I am a CITA National Fellow in the Department of Astronomy of Physics at St 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 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.