I’m an astronomer completing my PhD at the Open University, supervised by Professor Andrew Norton, Professor Ulrich Kolb, and Dr Hugh Dickinson. I’m working on the SuperWASP Variable Stars project on the Zooniverse.

My research interests include astrophysical transients, time-domain astronomy, and applications of machine learning to the classification of astronomical data.

Academic Publications

See Academic Publications for a full list of publications, including those where my contributions were only minor. You can also find a list of my publications on ORCiD and ADS. Notable publications are listed below.


  • Norton, Andrew J., Hugh J. Dickinson, Adam McMaster, Matthew Middleton, and Richard G. West. ‘A SuperWASP Light Curve Displaying a Single Long-Duration Transit: A Jupiter Size Exoplanet in a Very Distant Orbit?’ Research Notes of the AAS 6, no. 4 (April 2022): 84. https://doi.org/10.3847/2515-5172/ac6811.


  • Adam McMaster et al., ‘VeSPA: The SuperWASP Variable Star Photometry Archive’, Research Notes of the AAS 5, no. 10 (October 2021): 228, https://doi.org/10.3847/2515-5172/ac2de8.
  • Thiemann, Heidi B, Andrew J Norton, Hugh J Dickinson, Adam McMaster, and Ulrich C Kolb. ‘SuperWASP Variable Stars: Classifying Light Curves Using Citizen Science’. Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 502, no. 1 (2 February 2021): 1299–1311. https://doi.org/10.1093/mnras/stab140.