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Professor of Astrophysics, The Open University

I am Head of Astronomy in the School of Physical Sciences within the STEM Faculty at the Open University. I am an STFC Research Council Public Engagement Leadership Fellow, and my outreach work focusses on low social capital audiences on Teesside.

Research Group:
I have several PhD students and an STFC-funded postdoc, John Barnes. Our main research focus is on mass-losing hot exoplanets through the Dispersed Matter Planet Project which I lead.

Education: BA Physics (Oxon), PhD Astronomy (Texas).
Career history: Postdoctoral Researcher, Space Telescope Science Institute. Research Scientist, Columbia University. Lecturer, University of Sussex.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Astrophysics, The Open University