I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Astrophysics group at Imperial College London, working on solar irradiance variability. I use a model of solar irradiance to reconstruct the total and spectral irradiance variations over the past 400 years, based on the sunspot area and number records.
I am also part of the project SOLID (First European Comprehensive SOLar Irradiance Data exploitation), a collaborative SPACE Project under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission.
My role within SOLID is a collaboration between Imperial College London and the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, to improve existing total and spectral solar irradiance reconstructions using a SATIRE-type (Spectral And Total Irradiance REconstructions) model. The model uses as input magnetograms simulated with a surface flux transport model to better capture the irradiance variability on timescales of days to weeks.
We can simulate daily full disc magnetograms back to the year 1700 using the sunspot number record. This means that we can reconstruct total and spectral irradiance over the past 400 years and study variations on timescales longer than the solar cycle.
I am a member of the GalieoMobile initiative since 2009. We prepare and carry out activities in schools around the world that have little or no access to astronomy outreach activities. We have done so far five expeditions to Chile, Boliva, Peru, India, Uganda, and Brazil.
I was a Media Fellow of the British Science Association during the summer of 2014. I worked for one month as a science reporter for the BBC online news section and BBC World Service radio programmes like Science in Action and Click. At the end of my placement I got to attend the British Science Festival and report for BBC News.