About Me

Welcome to my webpage! I am currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Astronomy Department at the University of Washington. I primarily work on the binarity and mass loss of massive stars, as well as the morphologies and colors of protoplanetary and debris disks. I use a combination of observational techniques and existing modeling codes to better understand these types of systems.

From 2013 to 2016 I was a postdoc in Dr. John Wisniewski's group in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the Univesity of Oklahoma. In 2014 I was selected as a Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize winner, which allowed me to present my dissertation work at that January's AAS meeting. I graduated from the University of Denver in 2013 and worked on massive binary stars with Dr. Jennifer Hoffman. I also worked with Dr. Michael Corcoran at NASA's GSFC as a NASA Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellow. Before that, I graduated from St. Lawrence University (2007), where I was a physics and mathematics double major.

I am currently co-leading both the WFIRST Coronagraphic Imager GO Target Selection Working Group and the commissioning of the GPOL polarimeter on Gemini North.

Recent News

2018 Optical Coronagraphic Spectroscopy of AU Mic: Evidence of Time Variable Colors?

2017 The Complex Circumstellar and Circumbinary Environment of V356 Sgr
        Tiny Jumping Spiders Can See the Moon
        We've Learned Jumping Spiders Can See the Moon, Thanks to Twitter

2016 Appointed to the AAS Early-Career Advisory Board
        Constraining the Movement of the Spiral Features and the Locations of Planetary Bodies within the AB Aur System

2015 V444 Cygni X-ray and Polarimetric Variability: Radiative and Coriolis Forces Shape the Wind Collision Region
        Astronomers breathe new life into venerable instrument
        More Than Meets the Eye: Delta Orionis in Orion's Belt

2014 AAS Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize Winner

2013 Successfully defended PhD Dissertation

2012 NASA Student Ambassador, Cohort IV

2010-2013 NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship