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.