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About me

Greetings, and welcome to my homepage. I am an associate professor of astronomy at New Mexico State University.

My research focuses around computer simulations of planet formation in circumstellar disks. A goal of this research is to establish a model that combines all the necessary physics to simulate the formation of planetary systems, and enable comparisons with the astronomical observations.

In addition to my work on planet formation, I have also branched out into planetary geophysics and extragalactic astronomy. I have previously worked on star formation and stellar activity, both observationally. You can read more about my research here.

Research Interests

Planet formation, exoplanets, accretion disks, planet migration; fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, dust dynamics; star formation, young stellar objects, stellar atmospheres; code development, supercomputing. Icy moons, active galactic nuclei.

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My research is currently funded the NASA Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks via grant 20-TCAN20-0011, NSF via grant AST-2007422 and by the NASA Exoplanet Research Program through grant 18-XRP18_2-0121. Previous support by Space Telescope Science Institute through grant HST-AR-14572, the NASA Exoplanet Research Program through grant 16-XRP16_2-0065, by NSF via grant AST10-09802, and the Sagan fellowship program. My supercomputer needs are supported by the NMSU Discovery cluster and XSEDE/TACC Stampede2, through allocation TG-AST140014.

Former groups

I received my Ph.D. in February 2009 from Uppsala University, Sweden. Before joining the faculty at NMSU, I was a professor at California State University, Northridge. I was a Carl Sagan postdoctoral fellow at NASA-JPL/Caltech, and before that a postdoc at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City.

I am a proud member of the Astronomy Outlist of LGBT+ members of the astronomical community.