A planetary geologist by training, I am now a full-time in science communicator. I have been working as a freelance writer and editor since 2012, and am currently the Communications Manager at Imperial College London’s Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering.
I have an undergraduate Master’s degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford, and a PhD in Lunar Geology from the University of London. Following my time at the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, I was a MESSENGER Postdoctoral Fellow for 3.5 years at the Carnegie Institution of Science’s Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC.
During my time working in research, I was involved with two exciting space missions. First, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s first lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, and second, on the science team of NASA’s MESSENGER mission to Mercury. Using data from the X-ray spectrometers on both spacecraft, I studied the chemical composition of the surfaces of the Moon and Mercury, and used this information to learn about their geological evolutions.
For several years I have also taken an active role in science outreach. I have given several school talks and public lectures in the UK and the USA, volunteered at science festivals, acted as a reviewer for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program, and performed science standup.
Since completing my postdoc I have worked for many of Europe’s major science and engineering organisations, including the Science Media Centre in London, Diamond Light Source, in the Communications Department of the European Space Agency in The Netherlands, and on Network Rail’s Business Critical Rules programme.
In my spare time I enjoy running, singing with the City Academy Songbirds, travelling, reading, musical theatre, and playing the flute.