I completed my PhD in astrophysics at Swinburne University of Technology in the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing (CAS) in November 2015; I began in August, 2012.
I completed my undergraduate work at Carleton College in Minnesota, USA in 2012. I studied Physics and Math and completed a BA Physics with a strong focus on liberal arts. At Carleton I worked with Dr. Joel Weisberg investigating pulsar polarization. This work took me and Joel to the CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS) center in Sydney during the summers. At CASS I worked with Dr. Simon Johnston and Dr. George Hobbs on pulsar polarization and pulsar timing.
In 2011, I spent one semester at the University of Sydney in the third year physics program. During this time I worked with Dr. Bryan Gaensler, researching the magnetic field of the galaxy and turbulence in the interstellar medium.
Before college I was a normal person who loved astronomy in Portland, Oregon, USA. I participated as a contestant and judge in local, and state level science fairs. Work on infrared studies of local galaxy clusters took me to the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in 2007 where I won the Bok Second Prize. I also participated in the Rose City Astronomers amateur astronomy club, and held telescope nights for my school.
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I grew up in Portland, Oregon, where it is rarely this sunny. I have always loved to read, and typically read between 35 and 50 books a year. You can follow some of my reviews on Goodreads. I have been fluent in French since I was 7 and trips to France were some of the highlights of my childhood. I'm learning Dutch and still adjusting to life in the Netherlands. I wanted to go to space from when I was 9 until I was 12 (when I saw Apollo 13) and I've wanted to be an astronomer ever since.
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I am passionate about used books, fine whiskey, astronomy outreach, dinosaurs, telescopes, travel, and good coffee. I am an avid skiier, a voracious reader, and an urban explorer. Some of my adventures relating to these things can be found on some of my other pages.