Dr Jennifer Claydon

Dr Jennifer Claydon
  • Post-Doc Research Assistant Meteoritics Project A
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Mineral and Planetary Sciences Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road



2012      Ph.D, “The Behaviour of Iodine and Xenon in the First Asteroids”
               University of Manchester 

2008      Masters of Earth Science -Geology with Planetary Science
               University of Manchester (1st class honours)



My area of research is early solar system chronology – I am interested in the timing of processes that formed and altered asteroids and planets. 

Elemental map of a chondrule.

Combined elemental map in Mg (red) Ca (blue) and Al (green) of a chondrule from the CV chondritic meteorite Mokoia.

I am currently working on an STFC funded project entitled “Heating in the Pre-Accretionary Solar System” in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Bristol.

My work involves analysing round, glassy silicate grains called chondrules. Chondrules are the dominate component of many meteorites in the Museum collection. 

They are thought to have formed by flash-heating and rapid cooling during the first 2-3 million years of the solar system, but the exact mechanism is poorly understood. Knowledge of the timing of these heating events can help constrain the most likely source of heat.

Public engagement

Communicating the exciting science that meteorites offer is an important part of my role as a researcher. I have given talks at schools and within the Museum and have taken part in many outreach activities, including:            

2013       Science Uncovered
                Live from Jodrell Bank

2012       Meteorite Day @ Manchester Science Festival

2011       Amazing Astronomy Spectacular @ Manchester Science Festival

During my Ph.D studies I also contributed to and edited the Earth and Solar System research blog.