22/3/14: Fixed permissions issue with some pdfs and images. All is good now!
22/3/14: Fixed RV Planet Search broken link.


I am currently a second-year Astronomy/Astrobiology PhD student at the University of Washington, where I study the habitability of extrasolar planets around the lowest-mass M dwarf stars. Together with my advisor, Dr. Rory Barnes, I have been looking at the combined effects of tidal migration and atmospheric mass loss on super-Earths in the habitable zone of M dwarfs.

Check out the links below for updates on my research, teaching, cool astronomy stuff, and ramblings in my blog. Or contact me directly at .


More about me
Curriculum Vitae
Research projects
Astronomy News
The Alien Scientist (Blog)

Keck Observatory

Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Tidal Evolution

and atmospheric mass loss


Habitable Evaporated Cores


St. Luke's School, CT


Steven's Pass Highway, WA

The Grand Tetons

Grand Teton National Park, WY

Central Cascades

Leavenworth, WA

Central Cascades

Leavenworth, WA

Cycling in the Cascades

Diablo Lake, WA


more research...
Habitable Exoplanets

Super-Earths around M Dwarfs


Habitable Evaporated Cores

Mirage Earths

Desiccated Earths in the HZ

RV Planet Search

Planets around T Tauri Stars


more teaching...
Astronomy 150 - AA & AB

Spring 2013


St. Luke's School, 2011-12