• Ph.D. in Physics, University of Central Florida (Orlando, FL), 2012
  • M.S. in Astronomy, University of Western Ontario (London, ON, Canada), 2006
  • B.S. in Physics, Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC, Canada), 2005

Research Experience

    University of Chicago -- NASA Sagan Fellow (2014 -- Present)

    • Spectroscopic phase curves of short-period transiting exoplanets.
    • Developing an exoplanet classification scheme based on observable markers.

    University of Chicago -- Postdoctoral Scholar (2012 -- 2014)

    • Exoplanet characterization using transmission- and emission-spectroscopy observations.
    • Ground-based telescopes include time with Gemini, Magellan, and Keck.
    • Space-based telescopes include Hubble and Spitzer.

    University of Central Florida -- Graduate Research Assistant (2007 -- 2012)

    • Exoplanet detection and characterization using broadband photometry observations with the Spitzer Space Telescope.
    • Advanced data analysis and algorithms.

Recent Observing Programs

    As a principal investigator (PI), I have been awarded 52 hours of Spitzer Space Telescope time, 8 orbits with the Hubble Space Telescope, and 20 nights of observing time on some of the largest telescopes in the world. I am also a co-investigator on the largest exoplanet HST treasury program to date and the technical contact for two large Spitzer programs.

    Space-Based Programs: 2013 -- 2015

    • Spitzer/IRAC: PI, 26 hours.
    • The Newest Hot Jupiter Archetype Through the Eyes of NASA's Great Observatories, Part 2 of 2.
    • Spitzer/IRAC + HST/WFC3: Co-I & technical contact, 134 hours + 30 orbits.
    • Exploring the Frontier of Exoplanet Atmosphere Dynamics with NASA's Great Observatories.
    • Spitzer/IRAC: PI, 26 hours.
    • The Newest Hot Jupiter Archetype Through the Eyes of NASA's Great Observatories.
    • HST/WFC3: PI, 8 orbits.
    • Confirming a Sub-Earth-Size Exoplanet in the Solar Neighborhood.
    • HST/WFC3: Co-I, 150 orbits.
    • Follow The Water: The Ultimate WFC3 Exoplanet Atmosphere Survey.
    • Spitzer/IRAC: Co-I & technical contact, 100 hours.
    • Two Eyes on the Prize: Revealing the Complete Architectures of Planetary Systems Through Transit Timing with Kepler and Spitzer.

    Ground-Based Programs: 2013A -- 2015B

    • NOAO/KOSMOS: PI, 4 nights.
    • From Exoplanets to Exoworlds: Atmospheric Characterization with KOSMOS.
    • Keck/MOSFIRE: PI, 6 nights.
    • The Composition and Chemistry of Moderately-Irradiated Exoplanets.
    • Gemini/GMOS: Co-I, 95 hours.
    • Detection and Characterization of Clouds in Exoplanet Atmospheres.
    • Gemini/FLAMINGOS-2: PI, 2 nights.
    • Validation of FLAMINGOS-2 for Exoplanet Research: The WASP-18b Case Study.
    • Magellan (IMACS, LDSS3, and MMIRS): PI, 8 nights; Co-I, 9 nights.
    • Continuing exoplanet characterization and exploring new techniques.