I am originally from the South Wales valleys and I stayed in my homeland to complete my first degree at Cardiff University. There I did an MPhys in Astrophysics. While doing my undergrad I also worked at the local science discovery centre, Techniquest as an explainer and planetarium presenter. It was during my time working at the science centre that I discovered a love of talking with the public about science!
I currently work full time at the University of Southampton, which was where I did my PhD in Radio Astronomy too. I completed my PhD in 2012 and since then I have been employed as the ‘Outreach Leader in Astronomy’ . This job involves managing astronomy outreach and public engagement activities from the Physics and Astronomy department, I manage events both on campus and at local schools and colleges.
I am part of the second cohort of the Science Showoff Talent Factory. I performed my first comedy set at Bright Club in Southampton in May 2017. I absolutely loved it and have since presented ‘stand up’ sets at a variety of locations including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, London and Salisbury.
Running & Roller Derby
My main way of keeping fit at the moment is running, I like signing up to local 10km and half marathon races and I have done a few sprint triathlons, but I am not the best at open water swimming so have only managed to do triathons that have a swimming pool. I also try to do yoga and meditation as much as I can to keep me zen.
I am very lucky in that both my PhD and my current job have given me MANY opportunities to travel across the world. My favourite adventure so far was a 5 day trek in the ‘Lost City’ in Santa Marta, Colombia, which I did after attending a conference in Medellin. My trip advisor review of the trek is here.
I love reading feminist, science fiction, historical fiction and autographical books.
If you want to see what I am reading at the moment check out my Goodreads.