I am a postdoc studying observational astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. I work with Mike Shara at AMNH, investigating long-term cataclysmic variable evolution. I'm also continuing some of the research I did as a grad student at Louisiana State University, under the direction of Brad Schaefer, looking at recurrent novae and Type Ia supernovae, and the connection between them. In addition, I am a faculty member with the Museum's new MAT program, for which I designed and implemented the astronomy lab practicum part of the curriculum.

Full Moon at CTIO

Full Moon at CTIO, December 2011. 25sec exposure at 1:00AM local time. From left to right, the domes you can see are the 4m (silver dome), Michigan Schmidt (foreground), SMARTS 1.5m and SMARTS 0.9m. The 4m started slewing in the middle of the exposure, hence the blurriness. I was on the SMARTS 1.0m, and you can just barely see the corner of its building on the left side of the picture.

Feel free to poke around my new (and semi-constantly under construction) website. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or find any problems with the new site: email

Last update: 23 July 2014