ABOUT

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I am an astrophysicist and research computing manager based in the South of England. My science focuses on looking for morphological signatures of binary supermassive black hole systems in large-scale radio jets. I make simulations using hydrodynamic code and use observations from the LOFAR Two-metre Sky Survey (LoTSS) to identify potential galaxies that contain supermassive binaries, with the aim of shortlisting candidate hosts for future gravitational wave instruments. I also manage a HPC facility and am involved in some aspects of the development of the SKA SRC network.

 

I am also studying philosophy of science part-time. My main interests are in epistemological representations of gravity, and in the interface between citizen science, machine learning and domain expertise. I am also interested in the philosophy of narrative storytelling, particularly its role in cultural and personal identity. Before I became an astrophysicist, my background was in climate modelling and project management across the heritage sector (both in cultural and natural heritage). 

I am a full member of the Society of Authors and write speculative fiction, non-fiction and poetry. I have one book published and am working on several more. When I'm not doing any of the above I am probably painting, playing piano or going for walks. 

Education

2017- 2022

University of Hertfordshire

2006 - 2007

Heriot Watt University

2003-2006

Bath Spa University

PhD in Numerical Astrophysics with a focus on simulations of radio jet morphology.

MSc in Marine Resource Development and Protection

BSc Environmental Biology