I am a fifth-year graduate student at the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii. My thesis with Jonathan Williams focuses on conducting large-scale, high-sensitivity surveys of protoplanetary disks at sub-mm wavelengths using the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA). I also work with Eric Gaidos on young "dipper" stars and the UV evolution of nearby M dwarfs. Previously, I obtained a Masters in International Science and Technology Policy from the George Washington University, where I focused on international cooperation in space science and exploration. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, surfing, and traveling.
I observe young stars and their protoplanetary disks at UV to sub-m wavelengths in order to better understand planet formation and exoplanet habitability. My thesis focuses on conducting large-scale, high-resolution surveys of protoplanetary disks with ALMA to constrain the evolution of fundamental disk properties. Click the link below to find out more. A list of my astronomy-related publications can also be found here.
Space Science Policy
Prior to pursuing my PhD in Astronomy, I studied International Science and Technology Policy at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, from 2009-2011. During this time, I interned at the Space Policy Institute and NASA Headquarters. My main interests were in promoting international and interdisciplinary cooperation in space science and exploration. Click the link below to find out more.
Traveling is one of my favorite activities. Click the link below to see photos from recent travels, some astronomy-related, some not-so-astronomy-related.
My outreach efforts focus on promoting inquiry-based learning in STEM education with participation in the ISEE Professional Development Program.