"I'm so grateful to work in fields that interest, excite and inspire me!"


Melanie loves the outdoors, especially the mountains, so in the winter she always tries to make time to ski and in the summer to walk and climb.  As well as the UK and Europe, she has trekked in Nepal and Peru, and climbed in the Himalayas, South America and Africa.  She also enjoys scuba diving and sailing, though does have a tendency to get seasick!

On a more regular basis at home she enjoys running, yoga and countryside walks.  She plays the guitar, loves dancing and never seems to find enough time to read everything she wants.  She speaks fairly fluent French, basic Spanish and is learning Norwegian.


 

QUALIFICATIONS:

PhD in Plasma Physics from Imperial College London
MSc in Physics from Bristol University
PADI Advanced Diver
RYA Competent Crew (sailing)
OPAL French Proficiency

 

AFFILIATIONS:

– Imperial College London – academic visitor in the Plasma Physics group
– Institute of Physics – member of the Science Communicators group and Women in Physics group
STEM ambassadors
– Associate Member of The Royal Institution of Great Britain
– Trustee of Edirisa UK, set up in 2005, which supports communities and education in Uganda
– Aspirant member of the Alpine Club

 

CAREER PATH:

If you are a student wondering how I got into physics and the work that I do, read the Week in the Working World blog I wrote for Alcester Grammar School’s Life magazine. I don’t have a normal week, so it’s more a story of how I came to be doing what I do.
 

THINGS WE LOVE:


skiing ⋄ mountains ⋄ science ⋄ green ⋄ classical literature ⋄ sunny mornings ⋄ dancing ⋄ apples ⋄ singing ⋄ tea ⋄ space