who

I am a Research Associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at University College London. My background is in Physics and Space Science, specifically hypervelocity impacts of micron to millimetre sized particles; this work ranged from calibration of earth orbiting dust impact detectors to analysis of data returned from DEBIE (Debris In Orbit Evaluator) and Cassini CDA (Cosmic Dust Analyzer). I now work in the joint Birkbeck/UCL London Geochronology Centre, where in-situ analysis doesn't require a rocket.

what

My research focuses predominantly on methodology: pushing the instruments in the Noble Gas Laboratory to their limits, hopefully without breaking them. I'm also a demonstrator on the GEOL 1012 Dorset Fieldcourse.

where

The London Geochronology Centre is based in the Kathleen Lonsdale Building, on Gower Place, at University College London. The Noble Gas Laboratory houses a Nu Noblesse Noble Gas mass spectrometer and a fully automated Patterson Instruments Helium Line (with Pfeiffer Quadrupole Mass Analyser). The laboratory has three lasers: CO2 (10600 nm), Infrared diode laser (808 nm) and a New Wave Ultraviolet laser (213 nm).