Astronomer & Author


I am currently a PhD student in Astrophysics at Rice University, where my research seeks to explain how planets form and evolve by discovering what planetary systems are like throughout the galaxy. Specifically, I search for newborn planets around other stars with the goal of bringing observational evidence to bear on current models of planet formation. Ultimately, my research tries to answer the question, "How did we get here?"

I also work on popularizing science and communicating it to the public. I have written a children's book on the history of the universe, The Big Bang Book, which will be released by Creston Books in spring 2020. I have also given several public talks at Rice University and McDonald Observatory. You can read more about my career on the Research or Bio pages.

"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."

Carl Sagan
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