I'm originally from a small town called Bourne in southern Lincolnshire in the UK, and I spent four years at the University of Cambridge after I left school. I graduated in 2011 with a Masters degree (MSci) in Astrophysics, and emigrated to Australia in order to study for a Ph.D. I went to the Australian National University in Canberra, where I studied at Mt. Stromlo Observatory. My supervisor was Prof. Martin Asplund, and my Ph.D. research focussed on observing and analysing metal-poor stars in the Galactic bulge, in an attempt to find the oldest stars in the Milky Way. I submitted my thesis in August 2015, before moving back to Europe to start working as a postdoc at Lund Observatory, where I am currently. I work with Prof. Sofia Feltzing and others in the department, looking at a variety of questions related to the Milky Way's formation and current structure.
So far I am enjoying living in Sweden, in particular the large amount of coffee that is drunk here. Having said that, I do miss the kangaroos of Canberra! Other than my research in astronomy, I also like to sing, having sung with a number of choirs in Cambridge, Canberra, and now with the Lundkammerkör (Lund Chamber Choir). I'm actively trying to learn Swedish, despite the locals' strong desire to talk to me in English. I'm looking for a new team sport to get involved with, having spent time in Canberra playing weekly netball.