I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge (UK). My research is focussed on planet formation, planet evolution and disc evolution using analytical and a variety of numerical techniques.

I obtained my PhD at the University of Exeter where I carried out numerical simulations to study the conditions required to form fragments to form planets in self-gravitating discs. I performed Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics simulations of discs both with and without radiative transfer.

Following my PhD I was a postdoc at Universität Tübingen, an ETH Research Fellow at ETH Zürich and a short-term postdoc at Universitat Zürich. I continued to explore the fragmentation conditions in self-gravitating discs using both a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics code and a grid-based code.

I am also interested in the subsequent growth and evolution of planets that form in both self-gravitating discs and T Tauri discs. In particular, I am interested in the migration and gap-opening of planets in these discs as well as the impact that the planet-disc interactions have on the dust in discs.

I am also interested in planet formation by the core accretion mechanism. I carry out research into the growth of dust particles in protoplanetary discs. I performed numerical simulations using a Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics code, which includes solid body mechanics, to understand the outcome of collisions between dust particles. This is crucial to understand what conditions are required for a solid core to form and grow into planets.

I also investigate the coagulation and fragmentation of an ensemble of dust particles in discs. Using analytical and numerical techniques, my collaborators and I developed a new physically-motivated approach to determining the collision velocities between particles in a disc. We have successfully applied this to both T Tauri and brown dwarf discs.

Finally, I am very keen to link theoretical models of planet formation and evolution to recent and future observations. I am interested in interpreting the structures seen in disc observations to understand if they can be the signposts of forming planets.

Prior to my PhD, I was at the University of Cambridge where I did my BA and MSci in Natural Sciences (Astrophysics). My Masters project considered the effect of a direct interaction between a star travelling on an unbound orbit and an accretion disc.