I'm a scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute, where I am one of the deputy managers of the Hubble Space Telescope's Cosmic Origins Spectrograph team.

Now that thousands of planets have been discovered in orbit around other stars, we need to understand how they form. To have planets, you need a star. So I am interested in how stars form. I use data from a variety of space-based and ground-based telescopes to help answer fundamental questions about star formation. For example, how do stars gain their mass? Is it a gradual process, or do they grow in short, unpredictable bursts?

Career Path

  • 2017-present: Scientist, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, MD
  • 2014-2017: NASA Postdoctoral Fellow, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
  • 2014: Visiting Assistant Professor, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
  • 2008-2013: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH
  • 2001-2008: PhD Student, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • 1997-2001: Undergraduate, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH