Currently a graduate student at Steward Observatory at the University of Arizona.

University of Chicago Class of 2016

BA Physics with Honors with Specialization in Astrophysics and BA Geophysical Sciences

My Research



Circumbinary Planets

Investigated the fate of unstable circumbinary planets with Dan Fabrycky.

Senior Thesis

The properties of optical fibers for MAROON-X instrument development with Bean exoplanet group.

Hot Jupiters and Spin-orbit Alignment

Kozai Cycles in reference to Shrinking Binary and Planetary Orbits by Kozai Cycles with Tidal Friction

Current Project

Circumbinary planet dynamics in reference to detection via the radial velocity method and transit timing variations with Kaitlin Kratter.

Publications & Press

On the Fate of Unstable Circumbinary Planets: Tatooine's Close Encounters with a Death Star

arXiv ADS ApJ

Characterizing octagonal and rectangular fibers for MAROON-X

arXiv ADS

Optimal non-circular fiber geometries for image scrambling in high-resolution spectrographs

arXiv ADS

NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle

Work on circumbinary planets was highlighted on:

AAS Nova



quicksilver example


quicksilver is a python program to easily set up Mercury runs, particularly circumbinary planets. Check it out on github!

Setting up the planets for this animation only took 5 lines of code with quicksilver