Sunset over LCO

Allow me to introduce myself...

Welcome to my webpage! I'm a graduate researcher in the Homer L. Dodge Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Oklahoma, currently based at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. As a member of Dr. John Wisniewski's research group at OU, I study circumstellar disks and activity on low-mass stars. At GSFC, I work with Dr. Marc Kuchner on Disk Detective, a citizen science project to identify new circumstellar disks in the WISE catalog.

I use an assortment of observational techniques with ground- and space-based telescopes to identify potential planet-forming and planet-hosting systems. I also use existing and newly-written modeling codes to constrain their intrinsic characteristics, such as the temperature of the circumstellar material. I also observe and characterize the surface activity (e.g. flares and starspots) of low-mass stars to better understand their potential effect on the habitability of planets around these stars.

News

Disk Detective won time on SOFIA, and I flew along! Read all about it here.

Disk Detective recently won a Robert H. Goddard Honor Award for Exceptional Achievement in Outreach by a Team. Read more about it here!

I recently traveled to Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory to follow up the subject of my AAS talk. Read more here.

A New M-dwarf Disk System

My latest paper, on the newly-identified M dwarf disk system AWI0005x3s, was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. Find out more.

NCAD 6

I helped organize and presented at the sixth National Capital Area Disks meeting on July 26-27, 2016. Read more about it here.

Disk Detective Paper 1

The first paper from the Disk Detective project was just published in The Astrophysical Journal. Click here to read more about using citizen science to identify new circumstellar disk systems.

Characterizing 11 Months of Flares on GJ 1243

My masters thesis, characterizing the flare behavior of the active M dwarf GJ 1243, was recently published in The Astrophysical Journal. Read it here.