Astronomy & Research

In August, 2019, I joined the TESS team at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center as a NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow, working with Dr. Joshua E. Schlieder. I also am a member of the Research Consortium on Nearby Stars (RECONS), headed by Prof. Todd J. Henry.

During my Ph.D. program, I served as the SMARTS Graduate Fellow and helped run the SMARTS/CTIO 0.9m telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO, imaged above with me standing next to the 0.9m). I still promote this telescope and the SMARTS/CTIO 1.5m, am open to any questions about them, and can help interested parties get telescope time.

My research involves characterizing the closest, coolest stars with a focus on their radii in order to (1) derive transiting planet sizes, (2) identify which stars may be among our oldest and youngest neighbors, (3) reveal trends by characterizing a large sample with an unprecedented range of stellar masses, and (4) investigate how different stellar properties affect exoplanets.

My main areas of expertise are in observational astronomy, nearby low-mass stars, and low-mass star fundamental parameters. As I continue on as a postdoc, my focus is shifting toward application of this expertise to exoplanet science.

Curriculum VitaeLast Updated April 14th, 2020

Research Interests

Low-mass stars and exoplanets

I have a particular interest in anything to do with the late-M to early-L dwarfs (the smallest, faintest stars), the transition from partial to full convection in M dwarfs, and “weird” stellar and/or exoplanet systems.

Some broader topics:

  • Low-Mass Star Fundamental Properties
  • Nearby Stellar Populations
  • Exoplanet Characterization
  • Exoplanet Demographics
  • Star-Planet Interactions
  • Star Formation
  • Exoplanet Formation and Evolution

There is a lot to learn! 🙂