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Eric Agol studies extrasolar planets, binary stars, and gravitational lensing. He uses analytic computations, numerical simulations, and observations to discover and characterize these objects. With collaborators, he was the first to propose that radio observations could be used to image the shadow of the event horizon of a black hole and the first to create an infrared longitudinal map of an extrasolar planet. He has written computer code used to characterize over 2000 transiting extrasolar planets, and he has proposed a novel technique for finding planets as small in mass as the Earth.
Scott Anderson’s current research interests focus on observational studies of accretion driven phenomena, including quasars and compact binaries. Along with affiliated students and postdocs, Anderson makes use of data from a variety of ground- (e.g., ARC 3.5m) and space-based instruments (e.g., Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory). He is also actively involved in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), as the co-PI (with P. Green of CfA) of the Time Domain Spectroscopic Survey in SDSS-IV and as the Program Head of the Black Hole Mapper being developed for the next-generation phase (“After Sloan IV”). Anderson teaches courses related to high energy astrophysics and radiative processes.
My primary interests are the formation, evolution, and chemistry of planetary nebulae (“PNe”)*. The processes that form and shape PNe remain amount the least understood facets of stellar evolution. I use images and spectroscopy to understand an interpret their shapes and internal motions. From this my colleagues and I generate hydrodynamical models of their evolution and probe their significance in the cosmic enrichment of helium, carbon and nitrogen. *95% of all stars that we see in our own galaxy, the Milky Way, will ultimately become “planetary nebulae”. This includes the Sun. Much as a butterfly emerges when its chrysalis is ejected, planetary nebulae are formed when a red giant star ejectes its outer layers as clouds of luminescent gas, revealing the dense, hot, and tiny white…
Research Assistant Professor
Rory Barnes is a theorist in the Virtual Planetary Laboratory primarily interested in the formation and evolution of habitable planets. He focuses on planets in and around the “habitable zones” of low-mass stars, showing how their composition, orbital oscillations, and tidal processes affect our concept of planetary habitability. He has also worked extensively on the orbital evolution of giant exoplanets, demonstrating that most multiple planets systems appear packed, meaning no more can exist between those that are known. He is the editor of the book “Formation and Evolution of Exoplanets” (Wiley-VCH). Rory is also a member of the Astrobiology Program, the SDSS-III MARVELS collaboration, the APOSTLE survey of transiting exoplanets, and the N-Body Shop.
Research Assistant Professor
I am leading the development of major portions of two new optical time-domain surveys, the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). My primary research interest is using the resulting massive optical variability datasets to identify rare compact binaries and to classify other sources of high energy radiation. I use the ARC 3.5m and other telescopes to follow up transient and variable objects discovered by ZTF.
Don’s primary research interests focus on the origin and evolution of planetary materials, planets and planetary systems. He is extensively involved with the laboratory study of primitive materials from asteroids and comets and he is PI of the NASA’s Stardust comet sample return mission. He is also a member of the UW Astrobiology program and he has recently co-authored two books with UW paleontologist Peter Ward on the Earth’s evolution to become a habitat for advanced life and the remarkable aspects of the processes involved as viewed from the perspectives of space and time.
My work focuses on using large surveys to study cosmology and the evolution of galaxies. This ranges from studying the clustering of galaxies and their evolution with redshift, weak gravitational lensing of galaxies, and estimating the properties of galaxies based on their colors (aka photometric redshifts). The common theme to this work is addressing the need for massive data sets and how to work with them. One area that interests me a lot at the moment is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) where I lead the development of simulations of what LSST might observe. Beyond cosmology, I am also interested in how to make the technologies that companies use to search the internet useful in research and education. As…
Professor and Chair
Julianne Dalcanton works on galaxy formation and evolution, focusing primarily on what can be learned in the nearby universe. Her group is currently working on several large projects studying the resolved stellar populations of nearby galaxies using HST, their neutral gas distribution with the VLA, and their stellar mass, dust, and star formation properties with Spitzer. She also works closely with the N-body shop on the interface between observation and numerical theory.
