About MeI was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where various after-school programs (MESA, Model United Nations, etc.) occupied the hours not filled by remarkably uncompetitive basketball games with my friends.
I left for Carleton College expecting to major in the social sciences, but quickly found myself drawn to physics and astronomy. A series of summer internships allowed me to explore various areas of astrophysical research and led me to pursue a career in the field. I completed my PhD in astronomy at the University of Washington, advised by Suzanne Hawley (UW) and Thomas Greene (NASA-Ames). I then conducted research for three years as a Spitzer Fellow at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and am now supported by a Hubble Fellowship at Cornell University.
Outside of work, I enjoy bicycling, traveling, cooking, and reading. Most of all, I love spending time with my wife, Sarah, and friends and family (including my brother Brian, pictured above).
- Gaia Workshop Interview (May 2011) (local mp4 file)
- Cornell 'Ask an Astronomer' Podcast (June 2011) (local mp3 file)
- LSST e-news profile (July 2010)
- Expert opinion in Toronto Star (& elsewhere): Astronomer seeing stars in recount of universe (Dec. 2010)
- Univ. of Washington Perspectives: A Jump Start for Science Students (Winter 2006)
- Co-Authored Spectrum Article: 'Not B': Our Experience at the National Society of Black Physicists Meeting (June 2004)