Duncan is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Astronomy, part of the University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on numerical simulations of protoplanetary discs, the spawning grounds of the planets. He came to fame (and infamy) through a research sideline – numerical astrobiology. His work on attempting to model life in the Galaxy became a hot topic in the blogosphere, and was picked up by the major news networks across the globe.
In his spare time, Duncan enjoys golf, basketball and (to lesser ability) squash. He is a keen gardener, and enjoys good food with an espresso (or a wee nip) as a digestif. He is also a Scot, and as a result too opinionated for his own good.