Education and Research Experience
Undergraduate degree: BSc. Honours in Planetary Science at University College London (UCL), UK. These studies were broadly focused on understanding the physical characteristics of planetary bodies. The fields of study covered mainly geology, atmospheres, and related physical subjects (physics, etc.). During my degree programme I quickly developed a ‘taste’ for remote sensing data interpretation and produced most of my undergraduate work analysing both terrestrial and planetary satellite images (with the help of Fugro NPA and other agencies).
Teaching qualification: Following graduation, I enrolled in a UK post-graduate certificate of education (PGCE) course and qualified as a (British) secondary school (high-school equivalent) science teacher. I worked part-time as a science supply teacher during my PhD studies followed by a few years as Head Tutor in an educational organisation for disadvantaged young people, organizing and co-ordinating teaching staff and resources, teaching Multimedia, Music Technology, and English. I was also involved in running and engineering Sound Base’s professional music recording studio.
PhD studies: Soon after my PGCE, I was offered a PhD research position at UCL focused on the analysis and geochemical interpretation of multispectral images of the Moon from the Clementine mission. This was part of a broad research project coordinated by Dr. Paul Spudis at the Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), and Prof. John Guest in the UK (UCL). My PhD thesis produced two first-author peer-reviewed papers (see reference list in CV).
Postdoctoral research experience: Subsequent to completion of my PhD programme, I was offered a postdoctoral research position at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS)in Germany. I have been employed now at Max Planck for three years analysing and interpreting multispectral data from the SIR and SIR-2 instruments that flew to the Moon on the SMART-1 and Chandrayaaan-1 spacecraft respectively. I also designed and produced all the content of the official SIR-2 website, including logos and science content.
I am delighted to announce that at the beginning of July 2012 I joined the MoonZoo team as a Leverhulme-funded post-doctoral researcher. This appointment will be for three years and will be based in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Birkbeck College and the Centre for Planetary Sciences at UCL/Birkbeck.
During this post-doctoral appointment I will be mainly responsible for addressing the science objectives set out in the MoonZoo article published in Astronomy and Geophysics in April 2011
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