I am a 5th year Ph.D. student in physics and astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. I work with Mike Cooper on problems related to the evolution of satellite galaxy systems. My research is primarily focused on what causes these galaxies to "quench," or stop forming stars. I am also interested in problems related to the spatial distributions of satellites, and whether the planar distribution seen around the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) can tell us anything interesting about how these systems change and evolve.
I am also heavily involved in the UCI astronomy outreach program, serving as the program coordinator for two years and as a program volunteer since. As a member of the program, we provide fun and educational learning opportunities for groups of all ages, whether it is observing with one of our telescopes, participating in our interactive demonstrations, or attending one of our events including visitors' nights throughout the year and special events for eclipses and transits!