How long have you lived in Parkes and what do you like most about living here? I’ve lived in Parkes for 16 months. I love its accessibility to space, both in the land and in the sky.
Where do you work or what do you do currently and what do you enjoy about it? I’m an astrophysicist at the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope. It is my job to try and answer some of the big questions we still have about the Universe — it’s this potential to learn something brand new about the Universe that drives me!
What is your favourite thing to do when you have free time? As tempting as it is to say ‘sleep’, I do love to spend my free time outdoors, either gardening or hiking or just sitting in the sun.
What makes you proud? I’m proud that my life has been far more interesting than I ever thought it would be!
If you could be an animal which one would you choose, and why? I would want to be an albatross so that I could fly around and see the whole world!
What is your all-time favourite movie, song and/or book, and why? My all-time favourite movie is Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I grew up watching it and still laugh at every joke all these years later!
Tell us about your best holiday. It was a three-week backcountry tour of the South Island of New Zealand when I finished my PhD. I really needed that time to reset and there is no more breath-taking a place to do it.
What is on your bucket list? After living in Australia for more than 7.5 years, I’m hoping to finally become an Australian permanent resident this year!