Hobbies: Playing the saxophone, playing squash, reading, spending time with friends and family, writing (fiction & non-fiction), playing board and card games, hiking, model building and painting, astronomy, movies, and various other geekish activities.

Photos: If you're really keen I have some pictures from my old photo album that you can check out.

A Brief History: I was born in Goulburn, Australia on October 25th, 1973. My family then promptly moved to Tamworth, the Country Music Capital of Australia. I first gained my love for Astronomy in 1985 when my 6th grade class visited a planetarium. Thereafter, I made it my goal to one day become an Astrophysicist (aside from a brief stint when I favoured Palaeontology). After graduating from Tamworth High School in 1991, I studed Physics & Astronomy at Macquarie University in Sydney. I graduated with 1st Class Honours in 1995 and then accepted a scholarship from the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, USA where I lived for the next three years.

I moved to Hobart, Australia in September, 1998 to write my Ph.D. thesis at the University of Tasmania. I completed writing in May, 2000 and the degree of Doctor of Philosophy was conferred in December, 2000. In April, 2001 I moved to St Andrews, Scotland as a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. In May, 2005 I began a Postdoctoral Fellowship at University of Florida and then moved to Pasadena in December, 2007 to work at the NASA Exoplanet Science Institute as a Research Scientist. In the summer of 2013 I joined the faculty at San Francisco State University and built the Planetary Research Laboratory. My research group relocated to the University of California, Riverside in the summer of 2017 where we are now working with their astrobiology team.