Oliver guides hundreds of students each year through Astro 101 classes that develop spatial and quantitative reasoning skills, as well as classes focused on written and oral communication of scientific ideas. He also supports teaching astronomy in public schools and beyond with the Astronomy Education Clearinghouse, the UW in the High School Program, and the UW Mobile Planetarium.
Suzanne Hawley works in stellar astrophysics, particularly in the areas of magnetic activity, low mass stars, brown dwarfs and variable stars. In addition, she studies star clusters, the stellar content of dwarf galaxies, and galactic structure. She is co-author of a graduate textbook with Neill Reid entitled “New Light on Dark Stars” (Springer-Praxis). Suzanne also serves as the Director of the ARC 3.5-m telescope at Apache Point Observatory.
My research interests include Local Group galaxies, modes of star formation, star clusters and their formation, HII regions in galaxies, meteorite craters.
Željko Ivezić (pronounced something like Gel-co Eva-zich) obtained undergraduate degrees in mechanical engineering and physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 1990 and 1991. He obtained Ph.D. in physics from the University of Kentucky in 1995, where he worked on dust radiative transfer models and wrote the code Dusty. He moved on to Princeton University in 1997 to work on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and took a professorship at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2004. Željko’s scientific interests are in detection, analysis and interpretation of electromagnetic radiation from astronomical sources. His current obsession is the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope project, for which he serves as the Project Scientist.
Associate Professor & Senior Data Science Fellow
I’m interested in astronomical ‘Big Data’: developing and applying methods and algorithms that let us use large data sets to answer research questions. Major astronomical surveys of today are routinely collecting hundreds of terabytes of images, creating databases with billions of objects and several billion measurements. Large surveys astronomers are becoming part data scientists. In my research, I go where the data takes me — I’ve worked on topics ranging from asteroids in the Solar System, Galactic structure, to the scale structure of the universe. My current focus is using survey data to understand the structure and evolution of the Milky Way. I also lead the Data Management team for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a project to build the…
My interests lie in teaching multi-level astronomy courses incorporating active student participation in lectures, labs, and on-line exercises, and curriculum development for these courses, including a published lecture activity book: Learning Astronomy by Doing Astronomy – Collaborative Lecture Activities. Members of the League of Astronomers and I are involved in a long-term project doing photometry of little-studied open clusters to determine stellar metallicities based on Stromgren observations at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria, BC. I am involved in the outreach program here, primarily with the Jacobsen Observatory, and in teaching students how to give great scientific public talks.
My primary interest is working with students – both in and out of the Astronomy major – to get all they can from their time here at the University. I dedicate most of my working hours to developing the courses I teach, and to mentoring those students who wish to extend the reach of their education beyond the classroom. I also directly investigate ways of improving the experiences of undergraduates in Astronomy, and have led the development in recent years of University-sponsored Learning Goals for our undergraduates, along with metrics to assess the department’s performance in helping students to meet those goals. Finally, I’m an adjunct member of a number of active observational research programs, focused primarily (but not exclusively!)…
Emily Levesque’s research interests are focused on massive stellar astrophysics and the use of massive stars as cosmological tools. Her current research program includes panchromatic observations and models of star-forming galaxies and their young stellar populations; host galaxy and progenitor studies of massive star transients such as LBVs, supernovae, and long-duration gamma-ray bursts; surveys of evolved massive stars in and beyond the Local Group; and the properties of Thorne-Zytkow objects.
Professor Lutz is interested in understanding the physical characteristics of planetary nebulae and their central stars and how these objects fit into the patterns of stellar evolution. She also analyzes the spectra of symbiotic stars (binaries containing an evolved hot star and a cool star) to determine their chemical compositions, velocities and variability. She has broad interests in astronomy education, including working with K-12 educators, museums, science centers and after-school program.
