My research is focused on advancing methods for detecting exoplanets and developing a better understanding of the stars that they orbit.
We have expanded on the celerite method ( Foreman-Mackey et al., 2017) by implementing a 2D version of the code. Among other applications, this development allows for modeling wavelength-dependent stellar variability. Monitoring transits in multiple bands and using celerite2d to model the light curves can improve estimates of transit parameters by orders of magnitude in some cases.
Knowing the age of a star is important for understanding stellar evolution, investigating star formation histories, and studying their planets. Because stars lose angular momentum over time, we can estimate their ages by measuring their rotational periods. I'm currently working on a project to accurately measure stellar rotation periods for the entire K2. We plan to apply our methods to the TESS sample in the near future.