I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with an MPhys “Physics with Astrophysics” degree. I am currently studying for a PhD in astrophysics at the University of Exeter, where I work with Prof. Frederic Pont.
The primary research for my thesis is about tidal effects in close-in transiting gas giant exoplanets. Many transiting exoplanets orbit so close to their stars that the effects of gravity due to the star on the planet varies across the planet, and induces a tidal bulge. The heaviest and closest-in planets can exert a similar effect on their stars. These tidal effects can strongly influence the evolution of these planetary systems.
I am also interested in the atmospheric physics of exoplanets – specifically, simple radiative transfer models to compare with the flurry of new observations appearing in the literature every week.