My research program leverages multi-wavelength observations to explore the formation and potentail habitability of planetary systems. I am especially excited about (1) drawing connections between debris disks and planetary systems, (2) probing the properties and compositions of grains in circumstellar disks and planets, and (3) exploring the impact that stellar activity has on planets and disks. I use many observational facilities to carry out this work, with an extra emphasis on the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA). Before coming to CU Boulder, I was a NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Terrestrial Magnetism in Washington, DC and completed my PhD at Harvard University working with Dr. David Wilner. To learn more about my work, including short descriptions of several ongoing projects, see my research page.
I am also the Co-Chair of the NASA Infrared Science Interest Group (IR SIG) Leadership Council and a member of the Origins Space Telescope (OST) Disks and Planet Formation Working Group. For more information on current activities in the IR community, please check out our website.
Outside of research, I am actively involved in a number of outreach programs and organizations supporting women in STEM fields. I recently designed an astronomy curriculum for the Carnegie First Light program, a weekend science program for Washington, D.C. middle school students. I also serve as a WorldWide Telescope Ambassador and taught with Science Club for Girls throughout most of college and graduate school. In my spare time, I am an avid runner, hiker, and mountaineer, and play violin in various community and pit orchestras.