My research involves detecting and analysing the spectroscopic signatures of gaseous molecules in our atmosphere. In particular, as certain molecules are able to act as probes of their environment, measurements of their infrared spectra allow us to study atmospheric conditions remotely, for example, from satellites or from the ground. These types of measurement allow more detailed understanding of atmospheric phenomena and can provide valuable inputs into forecasting models for weather patterns.
My husband and I are particularly fortunate that we have both been able to remain in Oxfordshire for our work and we have been spared the difficulty of relocating too far or managing careers in different parts of the country. Working part-time and using a nursery has allowed me to spend time with Owen whilst continuing and developing my research. I feel very lucky to be able to enjoy my scientific work and my family life at the same time.