I am a PhD student in the Astronomy and Astrophysics group at the University of Warwick. My supervisor is Peter Wheatley. I work as part of the Next Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), currently looking for stellar flares in our dataset. These are explosive magnetic reconnection events which occur on stars ranging from those similar to our Sun to much later spectral types. Once we find these events we can calculate various parameters such as their energy and duration - helping to determine what might happen to exoplanets in their path. Our work on this has been featured in national and international media.
I also work on elements of the NGTS reference catalogue pipeline, in particular the cross-matching of the NGTS source positions with external catalogues such as Gaia, 2MASS and APASS. This allows us to obtain photometry and astrometric information about our objects, which can then be fed into other things (e.g. SED fitting).
Jackman et al (2018), "Detection of a giant flare displaying quasi-periodic
pulsations from a pre-main sequence M star with NGTS"
Jackman et al (2018), "Ground-based detection of G star superflares with NGTS"
Conference Talks and Poster Presentations
- Talk: "Constraining The Effects Of Stellar Flares on Exoplanet Habitability with NGTS" (ERES IV, Penn State, U.S.A, June 2018)
- Talk: "High Cadence Detections of Stellar Flares with NGTS" (EWASS, Liverpool, April 2018)
- Poster: "Stellar Flares and Exoplanet Habitability with NGTS" (UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, Oxford, March 2018)
- Talk: "Stellar Superflares In NGTS" (51st ESLAB Symposium "Extreme Habitable Worlds", ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, December 2017)
- Talk: "Stellar Flares Detected By The Next Generation Transit Survey" (National Astronomy Meeting, Hull, July 2017)
- Poster: "Cross Matching With NGTS" (UK Exoplanet Community Meeting, St Andrews, March 2017)
- A baby star's fiery tantrum - on our detection of a giant stellar flare exhibiting QPPs from a pre-main sequence star. This release was picked up by Forbes, the Daily Mail and New Scientist (among others).
- Recipient of an ESA Young Researcher Award, for work presented at the 51st ESLAB Symposium "Extreme Habitable Worlds".