Current PhD Researcher at Queen’s University Belfast
Sep 2016 Astrophysics research with specialisation in Solar Physics | Advisor: Dr. David Jess
Provided analysis of waves in the solar atmosphere, with focus on non-linear waves and their ability to perturb atmospheric parameters. As evidence points towards their importance in solving the solar heating problem. Use of image analysis on large 4D/5D data sets (exceeding TB size), including correction of atmospheric seeing, co-alignment procedures and running-mean subtraction. Leader at Queen’s in use of parallelised inversion codes, used to extract physical information from images. Significant observing experience (3, 3 week observing runs) at the Dunn Solar Telescope, using state of the art observational facilities to acquire data for use in multiple novel scientific publications.
Summer 2015 Summer Studentship at Queen’s University Belfast, Astrophysical Research Centre
3D Visulisation of supersonic flows | Advisor: Dr. David Jess
First person at Queens University to use a 3D modelling tool known as VAPOR to create 3D visualisations of the temperature enhancements in the Solar atmosphere as a function of optical depth, due to supersonic plasma flows producing shocks.
Summer 2013 Student Finance Assistant at Queen’s University Belfast
2014 Took tuition fee payments from students and completed their financial registration with the university. Gave direction to other members of the team who were less experienced in dealing with students and the computing system.
July 2016 MSci in Physics with Astrophysics, Queen’s University, Belfast
1st Class Honours
Thesis: “Type 1A Supernovae in Extreme Environments” | Advisor: Dr. Kate Maguire
| Detailed List of Exams
July 2012 Royal Belfast Academical Institution
A Levels Physics: A | Chemistry: A | Mathematics: A | AS Further Maths: A
GCSE’s 11 A* - B
Scholarships and Certificates
May 2018 Helen Ramsey Turtle Travel Scholarship (£2,200)
Mar 2018 Emily Sarah Montgomery Travel Scholarship (£300)
ApJ The Magnetic Response of the Solar Atmosphere to Umbral Flashes
Statistical Signatures of Nanoflare Activity. I. Monte Carlo Simulations and Parameter-space
Nature Physics Alfvén Wave Dissipation in the Solar Chromosphere
Invited Talks The Magnetic Response of the Solar Atmosphere to Umbral Flashes
California State University Northridge (2018)
Posters BUKS: Waves and instabilities in the solar atmosphere (Tenerife, 3rd - 7th September 2018)
EWASS: High resolution solar physics (Liverpool, 3rd - 6th April 2018)
Basic Knowledge Command Line, Linux, R, GitHub, Parallel Computing, SQL
Intermediate Knowledge IDL, Python, C, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, LATEX
Demonstrating Level 1 undergraduate Computational Physics (C and Python programming)
Level 3 undergraduate Computational Physics (C programming)
Development Week (C programming)
Outreach W5 Life through a Lens
International Student Information Event
Mentoring 2018/19: 1 PhD student and 2 MSci students
2017/18: 1 MSci student
Interests and Activities
Programming: • Constantly looking to expand my knowledge of python, by undertaking courses and challenges on Kaggle, EdX, Coursera and LinkedIn. Specifically trying to learn how to implement python in data analysis and hope to progress onto machine learning.
• Attended a Good Programming Practices Seminar at QUB. As part of this seminar we were taught about version control, unit testing, proper variable naming and implementation
of functions with a code.
• Attended an ARCHER Data Carpentry workshop, which provided an introduction to GitHub and SQL.
Sport: • Rugby enthusiast, who has been playing the game for more than fifteen years. This experience has highly developed my ability to work in a team and communicate in an articulate manner.
• Competitive swimmer and member of QUB swimming club. Competed at numerous
Irish Schools and Irish Universities championships. Achieved through years of hard work, determination and commitment.
• Recently took up indoor bouldering as an outlet during the week. It has also given me the
opportunity to learn a completely new skill that is challenging and requires a great deal of thought.
Other: • Member of the PhD Social Events committee within the department of Mathematics &
Physics. Helped to organise boat trips, PhD dinners and coﬀee mornings. This gave me the chance to work with people I don’t normally interact with on a day to day basis, and helped
improve my communication and teamwork skills.
• In my spare time I enjoy playing video games, reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, and travelling to diﬀerent countries and experiencing the local food.
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