I am an astrobiologist: a geoscientist interested in the co-evolution of life and planetary environments across large spans of space and time. In my current role at the University of Edinburgh, I focus on the search for traces of ancient life in rocks from Earth that resemble those from Mars. Read more about my research here, and please contact me if you are interested in working with me as a PhD student.
I am currently co-director and Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at the UK Centre for Astrobiology, University of Edinburgh, where I will begin a new tenure-track role as a Chancellor’s Fellow in October 2019. I was previously a postdoctoral associate in the NASA-funded Briggs lab at Yale University. I was educated at St. Edmund Hall, Oxford, and received my PhD in Geology from the University of Aberdeen in 2014 (supervisors: J. Parnell and G. Nicol). I also worked with R. Mancinelli at NASA Ames Research Center as a NASA Planetary Biology Intern in 2013.
My work has been reported by a wide range of TV, radio, online and printed media. I am a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and of the Geological Society of London, and a member of the Palaeontological Association and the Astrobiology Society of Britain.