I am a postdoc at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg since October 2010, where I am working in the Dynamics group with Glenn van de Ven. Before working here, I completed my PhD at the Institute of Astronomy in Cambridge, under the supervision of Wyn Evans and Vasily Belokurov.
My research primarily uses kinematic data and dynamical models in order to investigate the properties, structure and formation history of galaxies and stellar clusters. Galaxies form via mergers and accretions, the signatures of which remain coherent in velocity data for far longer than they do in spatial data, which makes kinematic data a very important tool for determining the present structure of galaxies and unravelling their formation histories. I have a particular interest in the denizens of the Local Group.
When I'm not being an astronomer, I enjoy ballroom and latin dancing.
- 10 - 14 June 2013
- Prato, Italy - "Small Stellar Systems in Tuscany" conference
- 19 - 23 August 2013
- Guildford, Surrey - "Gaia Challenge" workshop