I'm a Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Nottingham. I work on astroparticle physics, at the interface between particle physics and astrophysics. I’m a member of the Particle Cosmology Group and also interact closely with the Astronomy Group.
Currently my main focus is dark matter. I’m particularly interested in primordial black holes, and the signals expected in WIMP and axion detection experiments. I also work on early Universe cosmology, in particular inflation, and dark energy. Information about potential PhD projects can be found here.
I’m actively involved in various outreach activities, ranging from schools talks to an In Our Time episode on Dark Matter on Radio 4. I teach 3rd year Introduction to Cosmology and 4th year Modern Cosmology, supervise undergraduate projects on dark matter and inflation, and was the departmental Environment coordinator for REF2021. I’m on the editorial board of the Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics and the steering committee of the European Consortium for Astroparticle Theory (EuCAPT), and have served on various national and international committees and funding panels.
Here are my CV, inSPIRE profile page and contact details. These slides (from a Women in Science seminar organised by the Nottingham Women in Maths PhD group) summarise my academic history.
When I’m not doing physics I like to run very long distances (through peat bogs in Winter, across Tennessee in mid Summer, pulling a sled around in the Arctic circle and even round and round in small circles) and travel (often wearing my favourite red trousers).