PDF version of my CV available here, and here’s a List of Publications.


University of Washington
Ph.D. in Astronomy, August 2008
Advisor: Suzanne L. Hawley
Thesis: Self-Consistent Quiescent Model Atmospheres for M Dwarfs

University of Washington
M.S. in Astronomy, June 2004

Johns Hopkins University
B.S. in Physics, May 2002
Thesis: Preflash Remediation of Radiation-Damaged CCDs

Research Interests

I study stellar magnetic activity and its influence on planetary habitability. I am interested in the relationship between stellar magnetism (as traced by starspots, chromospheric emission and stellar flares) and fundamental stellar properties like age, rotation and differential rotation. I am also interested in how observations of stars can constrain planetary parameters and habitability, both as inputs to models of atmospheric photochemistry and escape, and as constraints on the system age and architecture.

Selected Research Experience

Henry Norris Russell Fellow, Princeton University (2011 – Current)

Chair, LSST Transients and Variable Stars Science Collaboration (2008 – Current)

Kepler Fellow for the Study of Planet-Bearing Stars, UC Berkeley (2008 – 2011)
Supervisor: Gibor Basri

Graduate Research Assistant, U. Washington (2007 – 2008)
Virtual Planetary Laboratory (VPL@UW)
Supervisor: Victoria Meadows

Undergraduate Research Assistant, Johns Hopkins University (1997 – 2002)
The Hubble Space Telescope Advanced Camera for Surveys
Supervisors: Holland Ford, David Golimowski & Mark Clampin

Selected Honors

Kavli Fellow, Frontiers of Science (2012)
TED Senior Fellow (2012), TEDGlobal Fellow (2011)
SpokeStar of the Year, Light Pollution Advocacy, Astronomical League (2012)
NASA Postdoctoral Program Fellow (2011, declined)
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention (2004)


Instructor, University of Washington English 199: Writing in Astronomy (2007 – 2008)
Research Assistant, University of Washington (2007 – 2008)
Learning Initiative research for astronomy education
Instructor, University of Washington Introductory Astronomy (Summer 2006)
Teaching Assistant, University of Washington 9 courses, (2002 – 2006)
Taught sections for Intro Astronomy and Solar System courses


Founder, Princeton Inclusion & Equity Discussion Group (2012)
Advisor, ASPIRE: The NASA Summer Art Program (2012)
Open House Coordinator, University of Washington (2007)
Program Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (2006)
Instructor, Center for Learning and Undergraduate Enrichment, UW (2003 – 2004)


ISSI Team, Magnetic Activity of Stars & Habitability of XS Planets (2013)
POC, Hotwiring the Transient Universe III (2013)
Organizer, “Joining the Electromagnetic & Gravitational Wave Skies” (Winter 2013 AAS)
SOC, IAU SS 13, Stellar Physics from High Precision Photometry (2012)
SOC, Progress on Statistical Searches, SLAC, Palo Alto CA (2012)
SOC, Cool Stars XVI, Seattle WA (2010)


New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology – $250k (October 2012)
Hubble Space Telescope GO 10525 – $105k (March 2005)


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