CV

Professional Summary

Research interests: My primary research interest is the hydrodynamical simulation
of galaxies. I have developed a chemical evolution and feedback scheme for the adaptive
mesh refinement code RAMSES. I have used this to simulated disc galaxies with 100 pc
resolution that follow the chemical evolution self-consistently in a cosmological framework.
I have also studied other features of disc galaxies; the formation of the thick disc,
stellar age and metallicity distributions, and the effect of satellite accretion. I also run
simulations of isolated galaxies to examine the formation and destruction of star forming
regions in a spiral potential.
Skills: I am proficient in numerical methods and programming with FORTRAN, python,
Matlab, IDL, LaTeX, Perl, Windows/Linux/Unix/Mac operating systems and have experience
with openMP and MPI and organise my code using Git repositories . I possess a comprehensive catalogue of
analysis code for simulation data. Both my expertise in handling large data sets and my ability to use
limited resources efficiently can be seen through my work creating a suite of cosmological
galaxy simulations. I have used a number of different high performance computing facilities; UK National Cosmology Supercomputer, Viper (University of Hull), Beskow (Sweden), Falcon and Wildcat (University of Central Lancashire), Complexity (University of Leicester) and Sisu (Finland).

Employment and Education

Jan. 2015 – present, Milne Research Fellow, E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics, University of Hull

Jan. 2013 – Dec 2015, Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter

Feb. 2012 – Dec. 2012, Assistant Computer System Administrator, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, University of Central Lancashire

Sep. 2008 – Jul. 2013, Doctor of Philosophy, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute for Astrophysics and Supercomputing, University of Central Lancashire
Thesis Topic: Chemodynamical Adaptive Mesh Refinement Models of Galaxies

Sep. 2004 – Jul. 2008, Master of Science, University of Nottingham
Physics with Theoretical Astrophysics
Thesis Topic: The Validity of Galaxy Group-finder Algorithms

Grants

  • University of Hull PhD scholarship funding bid (2017), 5 scholarships awarded to E.A. Milne Centre, £255,000, Astrophysical Data Science Cluster
  • European Union FP7 DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative (2016-2017), 8.6 Mcpu-hrs, GalChem3: Galactic Chemodynamics in the Era of Gaia (PI: Brad Gibson)
  • DiRAC HPC Allocation (2016-2017), 3.0 Mcpu-hrs, Galactic Archaeology: COSMOS Consortium (PI: Paul Shellard)
  • European Union FP7 DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative (2014-2015), 4.5 Mcpu-hrs, GalChem2: Galactic Chemodynamics in the Era of Gaia2 (PI: Brad Gibson
  • European Union FP7 DEISA Extreme Computing Initiative (2013-2014), 5.9 Mcpu-hrs, GalChem: Galactic Chemodynamics in the Era of Gaia (PI: Brad Gibson)
  • STFC DiRAC HPC Allocation (2012-2015), 8.9 Mcpu-hrs, Galactic Archaeology: COSMOS Consortium (PI: Paul Shellard)
  • Travel grant for ERASMUS intensive school Supercomputing and Numerical Methods in Astrophysics Fluid Flow Modelling (2008)

Professional Experience

  • Scientific & local organising committee: National Astronomy Meeting 2017
  • Co-chair Galactic Chemical Evolution, Stars, and the Creation of Elements in the Big-Data Era parallel session: National Astronomy Meeting 2017
  • Member of JINA-CEE (Joint Institute for Nuclear Astrophysics – Center for the Evolution of the Elements)
  • Local organising committee: STFC PhD summer school 2016
  • Chair of Galactic Chemistry parallel session: National Astronomy Meeting 2016
  • Module/Course review board: University of Hull, Physics Department
  • Referee for Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society and the Astrophysical Journal
  • Director and chair of internal seminars for the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute
  • Graduate student representative on the Jeremiah Horrocks Institute Computer Steering Committee
  • Chair of the Graduate Student Interest Group, Jeremiah Horrocks Institute
  • Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society

Teaching

  • Lecturer, University of Hull: Computational Physics Project 3rd year course including lesson and assessment development
  • Masters research project supervision, University of Hull (4 students to date)
  • Laboratory session leader, University of Hull: foundation year laboratory sessions
  • Mentoring of CREST Gold Award student
  • STEM research work experience for A-level student
  • Supervision of Royal Astronomical Society Undergraduate Research Bursary Student
  • Easter project supervision, University of Hull: Galaxy Cluster Finding Algorithms
  • Masters dissertation supervision, University of Exeter: The Galactic Habitable Zone
  • Cover lecturer, University of Central Lancashire: Astrophysics II: The Chemistry of the Universe, 2nd year module
  • Tutorial leader, University of Central Lancashire: Introductory Mathematics 1st year module including exam supervision
  • Tutorial assistant, University of Central Lancashire: Identification of Astronomical Objects and Spectral Identification of Stellar Types

