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I am a seismologist with several years experience in broadband seismology managing deployments in locations all over the world. I have performed passive and controlled source field work and have been invovled with projects monitoring features including glaciers, volcanoes, subduction zones, passive basins and oil and gas drilling. My interests lie in seismic instrumentation, network management and data interpretation.

Having worked on the BEIS-funded, BGS-led Environmental Monitoring Project for the Vale of Pickering and Lancashire, I have turned my focus off-world and am now working on the NASA InSight Mission to Mars.

InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a Mars Lander that launched on May 5th 2018 and arrived on Mars on November 26th 2018. It deployed a seismic station on the surface of Mars, containing both broadband and short period sensors. The mission is looking for tectonic and impact events and aims to determine the structure of Mars and improve our understanding of planetary formation. I am currently co-lead of the MarsQuake Service and spend my days analysing the data that is retruned each day and helping produce and manage the catalogue of marsquakes. Please see the NASA website for more information about the mission

I am also passionate about outreach and education and alongside the many public talks I do, I am also Co-I on a UK Space Agency Aurora Outreach and Education grant developing curriculum resources for Welsh schools. I was previously awarded a Royal Society Partnership Grant in 2013 to help run a series of workshops with Birdwell Academy (Primary school), Bristol and have also worked with @-Bristol science centre to develop a workshop on seismicity and risk sponsored by the Royal Academy of Engineers. I have links with Techniquest (Cardiff) and the National Space Centre, and have appeared on the BBC's Sky At Night several times. I am interested in making science accessible to all and have worked with the Lightyear Foundation and Flamingo Chicks and am a member of the SEN in STEM network.

External positions

Research Associate - SEIS-UK, University of Leicester

1 Apr 200431 Jan 2009


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