Project Manager and Remote Sensing Scientist
I grew up in rural Newfoundland in Canada, and always had a keen interest in the natural world around (and above!) and how it all worked. I did my undergrad at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Applied Mathematics and Physics, and worked at the Institute for Aerospace Research and the Institute for Ocean Technology as part of the National Research Council Canada’s Women in Science and Engineering programme throughout my undergraduate. I then studied a DPhil in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics at the University of Oxford, looking at clouds from infrared instruments on Earth-observation satellites; and then as a post-doctoral researcher there looking at the atmospheres of Saturn and Mars from similar instruments, some validation work with the Rosetta mission, and operatinons for Cassini which was in orbit around Saturn from 2004 – 2017. I also then got involved in a number of instrument developments; I enjoyed this very much, and decided to pursue project management of scientific instruments for satellites and associated hardware at a UK-government national laboratory (Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space).