Researcher biography

I research extrasolar planets - planets around other stars - and focus on developing and applying new data science approaches for detecting and characterizing them.

Currently, I'm working on a survey of naked-eye stars in Kepler, K2, and TESS, to search for transiting planets. I'm also interested in exoplanet direct imaging, as well as using radio astronomy to study planets' magnetic interactions with their host stars.

I grew up in Sydney, New South Wales, and studied for my Honours and Masters at the University of Sydney. I studied abroad at the University of California, Berkeley, and in 2017 I completed my DPhil in Astrophysics at Balliol College, Oxford. From 2017-20 was a NASA Sagan Fellow at the NYU Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics and Center for Data Science. I'm now a Lecturer in Astrophysics and DECRA Fellow at the University of Queensland.

I'm vegetarian, keen on Python, Bayes, cycling, coffee, and Earl Grey. I was a member of the winning Balliol College team in the 2016-17 series of University Challenge on BBC2, with the wonderful Joey Goldman, Freddy Potts, and Jacob Lloyd. Sometimes I write: see my latest piece in The Monthly, about the possible discovery of phosphine on Venus. In the Oxonian Review, check out my short story The Marlborough Arms and my review of Tim Winton's Island Home. For the Cooper Square Review I wrote a lighter piece about an undergrad experiment gone wrong, a personal reflection on climate change, and a review of David Wallace-Wells' The Uninhabitable Earth.

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