- 94-97 PhD in Astrophysics supervised by M.J. Barlow and P.J. Storey. University College London. London, UK.
- 91-94 BSc in Astrophysics (1st class honours degree, Best Astronomy student). University College London. Main subjects studied: Stellar Structure and Evolution (100%),
Extragalactic Astronomy and Cosmology (86%), Quantum Theory (85%), Atomic and
Molecular Physics (89%), High Energy Astrophysics (88%),
Interstellar Physics (95%), Instrumentation (88%),
four mathematics courses (average 97%).
- 90-91 Year working experience. Royal Yachting Association Sailing Instructor, Scotland.
- 88-90 International Baccalaureate (Grade 40/45, Best
Italian Performance) United World College of the Adriatic (U.W.C.Ad). Duino, Italy.
- 85-88 Italian Scientific High School. Bologna, Italy.
- 2005 - Consultant Large Synoptic Survey Telescope education and public
outreach consultant and liaison to AMNH.
- September 2000 - Research Fellow AMNH.
- September 2000 - Science Bulletins content adviser, AMNH.
- April 1999 - August 2000. Research Fellow at University College London.
- October 1997 - April 1999. Research Fellow at
the Institute of Astronomy, ETH Zentrum, Zurich.
Grants (as PI or significant co-I with funding) and Awards
- 2008 HST "Planetary Nebulae, Globular Clusters and Binary Mergers. Part II"
- 2008 Spitzer "The Disks around PG1159 Stars."
- 2007 HST Theory (co-I) "Beyond the textbook:
Planetary Nebula temporal evolution."
- 2006 HST "Planetary Nebulae, Globular Clusters and Binary Mergers".
- 2006 NSF "Stellar Duets - How companions change the lives and evolution of stars"
- 2004 HST "The shadow echo of the unique R
Corona Borealis star UW Cen."
- 2003 HST "A Tailored ACS search for proplyds".
- 2001 FUSE "Abundance variability in WD in DN systems".
- 2000 Isaac Asimov research fellowship (AMNH).
- 2000 HST "C/O ratios in PN with christalline silicates and PAHs".
- 1994 Perren Fund Scholarship to cover living
costs and fees to complete Ph.D. (maintenance not usually granted
to non-UK students).
- 1994 Maude Pierce award for women achievers in U.C.L. .
- 1994 Best Astronomy degree.
- 1993 Best second year undergraduate project.
- 1988 Scholarship based on national selections for 2 years at the U.W.C.Ad. .
- Routinely referee papers for A&A, MNRAS, RevMxA&A, AJ, ApJ
- 2007-1010 NOAO Telescope Allocation Committee
- 2007 Hydrogen-deficient Stars III - Scientific Organizing Committee
- 2007 Asymmetric PN IV - Scientific Organizing Committee
- 2004-2005 AAS Travel Grant Panel
- 2001,2008 HST TAC, Cycle 12 and 17 (could not attend latter)
- 2000,2002 FUSE TAC, Cycle 2 and 4
- Royal Astronomical Society
- American Astronomical Society
Teaching and Outreach Experience
- Supervising the research of graduate and undergraduate students and senior high schoolers.
- Laboratory demonstrating, marking and tutoring undergraduate students.
- Lecturing undergraduate and lay audiences on stellar physics.
- Teaching Astronomy to children and teachers in a museum enviroment.
- Teaching distance learning courses.
- Giving museum tours.
- Course writing for a variety off formal and informal audiences.
- Sailing instructing.
Other Skills - Interests
- Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, rudimentary German
- Sports: Sailing, Skiing, Caving, Riding, Salsa Dancing.
- Recreation: Painting, Photography, Cinema,
Public Speaking, Astronomy Education.
Last Update: 11 June 2008