Talk

  • Invited talk, University of Hull HPC Symposium, Sep. 2017: “HPC Astrophysics at the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics”
  • National Astronomy Meeting, Hull, Jul. 2017: “Large-scale galactic chemodynamics on the horizon”
  • Invited seminar, Korean Institute for Advanced Study, Dec. 2016:
    “Bridging the Gap: From Galactic Chemodynamics to Cosmological Simulations”
  • Invited talk, BRIDGCE meeting, Keele, Sep. 2016: “Galactic Chemodynamics”
  • Invited talk, National Astronomy Meeting, Jun. 2016: “Bridging the Gap: From Galactic Chemodynamics to Cosmological Simulations”
  • Invited seminar, University of Central Lancashire, Apr. 2016: “Chemical Evolution with Supercomputers: Hydrodynamics and Globular Clusters”
  • Invited review, BRIDGCE meeting, Keele, Sep. 2015: “Chemodynamics”
  • National Astronomy Meeting, Llandudno, Jul. 2015: “Grid Refinement Criteria for Shock Resolution in Simulations of Galactic Discs”
  • Invited seminar, Nov. 2014, Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna:
    “Satellite accretion in chemodynamical simulations of Milky Way-like galaxies”
  • RAMSES User Meeting, Jun. 2014, Saclay:
    “RAMSES-CH: Galaxy-Scale Chemodynamics”
  • Invited seminar, Nov. 2013, University of Central Lancashire:
    “Chemodynamics of a Simulated Disc Galaxy: Structures in Abundance Space”
  • Invited seminar, Feb. 2012, Cardiff University: “The Isolated Milky Way Fallacy: Simulations of Galaxy Environment”
  • Invited seminar, Nov. 2011, University of Nottingham:“The Isolated Milky Way Fallacy: Simulations of Galaxy Environment”
  • 4th RAVET (Real And Virtual Early Types) meeting, Jun. 2011, El Escorial:
    “Annual Progress of the JHI Node”
  • UCLan Graduate Conference, Jun. 2011: “RAMSES-CH: Chemodynamical Simulations of Galaxies”
  • Invited seminar, Dec. 2010, Observatoire de Lyon:“RAMSES-CH: a new Chemodynamics Code”
  • 3rd RAVET meeting, Jun. 2010, Teruel:“Including Chemistry in Hydrodynamical Codes”
  • Winner of UCLan graduate conference best presentation prize, Jun. 2010:“Finding Galactic Needles in a Cosmic Haystack”
  • 2nd Gaia Chemodynamical Survey meeting, Mar. 2010, Mullard Space Science Laboratory:“Including Chemistry in Hydrodynamical Codes”
  • Presentation and Q&A for research school delegates, Dec. 2009, Preston:“Life as a Graduate Student”
  • 2nd RAVET meeting, Mar. 2009, Valencia:“Chemical Evolution and Adaptive Mesh Refinement Simulations”

Posters

  • National Astronomy Meeting, Jul. 2017, Hull: Galactic Chemical Evolution @ the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics
  • From Galactic to Extragalactic Star Formation, Sep. 2014, Marseille: “A Comparison of Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics and Adaptive Mesh Refinement in Isolated Galaxy Simulations”
  • National Astronomy Meeting, Jul. 2013, St. Andrews: “Chemodynamics of a Simulated Disc Galaxy: Sub-Grid Chemical Evolution and Dissecting Abundance Space”
  • The Low-Metallicity ISM: Chemistry, Turbulence and Magnetic Fields conference, Oct. 2012, Göttingen: “Adaptive Mesh Refinement Simulations: Galactic Disk Chemistry”
  • 3rd Subaru International Conference: Galactic Archaeology, Near-Field Cosmology and the Formation of the Milky Way , Nov. 2011, Shuzenji: “RAMSES-CH: A New Chemodynamics Code”
  • Public outreach, Alston Observatory (2010-2013): “Galactic Archaeology at UCLan”
  • National Astronomy Meeting, Apr. 2009, Hertfordshire: “Adaptive Mesh Refinement Simulations: Galactic Disk Chemistry”

Outreach

  • Committee member of British Science Association, Hull Branch
  • Chair of Beverley Cafe Scientifique
  • “Astronavigation: Animals and Us” (invited talk) Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
  • “What makes the Milky Way?” (invited talk) Pint of Science
  • “Wonders of the Cosmos: Planetarium Show” Wilberforce College, National Astronomy Meeting School Days
  • “The Secret Life of Galaxies” (invited talk) Wildlife Wednesdays (Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, Preston Birdwatching& Natural History Society)
  • “What Atoms tell us about Galaxies” (invited talk) Pint of Science, Cafe Scientifique (Scunthorpe), West Yorkshire Astronomy Society, Wyke College
  • FameLab region final: “Explaining Gravitational Waves with a Slinky” (2016, runner-up and audience favourite) and “the role of bananas in tectonic drift” (2017)
  • FameLab region heats (heat winner): “The History of the Periodic Table from the Big Bang until Last December” (2016) and “How many calories are in a starburst galaxy?” (2017)
  • Presentation and Q&A for research school delegates, University of Central Lancashire: “Life as a Graduate Student”
  • Founding author of the University of Central Lancashire distance learning astronomy news webpage
  • Public presentation and telescope demonstration for primary school students, Alston Observatory: “Telescopes Through Time”
  • Presentation to Scout Association group, Preston: “How to Make a Galaxy”