After completing my undergraduate degree in Geology at Cardiff University, I
undertook my PhD in Planetary Science at University College London. This work was highly
multidisciplinary, and focused on utilising volcanic environments in Iceland,
Svalbard, and Antarctica as Martian analogues. These environments were explored
regarding their microbial diversity, biosignatures, and habitability. In
addition, I am also involved in the scientific development of the Panoramic
Camera instrument on board the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover, a role
which enabled me to test planetary instrumentation in Svalbard as part of the
Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition
(AMASE) in 2009 and 2010.
I am currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in the UCL/Birkbeck Centre
for Planetary Sciences, and as a member of the UK Centre for Astrobiology.
This research is funded by the Leverhulme Trust, and is focused on investigating
subglacial volcanoes in Iceland as a habitat for life, with the aim to apply this
knowledge to the search for life on Mars (see Research page for more
information). For my CV please click here.