About

SAM_2921

(Hound Tor, Dartmoor)

email: bdrummond{at}astro.ex.ac.uk

I am currently a post-doctoral research assistant at the University of Exeter, continuing the themes of my PhD research by improving the representation of chemistry in atmosphere models applied to exoplanets. In particular, my focus is on making the treatment of chemistry more consistent with other aspects of these models, such as the radiative transfer and dynamics.

This research is part of a growing project that is adapting and applying the Met Office Unified Model (the UM) to the atmospheres of exoplanets. The UM is one of the most sophisticated atmosphere models used for numerical weather prediction and long-term climate studies. Our research, in collaboration with the UK Met Office, is pushing this model into new extreme scenarios to provide insight and understanding to the ever-improving observations of extra-solar atmospheres.

PhD – University of Exeter. Supervisors: Prof Isabelle Baraffe and Dr Nathan Mayne

During my PhD I investigated the atmospheres of hot, gas giant planets using both one-dimensional and three-dimensional models. In particular, I focused on the chemical processes in these exotic atmospheres, and how they can influence the observations of such planets.

Previous Studies

Master of Research (MRes) in Climate and Atmosphere Science at the University of Leeds.

Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Astrophysics with Chemistry at Keele University.

Awards

Best Overall Student Performance 2013 (University of Leeds/Met Office)

School of Earth and Environment Scholarship 2012 (University of Leeds)

Best Degree in Astrophysics 2012 (Keele University/Tekdata-Cryoconnect)

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