As a professor, I teach physics and astronomy at the University, complete research on star formation, and perform service for the professional, university, and public communities. I received my doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley, where I studied the properties of star forming clouds in nearby galaxies. Since 2013, I've been on the faculty here, where I've taught classes across the curriculum. When I'm not busy working, I enjoy baking, running, as well as board and card games.
For more information, including contact information and available research group positions, see my directory entry.
"We're made of star stuff." -- Carl Sagan, Cosmos
This wonderful quote means that most of the atoms into our body -- the carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen that are essential to life -- were forged in the nuclear engines of now-dead stars. How did those atoms make their way from these ancient stars into our solar system, then our planet, and ultimately into us?