SciSoc Spotlight Issue 9 – Dr Oliver Shorttle

16 November 2020. Dr Oliver Shorttle is with the Institute of Astronomy and the Department of Earth Sciences. A PDF version of this Issue is available here.

Research focus: Being non-specialist.

With the help and collaboration of students and colleagues across the University and beyond, we are studying the processes that lead to habitable and inhabited planets. From the assembly of planets around young stars, to their evolution into temperate rocky worlds, we employ astrophysical and geochemical tools to understand planetary evolution.

What made you decide to pursue research?

I love attempting, and in many cases failing, to solve the innumerable puzzles presented by the natural world. The process of discovery is its own reward and I have always felt this about learning.

What would be your advice to aspiring researchers?

Try and remember that research is a creative discipline.

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