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About Me

Aloha! I am a nontraditional, first-generation graduate student in my final year at the Institute for Astronomy (IfA), University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. I am broadly interested in many things related to stellar astrophysics and exoplanetary science. My thesis work uses photometric data from space missions like Kepler & TESS to better understand stars and planets.

I was born and raised in Upstate NY outside the quaint town of Woodstock. My trajectory into astronomy was very non-linear, beginning after an 8-year-long fashion modeling career out of New York City. I received a B.Sc. in physics and a B.Sc. in mathematics (with focuses on statistics and applied mathematics) from SUNY Albany in 2016. I am most fortunate for my undergraduate research experience working with Bruce Macintosh, who ultimately inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. in astronomy.

Research Interests

Working with Daniel Huber, my thesis focuses on developing and applying data-processing techniques to space photometry data in order to extract the most precise stellar and planet properties possible.

I am currently supported by the National Science Foundation through Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), which has enabled me to do part of my PhD at MIT working with Sara Seager. I have been working with her on target selection for a Small Sat Concept Study looking for nearby Earth analogues, which was recently selected by NASA for a one year concept study.

Asteroseismology

The Exoplanet-Asteroseismology Synergy

Exoplanet Characterization

The California Planet Search

The TESS-Keck Survey

TESS Planets Orbiting Subgiants

Outreach

Astroday

HI STAR

Star Lab

Astronaut Lacy Veach Day

K-12 Events

The Boy Scouts of Hawai'i

Talks

  • University of Chicago [9/27/21]
  • Carnegie Institute [9/24/21]
  • TESS Science Talk [9/22/21]
  • Keck Science Meeting 2021 [9/10/21]
  • TESS SciCon II [8/4/21]
  • The Good Vibrations Seminar [2/10/21]
  • TESS Science Team Meeting #23 [11/19/20]
  • Yale Exoplanets & Stars Seminar [10/20/20]
  • Exoplanets III [7/30/20]
  • AAS 235 [1/6/20]
  • TESS SciCon I [7/30/19]
  • TASC V [7/26/19]
  • Kepler SciCon V [3/5/19]
  • TASC IV [7/12/18]
  • University of Hawai'i Astrobiology Seminar [9/17/18]
  • Columbia Seminar [10/5/17]

Press Releases

The Curious Case of KOI-4: Confirming Kepler's First Exoplanet Detection

UH astronomy graduate students earn worldwide recognition

Software Development

Cats