Hi! I'm a PhD candidate studying the circumgalactic medium and galaxy evolution during reionization.
I'm Caitlin (they/them) and I'm a graduate student studying astronomy at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Washington in Seattle, double majoring in Physics and Astronomy. While in attendance at UW, I helped out a bit with the Axion Dark Matter eXperiment, observed some symbiotic stars at UW's Manastash Ridge Observatory, and used a new photometric filter to study a few globular cluters. Once I arrived at NMSU, I started doing research using numerical simulations to learn how astronomers can use metal absorption in the circumgalactic medium to probe galaxy evolution at very very high redshifts. In particular, I'm interested in what is happening in the circumgalactic medium of galaxies, especially during the epoch of hydrogen reionization. I've also been working with neural networks to study 21 cm emission and exploring their applications for study of quasar absorption lines. Please check out some of my work here!
Here's my CV, and please find a list of recent publications below.
Since January 2018, I've been a contributing author for Astrobites, a collaboration of graduate students writing daily summaries of recent papers from astro-ph. I've had a chance to write about fantastic science articles, relay career advice, and interview AAS event organizers. Please check out some of my recent articles!