On May 8th, 2014 I successfully defended my thesis, Investigating Low-Mass Binary Stars And Brown Dwarfs with Near-Infrared Spectroscopy. [Abridged PDF]
I am a sixth year graduate student at UC Los Angeles. Originally from Flagstaff, Arizona, my wife and I lived in Santa Monica for ~1.5 years before moving to Westwood, Los Angeles and then on to Altadena, CA. At this rate we will be living in Barstow by the time I graduate. I advanced to Ph.D. candidacy on October 27th, 2011! For more about me and my interests outside of work, visit the link to the right.
By studying diverse stellar populations I have identified circumstellar disks, distinguished between M dwarf and giant stars, confirmed the coolest field brown dwarfs, and determined orbital solutions of young spectroscopic binaries. I am a dedicated infrared observer and instrumentalist, seeking to unlock the secrets of star formation.
I have lead a number of lab and discussion sections at UCLA, and taught Planetary Astronomy for the 2013 Winter Session at Santa Monica College. This course was my first large lecture course with ~40 students, two hours a day, four days a week. Additionally, I was an initial founder of the UCLA outreach group Astronomy Live!. For my work founding this group I have been awarded the Bruin Heroes Award and the Abelmann-Rudnick Scholarship.