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Science Communication: People, projects, events (2016)

University of the West of England

Online course created to offer professional development for people new to science communication who want to develop their skills and knowledge in science communication practice. Course units included: (1) The historical and social contexts of science communication; (2) Understanding audiences; (3) Project planning; (4) Project management; (5) Designing face-to-face activities; (6) Facilitation skills; (7) Presentation skills; (8) Working with the media; and (9) Evaluation.



Planetary Sciences (2007–2010) 

Birkbeck College, University of London, and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Studies in lunar geology using existing remote sensing datasets and new orbital X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy from C1XS on Chandrayaan-1


Earth Sciences (2003–2007)

Worcester College, University of Oxford

Palaeomagnetic estimation of pyroclastic flow deposit emplacement temperatures at Volcán de Colima, Mexico

Professional appointments

White Paper Coordinator/Communications specialist (2016–present)

Institute for Molecular Science and Engineering, Imperial College London


Visiting Investigator (2014–present)dtm

MESSENGER Postdoctoral Fellow (2011–2014)

Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Carnegie Institution for Science, Washington DC

Invited talks and seminars

Look, but don’t touch! Exploring Mercury from orbit

2017          Think Space lecture series, Royal Observatory Greenwich, London, UK

Geochemistry of Mercury’s surface: Results from MESSENGER

2015          Joint MESSENGER-BepiColombo Workshop, Berlin, Germany

Mercury after 3.5 years of MESSENGER’s orbital mission

2014          Centre for Planetary Sciences, UCL/Birkbeck, London

The surface composition of Mercury from MESSENGER data

2013          Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX

2013          Joint MESSENGER-BepiColombo Workshop, Chicago, IL

The distribution of magnesium on Mercury’s surface as measured by the MESSENGER X-Ray Spectrometer

2013          Geological Society of America, Denver, CO

Regional-scale chemical heterogeneity on Mercury

2013          European Planetary Science Congress, Madrid, Spain

What on Earth is Mercury made of? Geochemical results from MESSENGER

2012          Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, Washington, DC

2012          Centre for Planetary Sciences, UCL/Birkbeck, London

2012          Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Dead, grey, and… boring?

2011          American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY

Impact craters: Windows through lava flows

2010          Centre for Planetary Sciences, UCL/Birkbeck


2010          Guest lecturer for Geology of Planetary Bodies, UCL

2009          Guest lecturer for Planetary Geology, Royal Holloway

2008          Teaching assistant for Geology of the Solar System, Birkbeck College

Community involvement

Science team member:


Chandrayaan-1 X-ray Spectrometer


American Geophysical Union

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Meteoritical Society

UK Planetary Forum


Journal reviewer: 

Earth and Planetary Science Letters


Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets

Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy and Radiative Transfer

Grant reviewer:

Group chief, panellist, and external reviewer for several NASA review rounds (2012–2017), e.g., data analysis, instrument development, mission instrument payload, and participating scientist programs

Official microblogger:

Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Houston, TX, 2016


2010          Barringer Crater Student Travel Award

2010          NASA Lunar Science Institute Travel grant

2008          Lunar and Planetary Science Lunar Exploration Summer Internship

2008          UCL Graduate School Student Conference Award

2007          Science and Technology Facilities Council CASE PhD student fellowship

2005          Weizmann Institute Summer Research Internship

2005          Worcester College Oppenheimer Award

2005          Worcester College Travel Award

2005          Batya Lyons Memorial Fund Award

Computer skills

Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Outlook, Sharepoint

Adobe Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Googleblogger

Content management systems: WordPress, t4 Site Manager