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Senior Research Associate in Planetary Seismology, University of Bristol

I am a planetary seismologist based at the university of Bristol, working on NASA's InSight Mission to Mars. I co-lead the Marsquake Service (MQS) Frontline Operations and spend my days hunting for marsquakes.

I've had a diverse career within seismology starting with several years post-PhD working for SEIS-UK (the Natural Environment Research Council's seismic equipment facility), managing, maintaining and deploying seismometers all over the world. I followed this with a few years managing equipment for various projects at Bristol University's School of Earth Sciences.

I was part of the BEIS-funded, BGS-led consortium that performed the baseline monitoring of the Vale of Pickering and for a while worked part-time for TerraDat UK Ltd performing geophysical surveys and near-surface seismic data analysis.

I enjoy public engagement and outreach and have worked with Explorer Dome, The Lightyear Foundation, Flamingo Chicks, the National Space Centre, We the Curious, and Techniquest as well presenting to many schools, community groups and learned societies. I am a member of the SEN in STEM network and have appeared on the BBC's Sky at Night on three occasions (discussing marsquakes). I have also held grants for outreach activities including a Royal Society Partnership Grant and an Aurora Outreach grant called Mission to Mars which developed secondary school curriculum materials for Wales.


  • –present
    Senior Research Associate in Planetary Seismologist, University of Bristol


  • 2005 
    University of Bristol, PhD Seismology