Young Stars and their Environments
I investigate the early lives of sun-like and lower mass stars at ages when they are forming planetary systems. Using ground based and satellite observatories such as the ESO VLT, Spitzer and XMM-Newton, I test star and planetary formation scenarios. I am part of the steering group for the Gaia-ESO survey - a very large spectroscopic survey programme takong place on ESO's Very Large Telescope.
I have been experimenting with some novel online learning resources for my undergraduate courses in Mathematics, Electromagnetism and Compact Objects, including screencasts and interactive graphical models. An example is shown above.
I take the Keele Stardome (a.k.a. the Exoplanetarium) out to local schools. I use it to project the night sky, solar system and exoplanetary systems, covering topics on the KS2-5 science syllabus. The Stardome has made more than a hundred school visits since we upgraded to a spherical-mirror projection system in 2012, and it won the Times Higher Education Award for "Best Widening Participation or Outreach Initiative of 2015".