I’m the Harlan Smith / McDonald Observatory Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. I graduated in 2017 from the University of Arizona, where my advisor was Dr. Dan Marrone, who I promise is not as scary as the picture on his home page makes him look.
My research interests are broadly related to the topic of how galaxies build (or don’t build) new stars. I’m working on a number of topics related to galaxy quenching, trying to understand the physical mechanisms that turn a star-forming galaxy into a quiescent one. Mostly I’ve focused on observations using long-wavelength interferometers, like ALMA and the VLA. In the near future I’ll also be using the airplane-mounted SOFIA telescope, and I’m involved in an Early Release Science program for JWST (to be launched in spring 2019) called TEMPLATES. Basically my science philosophy is centered around having fun using the best (and coolest!) telescopes around.
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska and went to college at Iowa State University. I originally wanted to be an engineer, but decided pretty quickly that engineering is far too practical for me, so I decided to become an astrophysicist instead.