How do Galaxies Evolve?

I'm a research fellow at the University of Nottingham working to try and answer this pretty big question. In order to do this I get the public to help out classifying galaxy shapes online with

I do this with a novel method using Bayesian Statistics and MCMC to determine the star formation histories of galaxies from their optical and NUV photometry. This code, starpy, is publicly available via GitHub and has been used to determine the morphologically dependent population star formation histories of over 126,000 galaxies across the colour magnitude diagram.

Having been one of those kids that wanted a telescope rather than a scooter for her birthday, I am now a very keen science communicator. I present physics interest videos for the YouTube channels Sixty Symbols and Deep Sky Videos with my usual level of enthusiasm for all things science. I was shortlisted for the Institute of Physics Early Career Physics Communicator Award and was named Audience Winner of the UK National Final of the FameLab 2014 Competition.


View my refereed papers on ADS.

Sixty Symbols

As part of my research fellowship I make science videos for the popular YouTube channel Sixty Symbols. Check it out here.

Science Communication

I am a keen science communicator, having taken part in FameLab, Bright Club and BBC Stargazing Live. Click here to find out more or request a booking.


Check out the astrophysical software for data analysis or visualisation I've been writing, including Hack Day projects from .Astronomy, NAM and the AAS Hack Days.

.Astronomy 8

I chaired the organising committee of the .Astronomy 8 ('dotastronomy') conference in Oxford June 2016. Click here to find out more.


Sometimes I write things. Sometimes they're useful. Sometimes they're not.

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