About Me

I'm currently a third year PhD student at the University of Manchester working on finding and investigating transients with MeerKAT (MeerTRAP and ThunderKAT). My supervisor is Professor Ben Stappers.
  
I have completed on four astronomy research projects at three institutes. I completed my master’s thesis at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) with Dr. Jason Hessels, Dr. Jacco Vink, and Dr. Joseph Gelfand. I have also worked on an observation project with optical observations of globular clusters. I have completed two summer research projects; one at the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy Research (ASTRON) and one at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR).


For my master's thesis I imaged the Galactic Plane using LOFAR High-Band Antenna (HBA) observations in order to investigate Pulsar Wind Nebula (PWN) G54.1+0.3 and improve a PWN evolution model by Joseph Gelfand. In September 2016 I attended the Annual LOFAR Data School where I learnt about LOFAR imaging tools and processes. While working on the LOFAR observations I discovered a new supernova remnant (SNR G53.41+0.03) in the Galactic Plane. You can find out about the paper on this new SNR on my Publications page.​


I was awarded the De Zeeuw-van Dischoek prize for the best astronomy master's thesis in the Netherlands. I also won first prize for best astronomy master's thesis, and runner-up for best astronomy master's thesis presentation, at the University of Amsterdam.

The observation project commenced in 2016 when I visited the Mercator Observatory on La Palma. My partner and I observed the globular clusters M15 and M2 with the Mercator Advanced Imager for Asteroseismology. Our goal was to test theoretical models that suggest that the period-Wesenheit relation has a much lower metallicity dependence than the period-luminosity relation.

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At ASTRON I worked with Dr. Gemma Janssen and Dr. Cees Bassa on a period of unusual scattering of the Crab pulsar. I used WSRT observations of the Crab and modelled the pulse profile to measure the scattering time. We found that during a period of higher scattering a second peak was present on the main pulse and interpulse. I reconnected with Dr. Janssen and Dr. Bassa when I came to UvA and we are working toward publishing our results. I recently gave a talk on this work at the IAUS337 conference (The next 50 years of Pulsars). 

I worked at ICRAR over the 2012/13 Christmas break on a summer research project with Dr. Natasha Hurley-Walker and Dr. James Miller-Jones. I produced the first images of the Galactic Centre using the Murchison Widefield Array and compared them to Very Large Array observations.


I attended high school at Tintern Grammar and it wasn't until I was encouraged to apply to the Emeritus Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS 2009) by Mrs Derry that I realised that I could have a career as a scientist. I recently received University of Manchester Faculty of Science and Engineering funding to send some UK students to ISS 2019 through the Widening Participation Program.