About me

 
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I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University, where I am working with Professor Sean Couch on multidimensional supernova modeling and stellar evolution.

I was recently awarded a 2018 National Science Foundation Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellowship, during the course of which I will study neutrino flavor mixing in a dynamic core-collapse supernova environment.

My research interests include theoretical nuclear and particle astrophysics.  In particular, I am interested in computational modeling of high energy astrophysical phenomena; neutrino transport and interactions in hot, dense matter; dense nuclear matter in core-collapse supernovae and neutron stars; and thermonuclear burning and nucleosynthesis.

Much of my work has centered around simulations of core-collapse supernovae and other high energy astrophysical events.  I have also been involved in the development of the Notre Dame-Livermore Equation of State, a nuclear equation of state for use in core-collapse supernova and neutron star simulations.

I received my PhD in Physics in May 2016 from the University of Notre Dame.  I worked with Professor Grant Mathews on theoretical astrophysics.  I obtained my BA in Physics in 2011 from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to my research, I am an advocate for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in STEM fields.  I am currently a member of the American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of Sexual-orientation and Gender Minorities in Astronomy (SGMA) and regularly give presentations to physics and astronomy departments on how to make their programs LGBTQIA+ inclusive.  I have also written extensively about my experiences as a queer and trans scientist.