Hello! I am a PhD student at the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth studying interacting dark energy with my supervisors Dr Marco Bruni, Prof David Wands and Prof Robert Crittenden.
I spent my undergraduate years at Aberystwyth University, graduating in July 2017 with a 1st class honours degree in Astrophysics. I was awarded the 2017 Breen Prize for best Master’s dissertation in physics for my dissertation Dynamical Models of Dark Energy and Their Background Cosmological Evolution.
I’m interested in dynamical alternatives to the cosmological constant model of dark energy and my research is currently focused on how interacting dark energy models can be used to relax the cosmological tensions present in LCDM. My first paper on this subject is currently in press at MNRAS. You can read the preprint here, and a non-technical overview here.
I’m also interested in cosmological perturbation theory and in particular the covariant gauge-invariant formalism for perturbations, as well as Bayesian statistics and machine learning techniques and their applications to cosmology.
Outside of cosmology, I spend my free time playing the violin in the University of Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra and the Southsea Chamber Orchestra, and recovering in the pub afterwards!