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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.

Research Interests

Planet formation, exoplanets, accretion disks, planet migration; fluid mechanics, magnetohydrodynamics, dust dynamics, radiative transfer. Icy shell convection, active galactic nuclei. Code development, supercomputing. You can read more about my research here

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My research is currently funded by the NASA Emerging Worlds Program, the NASA Theoretical and Computational Astrophysics Networks program via grant 20-TCAN20-0011, and NSF via grant AST-2007422. 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 did postdocs at NASA-JPL/Caltech (as a Sagan fellow), and at the American Museum of Natural History, in New York City. I was also a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA), in Heidelberg, Germany.

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