On a Dive Boat

Alex, on a Dive Boat.

I am a PhD candidate in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

My research focuses on the effects of supermassive black holes and outflows on the evolution of Ultra Luminous Infrared Galaxies (ULIRGs), and on the development and implementation of Adaptive Optics systems. My work is advised by Professor Claire Max at the University of California Observatories and Lisa Poyneer at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. My work on Adaptive Optics is done in the Laboratory for Adaptive Optics.

Alongisde my research, I am involved in the UCSC Astronomy Club’s outreach program, where I give public talks and guide star party events. I serve as the Adaptive Optics Laboratory Lead for the Center for Adaptive Optics Summer School. In 2014-2015, I served as the Treasurer for the Graduate Student Commons.