"All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place."
Douglas Adams - Mostly Harmless
Hi, thanks for visiting my page. I am from a small town outside of the suburbs of Des Moines, Iowa. Astronomy first became a part of my life when I saw Saturn's rings through a telescope on a Cub Scout outing. In middle school, I became obsessed as I checked Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) every morning.
Fast-forward; I attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and completed three majors: Integrated Science, Physics and Astronomy, and Earth and Planetary Science. The Integrated Science Program requires classes in everything from organic chemistry to computer programming. I started research on planetary dynamics with Prof. Jason H. Steffen in my second year.
After my undergraduate, I spent the academic year of '16-'17 as a Tutoring Fellow for SAGA Innovations in Chicago. I provided high-dosage, personalized tutoring in math to at-risk high school students in an underachieving school. Read about the success of the program here. I still enjoy tutoring; please visit my site if you or someone you know would like in-person or online help.
I am now researching, teaching, and learning at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where I will pursue my Master's and PhD in Astronomy. We are building a unique research team that can track chemical composition from the stellar nebula to the interior of planets. Our larger collaboration includes high-pressure physicists, astrobiologists, and geologists.
Outside of astrophysics, I enjoy playing card/board games and exploring the city of Las Vegas. However, my favorite activities involve getting out of the city to enjoy the outdoors through camping, hiking, and of course stargazing.