Roque de los
			Muchacos, La Palma (complete with sunburn)


From a discussion on why the planets are aligned

From the 'Ask an Astronomer' interview series.
The full set of interviews can be found here.

I'm a postdoctoral researcher working at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. My work revolves around the subject of circumstellar discs, low- and high-mass star formation, and astrochemistry. I'm currently working with Prof. Cathie Clarke on an ERC-funded project called DISCSIM.

Originally from the North of England, I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of St Andrews in 2009. I then moved back to my roots in Yorkshire, where I completed my Ph.D. at the University of Leeds in 2013. After this, I took up a postdoctoral research position at the University of St Andrews working on the DIANA project - an international effort to collect and model multi-wavelength datasets of protoplanetary discs around young, low mass stars. In late 2015, I moved to my current position at the University of Cambridge.

I'm very enthusiastic about introducing concepts in astronomy and astrophysics to a wider audience. I have given talks to amateur astronomy groups, primary and secondary school students, conducted rocket experiments in the field (yes, an actual field), and even appeared in a series of 'Ask an Astronomer' YouTube movies.

When not doing all of the above, I have been known to play ultimate frisbee, I'm a big fan of rugby, and I support Leeds United Football Club (which I have been assured, if nothing else, is good for my soul).