I`m friendly, kind and relaxed. I do not wish to sell myself as the best thing since sliced bread, but I do like to think I am a competent scientist in geology, geochemistry and engineering. I am an ardent science outreach enthusiast and run the popular, loud and brash scicomm project called Science Hooker.
Previously I gained a 1st in a BSc. geoscience, and was half way through my MSc.at distinction grade when the PhD was offered.
Current research: I am completing my final six months of a PhD in the crust-atmosphere coupling and carbon sequestration of early Mars. The research explores whether mineral carbonation may have partially caused the loss of the early Mars atmosphere. I am also comparing mineral carbon sequestration in Martian meteorites with terrestrial analogues (Oman and Leka ophiolites), supporting this by conducting chambered geochemical carbonation experiments with the British Geological Survey (BGS). There is also an engineering aspect, prototyping a new ultrasonic polisher (the MOUSE) for potential use on a future Mars rover as part of the Space Glasgow Ultra Sonic Planetary Drilling team. The dominant research tasks involve using Zeiss Sigma and Quanta SEM (WDS/EBSD/EDS), an FEI T20 TEM (with FEI DuoMill FIB slice sample preparation) and geochemical modelling on PHREEQC and Geochemist Workbench. I also learnt how to cut and prepare my own thin sections.
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Fellow of the Royal Geological Society, Member of The Meteoritical Society, Member of the Mineralogical Society, Member of the European Association of Geochemistry, Member of the American Geophysical Union.
Paneth Trust Award (Royal Astronomical Society) for a project on Transmission Kikuchi Diffraction (TKD): Developing a new technique for microstructural analysis of planetary materials, 2015.
Placed in top 10 international science writers on Biotechnology for 2014 by the Oxbridge roundtable.
Availability: Evenings and weekends by advance notice. I travel a lot with my research, so please be patient if a reply takes a little while.
I am comfortable teaching university level, relatively comfortable at A level, but I am not sure I would be pitching things at the right level to teach GCSE.
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: Little teaching experience (I used to work on the phones at the Open University offering student support), but I am knowledgeable and experienced in geoscience, and working as a full time scientist.Contact this Tutor