I am a CITA National Fellow in the Department of Astronomy of Physics at Saint Mary's University in Halifax, NS. My research focusses on accreting black holes, which, in AGN, power some of the most luminous objects in the universe. Specifically, I am interested in how we can probe what is happening right down to the last stable orbit and event horizon using detailed X-ray observations.

I obtained my Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in 2013, working with Prof Andy Fabian in the X-ray goup of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge. I was awarded my Masters degree in Natural Sciences (Experimental and Theoretical Physics), also from the University of Cambridge (Jesus College), in 2009.

I have a particular interest in communicating science to the general public. I have given a number of talks to public audiences as well as to students in local schools about astronomy and physics. I am also involved in the public outreach activities at the Institute of Astronomy, having given a number of public lectures and talks in schools and being involved in the public observing evenings.

I have given astronomy lectures on board transatlantic crossings and the World Voyage of Queen Mary 2 as part of the Cunard Insights programme as well as giving live planetarium shows on board (in the only planetarium at sea) and hosting stargazing evenings on the decks.

In spend a lot of my spare time rowing (and coaching), am one of the chief umpires for the Cambridge University Bumps races and also do a fair bit of web design professionally.

Room AT 314

Astronomy and Physics
Saint Mary's University
923 Robie Street
Halifax
Nova Scotia
B3H 3C3
Canada

E-mail drw@ap (.smu.ca)
Telephone +1 (902) 420-5027