Scientific outreach is an important part of my academic career. If you are interested in chatting, please contact me.

I have visited primary and high schools talking to students about geophysics, as well as writing science articles for the general public – I would love the opportunity to this more, and will be looking to hold more public talks and discussions in the future. If you are interested, please contact me.

In 2017 I lead outreach at Whitworth Park School (in Spennymoor, UK) to 150 students aged between 13-14 years old and Holystone Primary School (in Holystone, UK) to 53 students aged 9-10 years old. In both programs I discussed how geophysics is relevant in the world.


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I enjoy writing and have been a guest author on the IFL Science blog and contributing work to the excellent website The Conversation. For the most part, I engage with people on Twitter  and in comment sections.

Working and studying in three different countries has given me the confidence to be an effective communicator, a skill highlighted by the University of Toronto in receiving the Van Kranendonk Teaching Assistant Award (a merit based accolade given out by undergraduate recommendations). During my PhD, I had the opportunity to give geophysics lectures (to over 100 students) and to develop undergraduate geophysics problem sets.

To expand my communication skills, I have undertaken an ‘Effective Communication for Physicists’ course and have spent an afternoon at a Primary School talking to children about rocks and minerals as part of my own career development (and independent from my studies). My public speaking skills have also been noted by Boston College, where I gave public lectures in 2008 and 2009 (by invitation).

Below is a list of invited presentations and seminars I have given on my research.

Boston College Seminar Series (Boston, MA, USA): 2008, 2009.

Cardiff University School of Earth and Ocean Sciences (Cardiff, UK): 2016.

The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics, Seminar (Oslo, Norway): 2017

Central Asian Tectonics and W Pacific Geodynamics Conference (Wuhan, China): 2015.

Circum-Arctic Lithosphere Evolution Workshop (Halifax, NS, Canada): 2015.

Durham University Geodynamics Seminar (Durham, UK): 2015, 2017

Deep Carbon Observatory Modelling Workshop (Washington, DC, USA): 2014.

Hull University School of Environmental Sciences (Hull, UK): 2016

Laurentian University (Sudbury, Canada): 2017

University of Toronto Earth Sciences Seminar (Toronto, Canada): 2016.


CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS (16 oral & 12 poster presentations as first author)

First author and poster presentation, unless stated. Co-author: italics; Oral presentation: +.

Arthur Holmes Meeting (London, UK):

2016+, 2016.

American Geophysical Union (Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA, USA):

2006, 2010+, 2012, 2013, 2013, 2014, 2014+, 2014, 2015, 2015, 2016.

American Geophysical Union (Joint Assembly, Montreal, QB, Canada):

2015+, 2015+, 2015+, 2015.

Brewer-Wilson Seminar Series (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada):

2011+, 2012+, 2013+, 2014+.

Canadian Geophysical Union (Joint Assembly, Ottawa, ON, Canada):


European Geosciences Union (Spring Meeting, Vienna, Austria):

2011, 2015+, 2015+, 2017.

Geological Society of America Annual Meeting (Charlotte, NC, USA; Denver, CO, USA):

2012, 2016+.

Gordon Research Conference (Interior of the Earth, South Hadley, MA, USA):

2013, 2013, 2017.

Mantle Convection and Lithospheric Dynamics Workshop (Davis, California):


RockFest Seminar Series (University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada):

2013+, 2014+, 2015+.

Study of the Earth’s Deep Interior (Leeds, UK):