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Matt is a theoretical astrophysicist and cosmologist. He works on testing models for the intergalactic medium, predicting the observational signatures of the first galaxies, and modeling the large-scale structure of the Universe.
Victoria Meadows is an astrobiologist and planetary astronomer whose research interests focus on acquisition and analysis of remote-sensing observations of planetary atmospheres and surfaces. In addition to studying planets within our own Solar System, she is interested in exoplanets, planetary habitability and biosignatures. Since 2000, she has been the Principal Investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory Lead Team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute. Her NAI team uses models of planets, including planet-star interactions, to generate plausible planetary environments and spectra for extrasolar terrestrial planets and the early Earth. This research is being used to help define signs of habitability and life for future extrasolar terrestrial planet detection and characterization missions.
Tom leads the N-body shop, where he works on running and analyzing N-body simulations of structure formation in the Universe and planet formation. His other research interests include Galactic and Solar System dynamics. He is a member of the UW Astrobiology program.
My interests involve teaching astronomy, primarily introductory astronomy courses for undergraduates, with the goal of incorporating the latest active-learning techniques for large classes to give students here the best in-person experience possible. I spend roughly half of my time working on the development of these courses, which includes both section lab exercises and online activities. The other half of my time is devoted to the expansion of our online presence where I’m currently developing online versions of our in-person classes to reach more students and provide the same high-quality experience they should expect from our department.
My primary research and teaching interests are focused on the processes that shape the surfaces of the worlds of our solar system. In particular, my research has focused on investigating and sampling terrestrial meteorite craters to study the physical process that create and distribute meteoritic material around them. My primary teaching interests are the geological processes and history of the solar system and the history of the Apollo Lunar missions.
Professor Emeritus, joint with History of Science
Professor Sullivan’s interests are in astrobiology, in particular the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), as well as the history of astronomy. Recent SETI activity has included a collaboration with the Serendip group, using the Arecibo 1000-foot dish for an all-sky search for a wide variety of signal modulation at 21 cm (seti@home project). History of astronomy research has been on the twentieth century, in particular the development of early radio astronomy (Cosmic Noise: A History of Early Radio Astronomy,2009) and ideas about extraterrestrial life, as well as a long-term project designed to produce a biography of William Herschel. Together with John Baross (Biological Oceanography) he has produced the graduate textbook Planets and Life: The Emerging Science of Astrobiology (2007).
I am the Deputy Project Manager for LSST Data Management, the Project Manager for the LSST Science Pipelines, and the manager of the LSST Alert Production group. As such, I coordinate the efforts of around 100 people across six different institutes to design, develop and deploy the infrastructure and software which will generate and deliver to the community the the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s science data products when the project begins operations in 2022.
Professor Szkody uses a multiwavelength approach to study close binary stars with active mass transfer (Cataclysmic Variables). Her current research involves ultraviolet observations with the Hubble Space Telescope as well as APO and ground-based optical facilities around the world. She is currently finding the faintest, lowest mass transfer CVs leading to insights into the nature of mass transfer and accretion onto magnetic and non-magnetic white dwarfs, accretion disks and their X-ray-emitting boundary layers, stellar coronae, and the effects of irradiation on the upper atmospheres of late-type secondary stars.
Sarah Tuttle is primarily an instrumental astrophysicist who dabbles in observations of nearby galaxies. Her work is focused on novel approaches to observing faint and diffuse matter, as well as techniques supporting integral field spectroscopy. Her past work involved using UV spectroscopy to try and detect the intergalactic medium. She was also the instrument scientist for VIRUS – a massively replicated spectrograph currently coming online at McDonald Observatory to detect dark energy at intermediate redshifts. Professor Tuttle’s current interests include novel materials for astronomical gratings and filters, as well as approaches to bring polarimetry (and spectropolarimetry) to small telescopes.
