Education

  • Ph.D., M.S. University of Florida
  • M.S. San Francisco State University
  • B.S. California State University, Sacramento

Areas of Expertise

  • Star Formation
  • Protostellar Outflows
  • Physics Education Research
  • History of Astronomy

Background

My doctoral and postdoctoral work was focused on galactic star formation. I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Instituto de Astronomía, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) characterizing mid-infrared emission from star-forming regions, studying protostellar outflows, and developing astro-statistical methods.

I earned a Ph.D. from the University of Florida where I was a NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program (GSRP) fellow and a NASA Florida Space Grant Consortium fellow. I studied how star formation progresses through the Rosette Molecular Cloud by analyzing the stellar and gas content of embedded clusters. I also earned a M.S. in Physics from San Francisco State University, where as a graduate student, I co-discovered the first observational evidence of a precessing jet carving out a protostellar envelope. In addition to star formation, my current research interests include the history of astronomy and physics and physics education research (PER).

I served as the editor of the "This Month in Astronomical History" column for the Historical Astronomy Division of the American Astronomical Society (HAD-AAS), as well as being a frequent contributing author. I have developed curricula to incorporate computation into physics, at the course and program level, and I am a member of the Partnership for Integration of Computation into Undergraduate Physics (PICUP). I have facilitated faculty learning communities, nationally through the New Faculty Workshop sponsored by the American Association of Physics Teachers, and at Bridgewater College.

I enjoy teaching and mentoring students. I have taught physics and astronomy courses as a faculty member at University of Florida, Bridgewater College, and California State University, Sacramento. I also taught physics to monastics at the Drepung Loseling Monastery in Karnataka, India through the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative. I have mentored many students doing projects in statistical cluster analysis, outflows from forming stars, spectroscopy of young stars and nebulae, time-series analysis, and astronomical history.

When not doing science, I write poetry, paint, camp in the woods, and spend time with my wife and cats.