I am a graduate student in astronomy at the University of Arizona. My advisor is Dr. Dan Marrone, who I promise is not as scary as the picture on his home page makes him look.
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 just far too practical for me, so I decided to become an astrophysicist instead.
In my research, I’m studying how stars formed early in the history of the universe. Our own Milky Way galaxy currently builds about 1-2 sun’s worth of stars every year, but galaxies in the ancient past commonly formed new stars hundreds of times faster. I’m trying to understand the conditions and environments that made that rapid star formation possible, and what eventually shuts that star formation off.