About Me



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.


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!


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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