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I'm a paleoclimatologist at the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units at Maynooth University. I study how tropical rainfall changed in the past and what changes in the climate system cause periods of droughts and periods of wetter conditions. To do this I use stalagmite geochemistry, using the changing chemical composition of layers of stalagmite calcite formed from falling dripwater over thousands of years as a record of how rainfall changed above the cave. I've worked in field areas across the world including Indonesia, Australia and Madagascar. I have a Geology degree from the University of Oxford and did my PhD at The Australian National University. After postdoctoral positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and University College Dublin I am now at Maynooth University.


  • 2021–present
    Assistant Professor, Maynooth University
  • 2019–2021
    Postdoctoral Fellow, University College Dublin
  • 2015–2019
    Postdoctoral Research Scholar, University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • 2014 
    The Australian National University, PhD Paleoclimatology
  • 2009 
    Oxford University, MESci