I am a Ph.D. graduate student in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder. I am currently working with Juri Toomre (CU Boulder) and Kyle Augustson (HAO) in the Laboratory for Computational Dynamics.
Before coming to CU Boulder, I was an undergraduate at Stony Brook University. I worked under Michael Zingale with the Maestro code on quite a few projects. I investigated the breakdown of Strang splitting, modeled thermonuclear flames and used tracer particles to help find algorithm issues..
My main research interests involve computational astrophysics (particularly systems that involve magnetic fields). Currently I use the Compressible Spherical Segments (CSS) code to study the near-surface shear layer (NSSL) of the sun. In the NSSL, there are strong radial gradients of the angular velocity profile. I am looking to reproduce these strong gradients in an effort to understand how they are generated.
I also work with Chris Nixon and Greg Salvesen on synthetic spectra. I developed a python code to calculate synthetic spectra of warped accretion disks around compact objects such as neutron stars and black holes.
My research is supported primarily by a George Ellery Hale Graduate fellowship from CU Boulder.
When I am not conducting research, I like to relax and enjoy the outdoors. You can find me in a remote campsite with no internet connection or on the golf course, rarely hitting it where I want.