During just 5 – 10 million years following the ignition of a star, the giant cloud of material that surrounds this young object transforms into an organised collection of planetary bodies. The processes that occur during this short time span act to establish the key properties that govern the behaviour of these bodies over the following billions of years. My research focusses on elucidating these processes to build an understanding of how and why planets look and behave the way they do today and ultimately try to decipher the processes that lead to a planet being able to foster life.
I did my undergraduate degree and PhD at the University of Cambridge, followed by a NASA-funded post doc at MIT. I was then a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge.