Associate Professor, University of Alberta, 2016-
Assistant Professor, University of Alberta, 2013-2016
Visiting Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), 2013-2016
Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia (Okanagan), 2008-2013
NSF Astronomy & Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 2005-2007
PhD (2005) University of California Berkeley, USA
MA (2001) University of California Berkeley, USA
BA (Hons, 1998), Swarthmore College, USA
My research program focuses on understanding the connections between stellar generations in galaxies. I seek a broad understanding how matter gets recycled in the universe, from when stars die and that material mixed into the interstellar medium to where the matter forms into another generation of stars. I regard that as the biggest missing link in understanding the evolution of the universe and the life within it. My research uses observational data, mostly from radio and submillimetre telescopes coupled with novel algorithmic approaches to reach new discoveries.
I teach graduate and undergraduate courses in astronomy and physics. My teaching style is transitional between traditional lecture delivery and a "flipped" classroom. I prefer to spend our time in the classroom developing skills and answering questions. Thus, my courses usually require students to complete reading and take a quiz on the content before coming to lecture. In lecture, I focus on the topics that students have the most questions about. In problem-based classes, we spend our time completing example problems together since, in physics, we are trying to develop problem solving skills rather than learn a body of facts.
I enjoy teaching at all levels of the curriculum and I'm excited to share what we have learned about the Universe with you.
For the Sept. 2020 admissions season, I am actively recruiting students at the MSc and PhD level for work in star formation research to start their program in Fall 2021. Many of the projects involve collaboration with other national and international research teams, proving a global link between Edmonton and researchers around the world. In particular, my group is taking part in large surveys with the VLA, ALMA, VLT-MUSE, GBT, and Hubble Space Telescope. In particular, I am looking for students to work in the PHANGS collaboration.
Admissions: Preparing to meet the research challenge in my group benefits from a background in physics with a demonstrated proficiency in the numerical analysis of data and technical writing. Astronomy background is an asset but not required. Further admissions details are available here.