Happy to have survived round 2 of evictions! Thanks for the votes guys! :)
Imperial College London (2009 – 2014) and Royal Holloway, University of London (2004 – 2009)
PhD: Planetary Geology (Imperial College London); MSci Geosciences (Royal Holloway, University of London)
I’ve had loads of odd jobs as well as the academic ones! Natural History Museum London, Imperial College London, Mander Portman Woodward School, Carl Zeiss Microscopy, Royal Holloway University of London, City Lit, Peppermint Bars & Events, Ben & Jerry’s UK, Odeon Cinemas…
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Imperial College London & The Natural History Museum, London
Favourite thing to do in my job: Try and get other people excited about what I do! Science is useless if it can’t be understood or stir up enthusiasm or inspiration from those outside looking in.
I study meteorites and rocks from Mars and compare them to satellite and rover data from the Red Planet!
A geologist by training, I now spend my time in the depths of planetary science playing with meteorites and lamenting the loss of fieldwork from my immediate career (something that I intend to rectify in the near future)! I completed my first degree in Geology at Royal Holloway, University of London and then moved sideways into Planetary Geology for my PhD studies at Imperial College London. Fortunately my PhD was partnered with the Natural History Museum in London within the Minerals and Planetary Science division, so I have had access to one of the best meteorite collections on the planet for the last few years and had a fantastic time working within both the university and museum environments.
My research has primarily focused on the study of Martian meteorites and how these can be used as a ground-truth for rover and satellite data from Mars. I have also been investigating magmatic histories for Mars by studying the petrology of the Shergottite meteorites and using a variety of different X-ray imaging and infra-red spectroscopic techniques, and aim to continue developing these themes alongside terrestrial analogues and experimental comparisons.
My Typical Day
There’s no such thing as a ‘typical day’ when you work with rocks from another planet…
What I'd do with the prize money
Start an outreach program to take cutting-edge science to schools outside of London where the access isn’t as good!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Geeky. Chatty. Curious.
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Held a piece of Mars in one hand and The Moon in the other.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My teachers at school and college who were always so enthusiastic about their subjects.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not that I can remember.
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I have no idea! Maybe a baker?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Ooh, too many to choose! I guess I quite like Kings of Leon or Mumford & Son’s at the moment
What's your favourite food?
Cheese. Or maybe cake. No, cheese…
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Visited NASA Johnson Space Centre in Texas and met astronauts!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
1) To get to continue playing with space rocks for the rest of my career 2) To get to be an astronaut one day and go into space 3) To be able to make sure I can look after my family and friends
Tell us a joke.
There are too many bad geology jokes out there already…