About Me

I am a fifth year NSF graduate research fellow in the Astronomy & Astrobiology dual-title PhD program at the University of Washington. I broadly work at the intersection of stellar variability and exoplanet research. My work with Dr. James R.A. Davenport uses data from Kepler and TESS to model the morphology of white-light flares on active low mass stars. I am broadly interested in how stellar activity influences our ability to both detect and characterize exoplanets. Explore research.

I received my Bachelor's of Science degree in Astronomy with a minor in Physics. During my time as an undergrad, I was able to study abroad in Italy and particiapte in an archeoastronomy research project. I also conducted research at UW through the Pre-MAP program & McNair Program. In addition, I spent a summer doing research at the Harvard Center for Astrophysics through the Banneker Institute Summer Program. Explore CV.

Research

My current research broadly lies at the intersection of stellar variability and its impact on planet detection and characterization. Specifically, I am using Kepler and TESS data to build a flare template that will help us understand the morphology of white-light flares. Throughout my career I have worked on a number of research projects that have spanned various astronomical subfields including but not limited to: exoplanet atmospheric modeling, time series photometry, and archeoastronomy. As a graduate student in the Astrobiology dual-title PhD program I have also done field work and participated in the program's astrobiology relevant field trips.

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Stellar Variability

Modeling the Morphology of White-Light Flares

Advisor: Dr. James R.A. Davenport

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Stellar Variability Across Time

Advisor: Dr. James R.A. Davenport

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Long Term Variability in Kepler Full Frame Images

Advisor: Dr. Benjamin T. Montet

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Exoplanets

Detecting Ocean Glint on Exoplanets Using Multiphase Mapping

Advisors: Dr. Jacob Lustig-Yeager, Dr. Victoria S. Meadows

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The Impact of Organic Haze on the Habitability and Detectability of Earthlike Exoplanets

Advisors: Dr. Giada Arney, Dr. Victoria S. Meadows

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Archeoastronomy

Modern Observations using the Meridian Line (1702) of the Basilicaof Santa Maria degli Angeli e dei Martiri (Rome)

Advisor: Dr. Woodruff Sullivan

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Field Work

Measuring the Reflectivity of Microbial Mats

Advisors: Dr. Niki Parenteau, Dr. Victoria S. Meadows

Great Sippewissett Salt Marsh in Flamouth, MA.

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Community

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Teaching & Mentorship:

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Outreach

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Media

Check out a few of my recorded talks, panels and posters below!

Talks

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Posters

  • Aug 2021 - TESS Sci Con II, "Modeling the Morphology of White-Light Flares"
  • Nov 2017 - Habitable Worlds, "Detecting Oceans on Exoplanets Using Phase-Dependent Mapping"
  • Jan 2017 - AAS, "Understanding Activity Cycles of Solar-Type Stars with Kepler"
  • Aug 2016 - UW Symposium, "The Meridian Line of the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli"
  • Jan 2015 - AAS, "The Effects of Clouds and Hazes on the Spectra of Terrestrial Planets"

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