Molly Peeples is an astronomer on the tenure-track at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Molly’s research is broadly on galaxy evolution, with a focus on how galaxies affect and are affected by all of the universe’s gas that is not currently in galaxies. She also spends a lot of time thinking about the origin and fate of all of the elements in the universe not produced in the Big Bang, and how these “metals” can be exploited to learn about the flows of gas into, within, and out of galaxies. As part of her staff position at STScI, Molly is a member of the team in charge of trying to maximize the scientific outputs of the UV spectrographs (COS and STIS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope.
Jo is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. She studies the atmospheres of planets both inside and outside the solar system. Clouds on these planets tend to get in the way of finding out other things about their atmospheres, so she has decided to embrace this fact by taking a particular interest in modelling clouds. Jo is also a keen science outreacher and one of her favourite activities is making model comets out of dry ice.
Jo studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge before crossing to the dark blue side for her DPhil (Oxford’s fancy name for a PhD). She has been working in Oxford since the completion of her doctorate in 2011. When she’s not doing science, she loves reading, singing and taking part in/watching musical theatre — in April she’ll be getting her habit on for an amateur production of Sister Act! She usually tweets about science and singing from @DrJoVian.