I am a University Teacher in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Sheffield. Prior to this I have held research posts at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, the Astrophysics group here in Sheffield, and the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge. My research has been funded by the Emmy Noether Programme, PPARC (now STFC), and the Lloyds' Tercentenary Foundation. I carried out my PhD research in Cambridge, and was an undergraduate at the University of Leicster
My primary research interests are the formation and evolution of active galaxies, specifically the triggering, fuelling and stellar populations of powerful radio-loud active galaxies, and the co-evolution of galaxies and black holes in the more general AGN population. Interestingly, while mergers are highly significant in the lives of radio-loud active galaxies, for the more average active-galaxy-on-the-street it seems that mergers play very little role at all, and secular processes are key.
My focus is now shifting towards educational research. I am currently working towards a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.
For the 2014/2015 academic year, I will be teaching the following modules:
PHY213: Stellar Structure and Evolution
PHY115/116: Professional Skills in Physics and Astronomy
PHY106: The Solar System
Outside of work, I write speculative fiction and poetry, narrate stories/provide factual articles for various podcasts, and chase after my two children.