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About Me

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Astronomer

Mauna Kea at Sunset
Telescopes at the summit of Maunakea

I am an astronomer interested in brown dwarfs, low-mass stars, exoplanets, and instrumentation. I received my Ph.D. from UCLA in 2018 and am currently an NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Santa Cruz. My dissertation combined infrared spectroscopic and astrometric studies of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs with work in the UCLA Infrared Lab on the NIRSPEC upgrade. In the lab, I worked on optical design, detector characterization and testing, and mechanical prototyping and testing.

I served as the Instrument Scientist for the NIRSPEC upgrade. In Fall 2018, I worked as a Keck Visiting Scholar at the summit of Maunakea to oversee the installation and testing of the upgraded detector and electronics systems for NIRSPEC, on the dome floor of the Keck I telescope. In December 2018, I assisted with cold testing and commissioning of the upgraded instrument, from Keck Headquarters in Waimea.

At UC Santa Cruz, I’m working on a couple of different instrument projects, including IGNIS, a proposed new instrument for Keck, and PEAS, a new instrument for Lick Observatory.

 

Lindy Hopper

lindy hopping
Lindy Hopping

Outside of work, dancing is one of my life-long passions. I have been dancing since I was 3, and lindy hopping for more than 10 years! I social dance regularly around California, and occasionally travel to dance events around the US.

Climber

climbing in malibu creek
Sport Climbing in Malibu Creek

Climbing is my other passion, alongside dancing. I mostly climb in the gym but like to get outside when I can!

Adventurer

When I’m not in the lab, on the dance floor, or climbing rocks, I enjoy traveling the world, cooking, knitting, reading, biking, and playing Dungeons & Dragons.

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