Dang it! Destroyed another galaxy
Open University and University of Manchester
GCSE's, A-Levels, BSc in Chemistry, BSc in Astrophysics, MSc(res) in Astrophysics
Schools in Japan, High Schools in England as a science and maths teacher, Aviva customer services, Marsh Insurance Brokers,
PhD student at University of Manchest in JBCA
Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester
Favourite thing to do in my job: I get to blow up galaxies!
I am a PhD student who likes to roll around in the mud
I play rugby at the weekends so am usually a little broken and sore. During the week I either train rugby, go to the gym or play board games. A bit of a geek, love sci-fi and fantasy and playing rpgs and board games. I used to live in Tokyo, was there for just over 7 years, I seem to have forgotten a lot of Japanese recently and can only just hold a conversation and my reading of Japanese is truly awful! I am also a bit of an old school metalhead, I love music and especially heavy metal.
I am trying to simulate the evolution of dwarf galaxies to see how stars form
I am about 6 months into my PhD which will last about 3.5years. During this time I am hoping to simulate the evolution of a dwarf galaxy, a dwarf galaxy is about half the size of the Milkway, to see how stars are formed and where they are formed. In galaxies stars are formed in molecular clouds, or what are more commonly known as stellar nurseries or nebula, picture a (part of the Carina Nebula). We want to see how these clouds form from the interstellar medium (the gas that makes up a galaxy), and how things like supernova effect their shape and star formation rate. When we run the simulations on supercomputers we get to look at different times during the evolution and at different environments. In picture b you can see a galaxy at 92 Million years old where we are looking at the density distribution of the gas, and in picture c you can see the same galaxy at 117 Million years old where we are looking at the temperature of the gas. The next few graphs are ways that we analyze the data and see how the chemistry behaves and if we are doing the right things in the simulation.
a) b) c) d) e)f) g)
My Typical Day
Gym, uni, code, eat, rugby, sleep!
If I am not doing rugby in the evening I try to go to the gym in the morning. I find this helps me wake up and be a little more prepared for bashing and hacking code, and just generally not getting things to work properly. After gym I go straight to university where as I said I butcher coding, make endless gifs and plots of my simulations to see if things have worked, a fair amount of coffee is consumed in this process. In the evenings I am either at rugby, or playing board games to try and forget the horror that is coding. I also spend a lot of time going to gigs, big or small, but always heavy!
What I'd do with the prize money
For PhD students and researches to visit schools to show a more fun side to science
I would like to use the money to show younger students who are making GCSE choices or A-Level/College choices that not all science is boring graphs and crazy mathematics. And that even underprivileged and lower ability students that science is fun, and that there can be jobs and uses to learning about science other than the ‘I have to because its a core subject’ idea.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Geek, metalhead, viking(?)
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
Been invited to talk at the Royal Astronomical Society building
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Hard question to answer, I took a long break from science when I lived in Japan, but when I came back I remembered my love for the stars and went back to university. In a way my parents (reminding me that I love science) and my brother (mainly because he earns far too much money, but gave up on his Masters, and so I want to go further and have him call me Dr! lol)
What was your favourite subject at school?
Science, mainly chemistry because we got to burn stuff, and art
What did you want to be after you left school?
I first wanted to be an architect, then some form of chemist.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No comment ;p
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Probably working in a science based industry, or teaching in Japan
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Myrkur (the lady who sings to cows in youtube)
What's your favourite food?
Okonomiyaki (Japanese pancake)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Lived in Japan for 7 years
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be able to do my research in Japan, to never have to pay for anything, to be the worlds best programmer
Tell us a joke.
Why should you never trust an atom? They make up everything