Hello! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor in Physics at Colorado College. Prior to moving back to Colorado I was the W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin. I received my Ph.D. in Astronomy with a minor in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in August of 2014, after receiving an M.S. in Astronomy in 2010. I graduated cum laude from Colorado College in 2008 with a B.A. in Physics.
My research focuses on the evolutionary histories and future evolution of canonically strange binary stars. I use space-based observations from the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, in addition to ground-based optical and near-infrared data, to determine the formation histories of objects such as blue straggler stars and X-ray binaries. I have successfully written independent observing proposals as Principal Investigator, including a joint Chandra/HST proposal and several proposals on the 2.7m Harlan J. Smith telescope at McDonald Observatory.
Please visit my Research page for a low-key explanation of my science interests, my Teaching page for links to my course homepages, my CV page to learn more about my experience and background, and my Contact page if you would like to know how to reach me or follow me on social media.