EducationTurnford School (2000-2005), Goffs School (2005-2007), University of Exeter (2008-2012)
QualificationsPhD from the University of Reading's Department of Meteorology
Current JobI work as a researcher in sea ice at University College London
I live near London with my boyfriend. When I’m not doing science I like to play the oboe and do triathlons.
I’m part of a big team from lots of universities in different countries trying to work out how much sea ice there is in the Arctic. We can do this using information from satellites but lots of things can make these difficult.
I don’t really have a typical day and that’s why I like what I do! Lots of days are spent in my office trying to work with data but I also get to travel round and talk about my work with other scientists, and visit schools and adult groups to tell them about the polar regions. When I’m really lucky I get to be in the Arctic to do work and take measurements of the ice (and try and avoid the polar bears).
I’d like to visit more schools and show people about the polar regions in a hands on way- dressing up in polar gear, doing some experiments and making some gloopy glaciers!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Optimistic, hard-working, lucky!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
A combination of the films Jurassic Park and Twister made me want to do science, but it was Frozen Planet and David Attenborough the made me set on the polar regions.
What was your favourite subject at school?
I found maths easiest but I really liked music
What did you want to be after you left school?
I wanted to be a vet, I even started at vet school before I realised I much prefer the research side and just looking after own my cats.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
I probably should have been quite a lot but my best friend was very good at talking us out of it- hang on to friends like that!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
A professional tea taster
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Always pizza! 🍕
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Last summer I spent some time volunteering at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand, we go to feed them bananas although I did then get rammed by a greedy water buffalo that wanted some too...
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To go to Antarctica, to have a pet husky and... is wishing for more wishes cheating?
Tell us a joke.
What did the polar bears say when they saw scientists in sleeping bags? "Mmmm Sandwiches!"