I am currently a NASA Hubble Postdoctoral Fellow at the Observatories of the Carnegie Institute for Science. I also hold a Research Associate position in the Dunlap Institute at the University of Toronto. I will join the faculty in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto in Sept 2018.
I am interested in understanding the evolution, influence, and ultimate fate of massive stars. In particular, I use ground and spaced-based telescopes to study supernova explosions and other exotic transients, as well as populations of massive stars in nearby galaxies.
I earned a Ph.D. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard University in 2016 for my research on the use of peculiar transients as probes of stellar evolution and mass loss. During this time, I was part of the team that ran the PanSTARRS1 Medium Deep Survey. I previously earned a Master of Advanced Study in Theoretical Physics (M.A.St.) from the University of Cambridge in 2011 and a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Astronomy from the University of Iowa in 2010. I am originally from Eau Claire, WI.
Background Image: Hubble Space Telescope Image of Supernova Remnant 0509-68.7 in the Large Magellanic Cloud. Credit: NASA, ESA and Y.-H. Chu (Academia Sinica, Taipei)