About Me

I'm a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto working with Yanqin Wu and Ray Jayawardhana. My research focuses on the study and characterization of exoplanets and their star systems. For my initial first-year project I used a gravity-darkened transit model to determine the spin-orbit misalignment and precession of Kepler-13Ab: a super hot Jupiter-like planet orbiting an A-type star. For my second project I worked to improve current detection methods for identifying long-period transiting exoplanets around sun-like stars, characterizing the occurrence rate of cold Jupiters and discovering two new planets in the process. Little is known about exoplanets with orbital periods between about 2-25 years, so improving discovery techniques and determining the frequency of outer planets will help us develop a clearer understanding of the exoplanet population overall.

I received my undergraduate degrees from Arizona State University where I studied Earth and Space Exploration (with a concentration in Astrophysics) and Physics. While there I worked with Jennifer Patience and her research group on two different projects: The first involved a search for additional companions to known exoplanet host stars using adaptive optics imaging, and the second (my senior thesis) was a multi-wavelength, multi-epoch, photometric study of brown dwarf variables.

When I'm not studying astronomy I enjoy practicing taekwondo, reading, longboarding, FaceTiming with my cat back home in Regina, Saskatchewan, and volunteering with UofT AstroTours.

About the above photo: The view of the many telescopes located on the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, taken when I visited the Gemini North telescope and CFHT in March 2016.