I became an Earth and planetary scientist after a long and varied career as a tube driver, sales assistant and care worker. After taking evening classes in astronomy and geology, I studied Earth and Ocean Science BSc at the University of Brighton. For my PhD at Mullard Space Science Laboratory, University College London, I worked on the hunt for the building blocks of life in dust on Mars. I established detectability limits on hydrocarbons that could be exposed by dynamic processes on the Martian surface using laboratory analogues. I was chosen as a Schmidt Science Fellow in 2020, and pivoted from looking at the surface of Mars to the oceans of Earth with the University of Oxford Oceanbug group.
My current research is on finding ways to monitor ocean acidification from space using remote sensing instruments by carrying out laboratory analogue experiments to simulate changing pH levels in ocean water samples.
I am passionate about outreach and science communication that make science more inclusive, especially for those from low-income backgrounds like myself, and those who want to become scientists later in life, as I did.