I had always wanted to be a Veterinarian, but during first year of University I found Science and Math was so interesting that I kept my options open with a dual bachelor degree in Science and Art (Math was conveniently classified under Art). Honours research year consisted of synthetic bioinorganic chemistry, where I aimed to create a chemical mimic of enzymes that detoxify pesticides. I side-stepped into atmospheric chemistry for a graduate degree, leading to international travel opportunities and eventually the move from Australia to the USA in 2014, where I am now a Project Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

My formative years were spent in the capital of Australia, Canberra, and during my undergraduate degree I was located in tropical Brisbane. I took some time to travel the world in 2008, using 6 months to experience everything from an African safari to a Russian banya. I completed my PhD at the Centre for Atmospheric Chemistry at the University of Wollongong, in a city located between forested cliffs and famous Australian beaches. I now live in the stunning city of Boulder, Colorado with my astronomer husband Tim Holt. When not researching, enjoying nature or traveling, you can find me dancing – I have tried almost every style.

Random things I think are interesting:

Energy use estimation for the next 2500 years - Tom Murphy
The Story of Stuff
Yoda Power - xkcd what if

Rebecca with the snowy Flatirons in Boulder.


Rebecca on a cliff overlooking the Illawarra.

My Code on GitHub
used for large datasets e.g. from models or satellites (NCL, perl, shell).