I am a research astronomer at Lowell Observatory. I am working to clarify how low-mass stars, and the planets they host, form and evolve.
Specifically, I study how young stars gain mass and shed angular momentum without disrupting the planets forming around them. I also track how low-mass stars spin down over time: these measurements provide a valuable 'stellar clock' to estimate the ages of individual stars and give clues to how these stars generate magnetic fields and stellar winds.
I study these processes with data from large astrophysical surveys (e.g., the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, the Palomar Transient Factory, and the upcoming Large Synoptic Survey Telescope) as well as my own observations (typically optical and near-infrared spectra).
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