Updated: 29 August 2013

Research Summary

A research narrative can be read here.

Current, 2009−present

Program description: postdoctoral fellowships* at MIT Kavli Institute

Precious Metals in SDSS Quasar Spectra (igmabsorbers.info)

Seeking the Lost Interstellar Medium of Red-Sequence Galaxies

Polluting the IGM: the Extended Gaseous Halos of z ≈ 2.5 LGBs

* Postdoctoral fellow for Robert Simcoe from 2009 to 2010, then an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow from 2010 to 2013.

UCSC Doctoral Project, 2005−2009

Program description: in partial fulfillment of requirements to earn a Ph.D. from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Probing the Chemical Composition of the z < 1 Intergalactic Medium with Observations and Simulations

UCSC Master Project, 2004−2005

Program description: in partial fulfillment of requirements to earn a Master of Science from the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz

Characterizing the Low-redshift Intergalactic Medium towards PKS1302−102

VU Senior Thesis

Program description: in partial fulfillment of requirements to graduate with honors from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Valparaiso University, Indiana

The Formation of Substellar Companions due to Protostellar Disk Instabilities:
Modeling the Effects of the Gravitational Environment

CERN REU 2002

Program description: Northeastern University Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, in partnership with CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, at CERN, Switzerland

Calibration of the Compact Muon Solenoid Hadron Calorimeter

LIGO REU 2001

Program description: Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, in partnership with the California Institute of Technology Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, at Caltech

Gravitational-wave Signal Simulation for LIGO

CTIO REU 2001

Program description: Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program, Chile

Star Formation in the Isolated Molecular Cloud NGC 1788

Observations of RR Lyrae with the Schmidt Telescope

VU Research Assistant 2000

Program description: summer undergraduate research assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Valparaiso University, Indiana

Optical Variability of Proto-Planetary Nebulae