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My research focuses on the detection and characterization of low mass exoplanets using ground-based precision radial velocity (PRV) facilities. During my PhD at UC Santa Cruz I helped to commission and automate the Automated Planet Finder (APF) telescope – a 2.4m PRV facility located in the hills above San Jose. Once the telescope was operational, I led some of the APF’s first science results -- including the detection of a new planet orbiting the nearby M dwarf GJ 687. After moving to MIT for a postdoc position I began acting as a PRV follow up specialist for the small planets discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). Using the Planet Finder Spectrograph on the Magellan Clay telescope in Chile, I confirmed planets such as TOI-824 b and TOI-1231 b and measured their masses and bulk densities. Now at JPL I’m a part of the Extreme Precision RV working group, and am expanding my PRV work to include additional RV spectrographs such as MAROON-X, HPF, and PARVI.
Before jumping into the world of exoplanets, I started my astronomy career studying planets much closer to home – while pursuing my bachelor’s degree at Cornell University I worked with Joe Burns and Matt Hedman to study the dynamics of Saturn's dusty ringlets.
Exoplanet Exploration Program Postdoctoral Research Associate
Juan Carlos Torres Fellow at MIT Kavli Institute
SAG22 task force lead, NOIRLab TAC, ExEP Exoplanet Explorers organizing committee, NASA Extreme Precision RV Working Group steering committee, Co-lead of EPRV WG survey strategies sub group, TESS spectroscopic steering committee, Organizer MIT Exoplanet Tea talk series, referee for ApJ, A&A, and MNRAS.
Exoplanet detection and characterization, precision radial velocity measurements
JPL Strategic Undergraduate Research Partnership award
TESS Guest Observer program G03272