About Me

I am originally from New Jersey and graduated from Stony Brook University in New York in May 2021 with a BS in Physics and Astronomy & Planetary Science. Now, I am living and working in Columbus, Ohio at The Ohio State University. Currently, I am working with the ASAS-SN group with Dr. Krzysztof Stanek and Dr. Christopher Kochanek. As an ASAS-SN Research Assistant I am responsible for daily quality control of images taken with ASAS-SN's twenty-four 14cm telescopes positioned around the globe. Additionally, I am responsible for the follow up of suspected transient sources as well as the naming and releasing of various candidates such as Supernovae and Catacylsimc Variables.

Research Interests: Theoretical Astrophysics and Cosmology. Supernovae and Transients, Structure and Formation of the Universe

Fun Fact: I have a one year old husky named Kai that loves to go on adventures with me (pictured above)!

My Research Poster

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SS Cyg Observation Poster

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RS Ophiuchi
Spectral Analysis
Presentation

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Research

Current Research Position
Late Time Evolution of Type II Supernovae
Currently working with Dr. Chris Kochanek studying the evolution of a sample of Type II Supernovae obtained via the collaboration between the Ohio State University and the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT).

ASAS-SN Research Assistant
Research Assistant responsible for daily image quality control and interpretation of data. Additionally responsible for the naming and release of transient sources (Supernovae, Cataclysmic Variables, flares, etcc...), to the ASAS-SN Transients Webpage.

Previous Research:
Condor Array Telescope
The Condor Array Telescope is an astronomical research telescope built, concieved, and managed by a small project team at Stony Brook University. The Project is funded by the Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation Program of the National Science Foundation. This is a six telescope array located in the Rio Hurtado Valley of Chile each outfitted with large format CMOS cameras.

Previous Projects

Condor Array Telescope
The Condor Array Telescope is an astronomical research telescope built, concieved, and managed by a small project team at Stony Brook University. The Project is funded by the Advanced Technologies and Instrumentation Program of the National Science Foundation. This is disuccsed in my research section of the website but I will link the poster for this project here also.

Photometric Observations of the Dwarf Nova SS Cyg
Immediately Following an Outburst

In the Fall of 2020 I took V-band observations of the Dwarf Nova SS Cygni immediately following an outburst and measured the magnitude decremenet over the span of three weeks. The observation and data analsyis was carried out entirely by myself and two other senior astrophysics students. The poster I presented on this project is linked below. Evolution of Recurrent Nova RS Ophiuchi
via Optical Spectroscopy

In the Fall of 2020 I utilized archived data from the SMARTS/Stony Brook Atlas of Southern Novae to perform a spectral analysis of RS Oph's 2006 outburst. I then gave a presentation on the spectral evolution using optical spectroscopy data. This presentation is linked below.

Education

Stony Brook University -- Stony Brook, NY May 2021
Bachelor of Science in Physics and 2nd Major in Astronomy & Planetary Science
Magna Cum Laude
Honors Degree in Physics

Teaching Experience

  • Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for a sophomore level Astrophysics class.
  • Paid Tutor for Introductory Level College Physics Courses where I create lessons, offer extra practice, and additional resources to help the student succeed.
  • High school level Physics and Math tutor.