I am interested in a broad range of topics in theoretical astrophysics, with a focus on high energy and stellar astrophysics. A unifying theme of my current research is a connection to transient (or 'time domain') phenomenon. This is motivated by many sensitive, wide-field telescopes coming online in the next decade across the electromagnetic spectrum. I am also excited by the scientific potential of the upcoming generation of gravitational wave interferometers, such as Advanced LIGO, and the promise for a future era of "gravitational wave astronomy".
Here is a list of past research projects with links to further details (under construction).
Gamma-Ray Bursts from the Birth of Magnetars
Nuclear Dominated Accretion Flows
Neutron Star Binary Mergers (EM Counterparts to LIGO-detected Gravitational Waves)
Heavy Nuclei Ultra-High Energy Cosmic Rays
Transients from Planet-Star Mergers
White Dwarf Debris Disks
The Origin of r-Process Elements
Shocks and Particle Acceleration in Novae
Superluminous Supernovae from the Birth of Magnetars
I was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, along the Mississippi river. While at Berkeley, I was captain of the Physics Department basketball team "Net Force". I play the alto saxophone and enjoy following politics.