How did you get interested in science?
When I was about 12, I was out walking the dog one night and I saw the northern lights - the aurora. It was beautiful and I wanted to know what it was. Then, about three years later, I saw an aurora again, this time in the west of Scotland. I still really wanted to know what it was, so I decided to study space science at university. I still don't know all the 'why's and hows' about aurorae, but it's fun trying to work it out.
What do you do besides work?
I've got an old 'Albacore' dinghy, which I sail in the summer. I also do a lot of photography, read a lot and listen to music (generally loud music!). I'm fascinated by local history and I’m building a model of part of the old harbour in Aberystwyth.