I am currently Leverhulme post-doctoral fellow in the Extragalactic Astronomy group at Durham University in the north-east of England.
The main focus of my research is determining how the far-infrared emission of AGN is related to their X-ray emission at both low and high redshifts. We now know that a significant fraction of AGN activity is hidden from our view by the obscuring effects of intervening gas and dust. By observing these systems in the infrared and X-rays we can see through this obscuring material to reveal the processes at the heart of these systems.
As part of my Ph.D. I studied the non-relativistic outflows of active galaxies in the hope to determine what causes these winds, and what effects they have on the immediate region surrounding the active nucleus. My work on this continues via the study of emission lines from highly ionised species that we have shown to be outflowing at speeds of up to 1000km/s from these systems.
The work I do involves a great deal of data analysis, in particular image reduction. I am therefore also interested in developing methods to improve analysis methods in astronomy. On this note, I have written a number of IDL scripts that some people may find useful when analyising astronomical data. See Software Packages.