Graduate student, science communicator, and TESS Science consultant
Former TESS Objects of Interest (TOI) Manager and
MIT-TESS Communications Lead
I am an astronomer, artist, and science communicator. I study exoplanets as a graduate student in the Ballard research group at the University of Florida. I also support operations and communications from the TESS Science Office at MIT.
Previously, I worked at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research on the NASA TESS mission. I managed the team that identifies potential exoplanets among the hundreds of thousands of stars in the TESS images. I studied physics and creative writing at MIT and graduated in 2014.
In addition to planet-hunting, I write pieces for theater and radio and make multi-media art inspired by my experiences in astronomy and particle physics. I am always searching for new ways to pursue my artistic and scientific interests in parallel.