EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Globular Clusters

Old groupings of stars that formed long ago, globular clusters are useful tracers for many properties of their parent galaxy.  How can we find them and what can they tell us?

Galaxy Formation

The current prominent theory is that larger galaxies cannibalize smaller ones, but is that the whole story?

Near Field Cosmology

What can fossil evidence from nearby stars & galaxies tell us about the formation of the universe?

University of Arizona: 2017 - Present

Doctorate Degree in Physics with a minor and research focus in Astrophysics

Texas Tech University: 2015 - 2017

Master's Degree in Physics with a research focus in Astrophysics

University of California, Berkeley: 2011 - 2015

Bachelor's Degree with a double major in Physics & Astrophysics

Skills

~ Operation of the M2FS & MIKE instruments on the Clay Magellan 

     telescope at Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) near La Serena, Chile
~ Proficient in coding with IDL, Python, and IRAF languages
~ Comfortable with public speaking to scientific and laymen audiences

~ Crafting: embroidery, cross stitch, paper flower making, painting, needle felting

~ Website & flyer design using Wix, Weebly, and Adobe Illustrator

Awards & Honors

 

UA College of Science Fellowship: 2021​

Steward Observatory Excellence in Service Group Award: 2021

ARCS Foundation Scholar Award Nominee: 2020

President's Excellence in Diversity and Equity Award Nominee:  2017
TTU Graduate Student Research Support Award: 2017 
NASA & Texas Space Grant Consortium Fellowship:  2016 - 2017
J.T. and Margaret Talkington Foundation Fellowship:  2015 - 2017
 

Certificates & Workshops

Safe Zone General Education Workshop: October 2019

Paving Pathways Beyond PhD: March 2019

UA Leader in Classroom Diversity & Inclusion Certificate: October 2018
Becoming an Active Bystander Workshop: 10/29/2018
Addressing Implicit Bias Workshop: 10/4/2017

Above: Central structure of CenA galaxy (source)

Left: Example of a globular cluster (source)

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Magellan telescopes at LCO; Photo by Matias del Campo