General Research Interests:
- Exoplanets and planetary science
- Observational astrophysics
- Astrobiology and life beyond Earth
- Brown dwarfs
Carnegie Institution for Science (DTM) Research (2016-2017 Academic Year)
- 9-month Astronomy Research Trainee position under the mentorship of Drs. Alycia Weinberger and Alan Boss. Analyzing data of an unusually warm, dusty debris disk around a binary star system (BD +20 307) from the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) and comparing this epoch of data to two earlier epochs taken with Spitzer and Keck/Gemini to see if we can understand the evolution of this system's dust (Thompson et al. in prep). Also conducting analysis for the Carnegie Astrometric Planet Search program which hopes to astrometrically detect exoplanets and brown dwarf companions using data from the CAPSCam camera on the 2.5-meter du Pont Telescope at the Las Campanas Observatory in Chile, and combining data from CAPSCam with that from the recent Gaia satellite data release.
Senior Thesis Research (2015-2016 Academic Year)
- 8-month Senior Thesis research project under the mentorship of Professor David Spergel. Developed an original approximate model to aid in the astrometric detection and characterization of multiple exoplanet systems. Wrote Python code to model stellar motion in over 50 hypothetical two- and three-exoplanet systems and incorporated a least-squares fit program to assess its efficiency in planet characterization.