I was born and raised in Sydney's western suburbs. From 2001 to 2008 I studied physics and astrophysics at the University of Sydney, and in 2009 I moved to Santa Barbara, California, USA for a postdoc. While there, I met my wife Lianne. We moved to Auckland in June 2012 and have lived here since.
Apart from my academic interests, I enjoy singing, playing guitar, motorcycling, skiing, watching sports (particularly cricket), and spending time with our daughter (born July 2018) and our two pets.