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 and Superluminous Supernovae from the Birth of Magnetars
Tidal Disruption Events
White Dwarf-Neutron Star Mergers
Neutron Star Binary Mergers (EM Counterparts to LIGO-detected Gravitational Waves)
I was born and raised in Burlington, Iowa, along the Mississippi river. If you are in the area, check out the Southeastern Iowa Astronomy Club and the Witte Observatory. While at Berkeley, I was captain of the Physics Department basketball team "Net Force". I play the alto saxophone and enjoy following politics.