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I obtained my PhD in 2007 from the University of St Andrews, where I remained as a postdoctoral researcher until 2009, working with Professor Moira Jardine.

In 2009 I moved to the University of Exeter after being awarded an STFC (Science and Technology Facilities Council) Postdoctoral Fellowship.

From 2010 to 2012 I was a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) working with Professor Lynne Hillenbrand.

I returned to the University of St Andrews in 2012, where I was part of the inaugural cohort who were awarded an STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellowship.

In 2019 I moved to the University of Dundee to help build their Astrophysics research group and degree programmes. My role, as Lecturer in Astrophysics, is a joint appointment between the Divisions of Mathematics and Physics.


My research exploits the latest stellar magnetism data, and multi-wavelength observations of young star clusters, to construct theoretical models designed to tackle the big questions: How did the Sun, a star that influences life on Earth, form and evolve? How do stars and planetary systems develop?

I tackle these questions by examining the evolution of low-mass stars during the final stage of their formation, as they emerge from their natal dust clouds and complete their gravitational contraction. These pre-main sequence stars reveal the history of the Sun during the epoch of planet formation.

To date, my work has focused on

  • the evolution of stellar magnetism
  • how young stars magnetically interact with circumstellar disks
  • the derivation of fundamental parameters for members of young clusters
  • the evolution of pre-main sequence stars
  • X-ray emission from stellar coronae
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I currently teach the level 4 module MA41006: Mathematics of Fluids and Plasmas I: Fluid Dynamics and the level 3 module PH32005/PH32010: Computational Physics / Computational Astrophysics.

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