I am a Postdoctoral researcher at the University of Exeter. I started working with Prof. Isabelle Baraffe in November 2011 on a project to model the atmospheres of Hot Jupiters using a Global Circulation Model (GCM). Therefore, I am relatively new to the field of exoplanets. My research history includes a Masters level research project on Surface Plasmon Resonance, a PhD in Stellar ages and observational astrophysics and a postdoctoral project on radiative transfer in brown dwarf accretion discs.
The GCM project is a collaboration between the University of Exeter and the UK Met Office. We aim to use the Unified Model (UM), which is the code base used by the Met Office to model and predict Earth weather, to model the climates of exoplanets, initially Hot Jupiters.