I'm a lecturer/Postdoctoral Researcher in the Cardiff Hub for Astrophysics Research and Technology (CHART) at Cardiff University. My research is focused on the dust and gas (basically any stuff between stars!) and how they relate to star-formation. I primarily work in nearby galaxies but sometimes extend further out into the universe (or occasionally to the Milky Way). I moved to Cardiff in 2008 to undertake my Ph.D under the supervision of Steve Eales and Jon Davies, and enjoyed living in Cardiff so much I'm still here. To find out more about my research check out my Research Page.
In addition to my research I play an active role in the department. I am currently the Director of Postgraduate Research, so look after all the PhD students in the department, and am a member of a few committees (including the School Social team and the Equality, Divisity & Inclusion committee). I have the pleasure of currently supervising Gayathri Eknath and Bradley Ward as second supervisor. In the past I supervised Thomas Williams (now a postdoc) and Connor Williams. I've now been teaching the first-year module "Introduction to Astrophysics" since I created it in 2017/8, the "Galaxies and Galaxy Evolution" module since 2018/19, as well as supervising MPhys and MSc projects - see more on my Teaching and Outreach page.
My undergraduate bachelors and masters degree was undertaken at Cambridge University in physics (natural sciences tripos). I was a member of Jesus College where I played several of the colleges sports teams (but definitely not to a high standard) and played in the college orchestra. While, unfortunately not playing many sports now, I am still a keen rugby fan and often get to see an international match. For the last few years I have helped on my old secondary schools year 8 camp in the new forest, where I help teach outdoor skills and run activities. I also enjoy science-fiction and fantasy, as well as a variety of video games. For more info see my other interests section.
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