About Me

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, graduating from Riverside Brookfield High School in 2002. My childhood was full of various sports teams, music, roadtrips, family, and friends. I first discovered my interest in astronomy as an undergraduate at Barnard College in New York City, where I completed my BA and researched at the American Museum of Natural History. I moved to Seattle, Washington in 2006 to work on my PhD in the Astronomy department at the University of Washington. I lived in Seattle for a six excellent years, enjoying dark beer and darker coffee.

My first job after receiving my PhD was as the Columbus Fellow in the astronomy department at Ohio State University. I spent three years there, most notably swimming with a master's team at the YMCA, singing with the Columbus Women's Chorus, and becoming increasingly annoyed at the poor public transit. In 2015, I accepted the Schwarzshild Fellowship at AIP and moved to Berlin at the end of June 2015.

In addition to Astronomy, I also run slowly (but surely), swim long distances, sing high notes, cook vegetarian food, read a variety of things, and play strategy/simulation or turn based RPG video games. 

When I first moved to Berlin, I blogged about my life here, but haven't had the chance to update it in a few years. :-)