About

I grew up in Boise, Idaho and completed my undergraduate degree at Boise State University, majoring in physics and applied mathematics with a minor in computer science. In the fall of 2016 I entered the graduate program in Astronomy at the University of Washington. I'm also a member of UW's Astrobiology program, through which I'm working to complete a dual-title PhD in astronomy and astrobiology. In addition to my research, I also help to organize and occasionally speak at Seattle's Astronomy on Tap and manage the UW Planetarium.

Research

My research interests span all aspects of exoplanetary systems, from host stars, to exoplanets themselves, and to their potential companions, exomoons. During my PhD I've worked on a method for mitigating the effects of stellar flicker in order to enable detection of small bodies in high-precision light curves. I've also used Gaussian processes to measure the rotation of thousands of stars observed by K2. I'm currently interested in the ability of JWST to detect exomoons.
For more information on my current projects, see my research page.

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