Hello! I am an astronomer that studies baby solar systems in their infancy. I do this using radio telescopes to look at the polarization signature on both small (disk) and large (cloud) scales. Multi-scale observations allow us to examine the mechanisms of how the in-falling nascent material creates a disk and accretes on to the protostar. The disks surrounding young protostars contain all of the material (gas + dust) that will eventually build planets. By studying these disks at different stages in their development, we can learn about how planets form.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Astronomy and Physics from the University of Arizona in 2012. Prior to attending graduate school, I worked as a Research Specialist on NIRCam for a year. I recently completed my PhD in Astronomy from the University of Illinois in July 2018 with Leslie Looney. I currently work as a postdoc for Giles Novak at Northwestern University’s Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA). Here we are building the instruments that can probe the magnetic fields, using dust polarization observations, of clouds and filaments where young stars are forming.
- Robert L. Brown Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2019
- ALMA Ambassadors Postdoctoral Program, 2019
- Rodger Doxsey Travel Prize, 2018
- University of Illinois Excellence Award, 2015 – 2018
- Illinois Space Grant, 2015
- Excellent Teacher Award, 2014