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I am a 4th-year graduate student at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory.
I am also an NSF Fellow.

            

In the above picture, I am the one with red hair.                

I work with Professor Kaitlin Kratter on numerical simulations of protoplanetary disks.

The subject of my first paper dealt with whether or not giant planets can trigger vortices, a leading explanation for some of the asymmetric dust features (e.g. Oph-IRS 48) observed by ALMA. Not so fast, I said. We found that Jupiter-mass planets in low-viscosity disks do not grow quickly enough to trigger vortices while they are forming through core accretion.
In my last paper, we investigated what these slowly-grown planet-induced vortices would look like in dust observations. We found that dust is collected throughout the elongated extent of the vortex. Furthermore, dust is no longer trapped at the center, creating peaks that can be off-center by more than 30 degrees.
If that sounds exciting to you (it should!), check out my Research page.

Before coming to Steward Observatory, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Physics at Cornell University, where I worked primarily in Professor Dong Lai's group.
For more info, check out my About Me page and/or my CV page.