I am a graduate student working with Dr. Dave Tholen in the field of asteroids, with special interest to near-Earth objects (NEOs). My dissertation research is focused on using thermophysical modeling to investigate the Yarkovksy effect, a thermal force that arises due to the delay between when an asteroid absorbs radiation from the Sun and releases it. This non-gravitational force perturbs asteroid orbits over time and is in part responsible for the distribution of the asteroid population in the Solar System today. More pressingly, it must be considered to properly assess the impact probability of certain hazardous asteroids such as Apophis.
I received my B.S. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from the Ohio State University in 2015, where I measured gas phase abundances of H II regions under the supervision of Drs. Richard Pogge and Kevin Croxall. At the IfA, I have also worked with Dr. Roy Gal on finding galaxy clusters and groups using a technique known as Voronoi tessellation Monte-Carlo (VMC) mapping.