Researcher in Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Imperial College London

I am a final year PhD student studying planetary sciences at Imperial College London and The Natural History Museum, London. My current project, titled: “Investigating the Sources of Fine-grained Micrometeorites: Past & Present” aims to better constrain the geological properties of C-type asteroids, including their peak metamorphic temperature, shock state, degree of aqueous alteration and production of dust. In practice, this means I investigate unmelted, fine-grained, Antarctic micrometeorites using a combination of micro-analytical techniques; SEM-EDX, EMPA, Raman, mid & near IR spectroscopy, μXRD and μCT.

Other interests include: fossil micrometeorites (cosmic dust that fell to Earth in the distant geological past), fireball networks, asteroid spectroscopy, Antarctic exploration, dinosaur evolution, Quaternary climate and science communication.

In addition to my academic career, I have spent 3 years teaching Geology A-level at MPW sixth form college and 3 years working as a subwarden within Imperial College halls of residence. Here, I was responsible for budgeting, discipline, welfare and first aid response for approximately 400 undergraduate students. I also work part-time as a freelance tutor (Geology and university applications) and, in the past, I have been involved in research projects exploring cloud forest ecology in Honduras, minerals processing for Cu-sulphide extraction and fossil recovery from Triassic-age mudflats.

Experience

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    Researcher in Meteoritics and Planetary Science, Imperial College London