“I thought I wanted to go to space and go to Mars”

Emma Dodd has just finished her Masters in Physics, Astrophysics, and Cosmology at Lancaster University and is heading to the University of Groningen in the Netherlands to do a PhD.  

Emma has for a few years been the whiz kid of the XGAL team, doing her first research internship with the team in the summer of her first year, 2017, searching for galaxies with ALMA data. Since then she has done an internship at Leiden University (which you can read about here) and a second internship at Lancaster University with XGAL (read all about it here), as well as done her masters project with David Sobral on globular clusters.  She even went observing in La Palma together with David and a couple other students, check out that experience here. This summer, Emma will be attempting to finish off the paper on Lyman Alpha haloes that she started during her internship last summer, in order to get it ready to publish!

Emma at the Observatorio Roque de los Muchachos La Palma in 2018

Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock had a big influence in inspiring Emma to study astrophysics, and the XGAL team has her to thank for ending up with such a motivated member.  Emma attended her talk on colonizing Mars when she was sixteen which is what led her to study astrophysics so she could go to space. Since attending university, she has realized her true passion lies in research.  

As everyone around Emma knows, her favourite astronomical object is a globular cluster, which she became passionate about during her second-year internship in Leiden, and she created her own masters project about them in her fourth year. If you’ve ever heard Emma talk about a globular cluster, her passion for these objects shines through. 

Emma has also featured on the English version of the podcast “The Earth is flat on Planet Pluto” so if you want to learn more about her and her science check it out here.

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