About Me

American's Next Top Modeler I currently hold one of the European Union's most prestigious fellowships for young scientists: the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Widening Fellowship. On this grant, I study the relationship between models of stellar interior mixing processes and age determinations with host CSFK Konkoly Observatory in Budapest, Hungary.

In the Fall of 2024, I will be joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming as a tenure-track assistant professor, appointed jointly in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences' School of Computing and Department of Physics & Astronomy.

In August of 2019, I joined the MESA developers .

I am a frequent collaborator with my former colleagues at the Space Telescope Science Institute, at which I held the Lasker Data Science Fellowship from 2021--2022. I have worked and continue to work closely with many international groups, including the University of Sydney's asteroseismology group, Monash University's stellar astrophysics and nucleosynthesis group, and the network of stellar astrophysicists connected by the MESA (Modules for Experiments in Stellar Astrophysics) software suite. In 2018, I completed my Ph.D. in computational stellar structure and evolution under the advising of Professor Brian Chaboyer at Dartmouth College. The last two years of my Ph.D. were spent jointly at the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) in Cape Town, South Africa.

My area of expertise is theoretical stellar evolution and precision stellar modeling. My research interests are broad and touch upon many subfields: stellar structure and evolution, stellar age determinations, statistical methods, convection and mixing in stellar interiors, precision stellar modeling across the mass spectrum, asteroseismology, numerical methods, astronomy software development, variable, oscillating, and pulsating stars, low-metallicity stars, globular clusters, evolved stars, young stars and planet hosts.

When I'm not building stars or pushing computers to their limits, I enjoy hiking, playing piano, dancing, painting, skiing, and advocating for the inclusion and support of women and other historically excluded groups in physics and software development.


The record shows I can model just about anything. Contact me for custom stellar tracks, isochrones, or asteroseismic fitting.

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CSFK Konkoly Observatory, Konkoly-Thege Miklos ut 15-17, Budapest, Hungary 1121

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