I am a Royal Society University Research Fellow who works on various theoretical and observational aspects of planet formation and the end results – planets and debris disks – as seen around nearby stars.
Among other topics, I have recently worked on transiting dust populations, what debris disks may tell us about the alignment of orbits in stellar and planetary systems, and the possible impact of exo-Zodiacal dust on future missions to image Earth-like planets around other stars.
I am involved in many collaborations, including ongoing surveys such as LBTI HOSTS and NaCo ISPY.
PhD projects (to start late 2018)
If these projects, or anything to do with circumstellar disks, interests you, please drop me a line!
I expect to offer a Warwick-funded PhD studentship to model and interpret data from the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. The project will focus on observations of young stars that aim to detect and characterise the dust and gas content of circumstellar disks. The two main goals are the detailed characterisation of specifically interesting systems, and to infer the success of planetesimal formation via detection statistics. Some data are in hand already, some will arrive during 2018, and one of the goals of the PhD will be to use these results to obtain more!
Exo-zodi and LBTI
I may offer a Royal Society funded PhD studentship to work on "exo-zodi", the analogues of our Zodiacal cloud that are seen in the habitable zones of other stars. This project will involve modelling and interpreting observations from the Large Binocular Telescope Interferometer (LBTI). Funding for this project is pending, but the outcome should be known before the end of 2017.