I am a fifth-year Astronomy PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. My research interests focus on millisecond pulsars: searching for them, timing them, and using them for gravitational wave detection and tests of fundamental physics. I am a member of the North American Nanohertz Observatory for Gravitational Waves (NANOGrav). My doctoral advisor is Scott Ransom, my undergraduate advisor was Dan Reichart, and I worked with Fernando Camilo during my time at the Arecibo Observatory.

I wrote for Astrobites, an astronomy blog written by graduate students, for two years. Some of my posts can be found here.

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The University of Virginia

Ph.D. Astronomy (2020, expected)
M.S. Astronomy (2016)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

B.S. Physics & Astronomy with Highest Honors (2014)
Minor, French

Personal & Contact

Other interests: I was a nationally competitive figure skater and fencer in my youth. These days, I practice yoga, garden, hike/camp, draw, drink Charlottesville beer and wine, and get too emotional about video games.

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PSR tattoo

The pulse profile of the first MSP I discovered. I really like pulsars.