Professor Wallerstein’s research is oriented around the chemical composition of stellar atmospheres. These are important clues to the composition to the origin of the star and its evolution. Stars reflect the environments of their formation by the composition of the gasses in their atmospheres. For example, stars formed 10-15 billion years ago in globular clusters show that these clusters ceased to produce the heavy elements seen in the Sun after only 1 percent of the solar level of heavies were produced. Other stellar atmospheres show a composition which was changed by nuclear reactions in their interiors. Prof. Wallerstein works closely with his students in observations at the telescope and the analysis of these data using computer models of stellar atmospheres….
Jessica Werk studies the extended gaseous components of galaxies and the role they play in galaxy formation and evolution. She is primarily an observational astronomer with expertise in optical and ultraviolet spectroscopy, and uses both ground and space-based telescopes to carry out her research. She works closely with theorists in defining observational constraints for cosmological simulations (such as those generated in the UW N-body shop), and in physically interpreting her own observations.
Research Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Galaxy evolution and stellar evolution using observations of nearby galaxies. In particular, I am heavily involved in Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and XMM-Newton surveys of galaxies within 10 Mpc. By resolving the individual stars and X-ray sources of these galaxies with these great observatories, we can learn how these galaxies have come to appear as they do today.
My research program focuses on studying time domain, large survey astronomy, with an emphasis on magnetically active stars in surveys like Kepler and TESS, and future missions including ZTF and LSST.
As a post-bacc working with the VPL, I have a general interest in all things astrobiology with a soft spot for habitablity and biosignatures. My current research consists of coupling 3D general circulation models and 1D radiative transfer models to simulate and visualize spatially variant exoplanet atmospheres, and simulating how varying levels of incident UV radiaiton from M-dwarf stars affect the atmospheres of exoplanets that orbit them.
I am a software developer working on problems at the intersection of software engineering, science, and statistics. I currently work on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope’s alert production pipeline, a complex framework for turning LSST’s flood of raw data into a flood of science within 60 seconds. I’m involved in a variety of projects for the pipeline, including developer infrastructure, objects and interfaces for managing astronomical coordinate transformations, and a fail-resistant framework for pipeline verification.
I currently work with the LSST Data Management team as a Project Science Analyst. My main research focus is supernovae, especially those of Type Ia.
Planetary atmospheres and dynamics of exoplanets. Applying machine learning to large astronomical data sets.
Daniela Huppenkothen is the Associate Director at the Institute for Data-Intensive Research in Astrophysics and Cosmology (DIRAC) at the University of Washington and a Data Science Fellow at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute, where she works on astrostatistics for astronomical time series, and is interested in everything from asteroids to black holes. She is excited about teaching data science to astronomers and researchers from other scientific disciplines, and about finding new ways to get researchers across different scientific domains to talk to one another. Previously, she was a Moore-Sloan Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University, and a PhD student at the University of Amsterdam.
I am an optical/mechanical engineer working primarily for Apache Point Observatory. I am designing new instrumentation and working on other improvements to the telescopes.
I currently work as a software and algorithm developer on the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) as part of the Data Management, Alert Production team at UW. My main interests are in the field of cosmology specifically weak gravitational lensing and large-scale structure and using these measurements to constrain the dark sector of the Universe. I am also involved in the LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (DESC) developing methods to estimate galaxy redshifts from galaxy clustering statistics.
I am a software developer working on data processing software for the LSST project. I also spent many years working on control software for Apache Point Observatory.
I started mining data in SDSS, and am now am digging in the LSST codebase, looking for beautiful gems of transient knowledge as part of the UW LSST Alerts Production team. Our goal: to find all the things that go bump in the night. Prior to this, I measured galaxy clustering in SDSS and BOSS, and studied galaxies and the black holes that love them for my thesis.
I work with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) Data Management group to develop software for Alert Production. The Alert Production Pipeline does image processing, image differencing, and source association to find real astrophysical objects that have changed brightness or position in the sky and alert the community in near-real-time. I’m also a researcher in stellar astronomy with a focus on binary and variable stars.
I work on understanding interactions between the Milky Way and the population of dwarf galaxies in the Local Group. This includes observing the tidal debris left behind by dwarfs as they fall onto the Galaxy, along with modeling the changing properties of dwarfs as they become satellites of the Milky Way. Much of my work uses data from the Pan-STARRS survey. I am part of the LSST Data Management System Science Team, and I support that project with analyses of the scientific requirements and expected performance of the survey.
Senior Research Scientist
Jennifer is a participant in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) and serves as the Project Manager for one of its cornerstone projects, the Apache Point Galactic Evolution Experiment 2 (APOGEE-2). Her research is centered on the chemical composition of stellar populations as well as the chemical evolution of various Galactic components. She is also interested in stellar astrophysics and the use of fundamental physics data to improve the derivation of stellar parameters. As a member of a large-scale data project, Jennifer is keen to develop efficient data extraction and utilization techniques. She also attempts to search for patterns and correlations in data.
I work for the APOGEE south survey on the infrastructure side of things. For information on the survey visit the SDSS website.
Peter Yoachim is a staff scientist working with LSST on issues of telescope scheduler optimization and calibration. Scientifically, I work on galaxy formation and evolution, particularly using IFU observations to measure galaxy dynamics and star formation histories.
I am an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and DiRAC Fellow. I am conducting a search for the first planets transiting white dwarf stars in data from the Zwicky Transient Facility, while also mentoring undergraduates in astronomical research. My previous work has focused on white dwarf asteroseismology, and I am an active collaborator in variable star research using Kepler and TESS data.
Kim Bott’s research centres around planetary atmospheres and polarimetry, combining instrumentation, observation, and computer models. Her work at UW is focused on determining the usefulness of polarimetry in exoplanet characterisation, and also on the habitability of terrestrial worlds orbiting M dwarfs. Her previous work involved applications of polarimetry to debris disks, stars and the ISM; combining polarimetry with transit and secondary eclipse data for hot Jupiters; and the measurement of isotopes in the atmospheres of ice giants.
My research focuses on how galaxies shut down star formation and transition from actively star forming to quiescent. This work leverages deep multi-wavelength photometric surveys, large spectroscopic surveys, and cosmological simulations in order to constrain the mechanisms potentially responsible for shutting down star formation in galaxies.
Sarah is a joint postdoc with the B612 Asteroid Institute and the DIRAC Center. Her research interests are in orbital dynamics of small bodies in the Solar System, including resonant dynamics, near-Earth asteroids on retrograde orbits, impact and crater formation rates, asteroid-Earth impact probabilities and hazard mitigation, and asteroid observations.
I am interested in developing data analysis techniques using the latest advances in statistical inference in order to leverage complex astronomical data. I work on probabilistic cataloging, a novel Bayesian technique that is able to handle extremely crowded stellar fields. The method is able to handle deblending ambiguities by treating the number of sources itself as a parameter to be inferred, using trans-dimensional Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling.
My research focuses on star formation in nearby galaxies and its interplay with molecular gas. I’m very interested in the research of new techniques to calibrate star formation and in developing more accurate models of photodissociation in GMCs. I’m also an active member of MaNGA and spend a fair amount of my time developing software for SDSS.
I study planetary atmospheres, habitability, biosignatures, and the emergence of life. I host a podcast called Strange New Worlds, which examines science, technology, and culture through the lens of Star Trek.
