In 2012, I set up my own research group here in Bonn having received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's Sofja Kovalevskaja award. Prior to this, I was a Stromlo Fellow at Mount Stromlo Observatory at the Australian National University. Formerly, I worked at the Centre for Stellar and Planetary Astrophysics (now the Monash Centre for Astrophysics), as part of John Lattanzio's Stellar Interiors and Nucleosynthesis (SINS) group. During this time I was an Australian Postdoctoral Fellow having received a 3-year grant under the Australian Research Council's Discovery Projects scheme. Prior to this, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College and worked at the Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge. I did my Ph.D. at the IoA under the supervision of Christopher Tout, working on stellar evolution. I obtained my M.Phys from Oxford University, and I spent 10 weeks working at the Anglo-Australian Observatory under the supervision of Chris Tinney.
Most of my work focuses on stellar evolution, particularly of low- and intermediate-mass stars. I work with the stellar evolution code STARS. Webpages for the code can be found here, and I have started writing a tutorial for it. I have now begun to work on hydrodynamical simulations of processes in stellar interiors.
My interests include:
- Asymptotic giant branch stars
- Binary stars
- Carbon-enhanced metal-poor stars
- Non-canonical mixing mechanisms
A list of my publications can be found here.
I am a great fan of manatees (as anyone who's been in my office will know!). They are wonderfully placid sea-creatures, but are sadly endangered. I have adopted one to try and help them out!