I am currently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) within the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of St. Andrews, following a recently-finished 5 year Royal Society of Edinburgh Research Fellowship.
I am the PI of the Molecular Geobiology Laboratory and a member of the St Andrews Centre for Exoplanet Science. My research uses planetary field analogue and experimental research to develop the science and technology that forms the basis of current and future robotic space missions. I am interested in volcanic geothermal systems and how volcanism (including cryovolcanism) both drives and preserves microbial life within our Solar System. Regarding instrument development, I work on developing multispectral and UV fluorescence imaging systems that can be used to detect mineral deposits and biosignatures. Details about specific projects and my group can be found on the ‘Current Research‘ page.
Please feel free to contact me: crc9 AT st-andrews.ac.uk
After completing my undergraduate degree in Geology at Cardiff University, I undertook my PhD in Planetary Science at University College London. I have since worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Birkbeck, University of London, and the University of Edinburgh within the UK Centre for Astrobiology, before being awarded my RSE research fellowship and taking up my current post at the University of St Andrews.