Dino Bektešević researches how to do image analysis in big data settings. Currently, he is working on porting LSST image processing pipeline to Spark and executing it on AWS with hopes that the entire LSST stack can eventually be run in cloud by using a distributed, shared-nothing Big Data management system and Cloud service from the University of Washington called Myria. He is also involved in a group developing a new shift-and-stack moving object detection algorithm for astronomical images called KBMoD where he is a part of the group testing the algorithm on DECam images. His pet project and special interest is the extraction of long linear features that can be attributed to meteors for which he developed a linear…
I study the circumgalactic medium and the role it plays in star formation/galaxy evolution via the ‘galactic fountain’. My current work involves analyzing line-of-sight gas absorption in spectra of quasars and blue horizontal branch stars (BHBs) to place constraints on the kinematics of baryon cycling in the Milky Way’s halo. Some of my other research interests: data science & visualization, galactic archaeology, the high-redshift universe
Hi! I’m a fourth-year graduate student working on galaxy simulations with Tom Quinn and Jessica Werk. My research interests include (but are not limited to) improving models of cosmic-ray transport, synthetic spectroscopy, galactic magnetism, galactic outflows, the circumgalactic medium, and galaxy clusters. In my free time, I like to be outside either running, climbing, or snowboarding!
I am a second-year graduate student in astronomy and astrobiology working with Vikki Meadows. My research interests include using high-resolution spectroscopy and atmospheric modeling to understand and characterize exoplanet atmospheres.
I am a fifth-year graduate student interested in massive stars, stellar populations, and time-series data. I use data from the Gaia, TESS ,and WISE to characterize the variability of luminous stars. I also use cutting edge stellar evolution models to diagnose populations with unresolved binaries, and high-resolution spectra from the ARCES instrument on the Apache Point Observatory 3.5-meter telescope to study exotic objects. Outside of graduate school, I help organize Astronomy On Tap SEA, play drums and percussion in Night Lunch, bake cookies, and spend too much time taking pictures of my dog.
I work at the intersection of distance scales and stellar populations. My current project is focused on calibrating the behavior of the tip of the red giant branch in the near-infrared, and I have previously worked on emission line stars, RR Lyrae period-luminosity-metallicity relations, and instrumentation for the Wide-Field Camera 3 on the Hubble Telescope. I am also part of UW’s Science, Technology, and Society Studies certificate program.
My research focuses on simulating exoplanet systems to examine their dynamics and potential habitability.
My research involves using unsupervised classification techniques to reveal strange and potentially unforeseen objects among time series data. I work closely with the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) Collaboration and the Dirac Institute, exploring the intersection between Astronomy and Data Science.
I am interested in a diverse range of exoplanet environments and their impacts on the potential for habitability. Currently, my research involves studying the evolution of exoplanetary atmospheres and interiors using the VPLANET software suite.
I’m working towards a Dual-Title PhD in Astronomy and Astrobiology. My research interests are detection and characterization of exoplanets. I’m currently working with Professor Eric Agol to investigate prospects for detecting exomoons using the James Webb Space Telescope.
I’m an observational astronomer specializing in X-ray binaries in nearby galaxies. My research interests include the formation and evolution of X-ray binary systems, the relationship between X-ray binaries and their local stellar populations, and X-ray instrumentation effects on X-ray spectra. I am currently working towards a PhD in Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. My advisor at UW is Dr. Benjamin Williams. I also work with Dr. Ann Hornschemeier at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Dr. Daniela Huppenkothen at UW.
I am pursuing a dual-title Ph.D. in Astronomy & Astrobiology working with Professor Meadows on modeling exoplanet atmospheres. I continue development of a new 1D RCE climate model using the Virtual Planetary Laboratory‘s sophisticated SMART radiative transfer code. I primarily work on developing the convective routines, which include heat fluxes in unstable and stable atmospheres, phase changes, and cloud formation. I have been awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship to implement a day/night heat transport structure and couple this model with the versatile KINETICS photochemistry code. These tools are used to model a variety of small planet atmospheres (particularly around M dwarfs) that may be very alien compared to Solar System planets. These models are also used to to…
Generally interested in exoplanets, galactic astronomy, and astro-informatics. Currently working on a project with Eric Agol to derive and constrain planetary system parameters by modeling transit timing variations.
