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I am a PhD student in astrophysics at the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester under the supervision of Prof. Albert Zijlstra.
Research-wise, I am primarily an observational astronomer, looking at evolved stars and planetary nebulae. Calculating abundances of various molecules and ions plays a large part in my PhD, but I have also done some work on HCN masers in circumstellar envelopes, AGB variability and some modelling of specific stars.
I've found teaching undergraduate maths, physics and lab to be fun and rewarding. I have been teaching in some way since my PhD began, and hope to continue this as long as I am able to!
I enjoy doing science outreach and have been part of the The Jodcast team since I started my PhD. I am also a STEM ambassador in Greater Manchester and have helped out at many public outreach events at Jodrell Bank, MOSI and the university.
I am also a keen netball player and play for the Physics Netball Team during term time.
E-mail: csmith AT jb.man.ac.uk