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Profile: Dr Ashley James King

Dr Ashley James King

The Open University, Faculty of Science

Professional biography

I obtained an MEarthSci in Geology with Planetary Science (2007) and then a PhD in Isotope Cosmochemistry (2010) from the University of Manchester, UK. During my PhD I used time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to investigate presolar grains that condensed around stars before our solar system formed.

I then spent a year as a post-doctoral research scholar at the University of Chicago, USA, continuing my presolar grain research and helping to build the next generation of resonant ionisation mass spectrometry (RIMS) instruments.

I briefly returned to the University of Manchester before starting as a post-doctoral research assistant at the Natural History Museum (NHM), UK in 2012. At the NHM my research developed a strong focus on using the mineralogy and petrography of meteorites as a way to unravel the geological history of asteroids.

In 2019 I became a Lecturer in Planetary Science at the Open University, where my research continues to use extraterrestrial materials to understand how the solar system evolved from a cloud of gas and dust into the Sun, planets, moons, asteroids and comets.

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