I am a Senior 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.
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.
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).