Welcome! I'm a Phoenix native currently living in Austin, TX. I got my B.S. in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona. While there, I helped run the physics outreach program through Flandrau Planetarium. I also did research in various numerical methods with Dr. Daniel Eisenstein, Dr. Phil Pinto and Dr. Romeel Dave. I have been a PhD student at the University of Massachusetts @ Amherst since Fall 2012. For my thesis work, I have been working with Dr. Stella Offner on star formation and astrochemistry.
My research interests revolve around studying protostellar feedback effects on molecular cloud chemistry. I make use of high powered computing facilities performing astrochemical and magnetohydrodynamic simulations. Star formation is, by necessity, viewed through the a lens of emission from a wide range of molecules. Therefore, it is essential to determine the footprint various physical processes make on the large scale chemistry of molecular clouds. My work has involved studying protostellar FUV feedback, cosmic ray acceleration in protostellar accretion shocks, and developing coupled chemistry-hydrodynamic in the Orion2 code.