I'm Jake, a current PhD student at the University of Southern Queensland, based in sunny Queensland, Australia.

My PhD research involves exoplanets, planets discovered beyond our own solar system. I'm going to detect large rocky planets and small gassy worlds using NASA's new planet finding telescope TESS and Toowoomba's own telescope array MINERVA-Australis. I'm then looking into what makes up these big rocky 'Super-Earths' and small gassy 'Sub-Neptunes' to better understand the habitability of such worlds.

I love talking about science as much as conducting it and would consider myself to be a scientists and a science communicator. I've previously worked at Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology Centre in the nation's capital. There I travelled around Australia, presenting STEM shows and workshops to primary schools, high schools and the broader Australian public.

Experience

  • 2017–present
    PhD Candidate, University of Southern Queensland

Education

  • 2016 
    Australian National University, Master of Science Communication Outreach
  • 2014 
    The University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Science(Honours)
  • 2013 
    The University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Science(Space Science and Astrophysics)