I’m interested in finding and characterizing habitable extrasolar planets. Currently, I’m developing an atmospheric retrieval code to analyze the spectra of terrestrial exoplanets in the habitable zones of their parent stars with the hopes of determining which planets may be suitable for, or inhabited by, life.
I am a first-year graduate student working on star-formation and instrumentation. My research interest includes using imaging and spectroscopy to understand the formation and evolution of galaxies.
Joachim is interested in big data and software driven solutions to problems in astronomy. During his undergraduate studies at the University of Washington he was presented with the opportunity to work on a research project for the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). This project focused on LSST’s photometric calibration in relation to its auxiliary telescope. He is now working on LSST’s Moving Object Pipeline System (MOPS): the software designed to link millions of moving object detections into realistic and time-forward predictable orbits.
I study the evolution of massive stars including main-sequence OB stars, yellow supergiants, red supergiants and Wolf-Rayet stars.
Examining the circumgalactic medium around the Milky Way-type galaxies in cosmological hydrodynamic simulations
I am a software engineer for Sloan Digital Sky Survey, Apache Point Observatory, and Las Campanas Observatory. I’m involved in a variety of projects with a focus on telescope and instrument control, and user interfaces. When I’m off-campus, I try to end up in the mountains aiming a pair of skis, a kayak, a mountain bike, or a telescope (trying very hard not crash).
My research interests lie in exoplanetary habitability and Outer Solar System object detection. For exoplanets, I study the impact of orbital dynamics on the habitability of exoplanetary systems using a multiphysics software suite called VPLANET. For the Outer Solar System, I work on trying to detect objects below the single-frame noise floor using a “shift-and-stack” pipeline called KBMOD.
I am a first year graduate student interested in the intersection of astronomy and data science. At UW, I am working with Mario Juric on enabling distributed analysis of astronomical data sets in the Cloud.
I am interested in phenomena related to Active Galactic Nuclei, including High-Energy Astrophysics, the physics of accretion disks, and black holes. My current research with Dr Ivezić involves studying the variability of distant galaxies hosting an AGN – Quasars, using the Sloan Digital Sky Survey data, and the Catalina Real-Time Transient Survey data. Understanding the parameters of variability, and the accuracy of the Damped Random Walk model, serves as a useful tool of Physics at the accretion disk scales.
I use large data sets to probe the physics driving the evolution of galaxies.
My current research involves measuring the extents and morphologies of Lyman-alpha halos around galaxies. I am also very interested in the study of data science.
I am pursuing a dual-title Ph.D in Astronomy & Astrobiology. I am interested in the detection and characterization of habitable exoplanets.
I’m currently working on the retrofit of KOSMOS, an optical multi-object spectrograph with long slit capabilities, for its new home at Apache Point Observatory (APO), as well as the design of the new spectrograph for APO.
I use N-body simulations to study the formation of terrestrial planets. In particular, I’m interested in how this process plays out around M stars, which put out huge amounts of radiation during the pre main-sequence phase and are known to host extremely short period worlds.
Research My research is focused on the gas that surrounds galaxies, the so-called circumgalactic medium (CGM). The CGM is responsible for fueling star formation and thus galaxy evolution over cosmic time, but its physics are dominated by the complex interplay of gas accreting onto the galaxy balanced by feedback from exploding stars in the galaxy. I am constructing a large spectroscopic database that will require the use of statistical and machine learning methods to tease out the complex gas physics taking place in the CGM. I am also an IGERT fellow at UW working with the eScience Institute.
My current research involves modeling Kepler eclipsing binaries and using inferred stellar and orbital properties to optimize the search for transiting circumbinary planets.
ARC Business Manager
I graduated from UW in 2012 with a BA in International Studies of SE Asia and Intercultural Communications. I started working at UW in May 2016. I enjoy traveling, painting, reading, and taking naps.