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. I completed my PhD in astronomy and astrobiology at the University of Washington, where I also helped to organize a local chapter of Astronomy on Tap and spent several years running the UW planetarium. I'm not a postdoctoral fellow at UCSC, working with Natalie Batalha's group to understand the diversity of exoplanets using JWST observations.


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 understanding how stellar variability impacts JWST observations of exoplanets, as well as the possibility of detecting exomoons with JWST.
For more information on my current projects, see my research page.