CVCurriculum Vitae

Current Position


    Sept. 2011–Present       National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Hubble Fellow

Previous Positions


  • 2009–2011           National Optical Astronomy Observatory, Research Associate
  •                               Supervisor: Mark Dickinson
  • 2003–2009           University of Hawaii, Research Assistant
  •                               Supervisors: David Sanders (2004+) and Harald Ebeling (2003)

    Education


    • 2005 – 2009           University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
    •                               PhD Astronomy
    • 2003 – 2005           University of Hawaii                         Honolulu, HI
    •                               Masters Degree in Astronomy
    • 1999 – 2003           Colgate University                            Hamilton, NY
    •                               BA with High Honors in Astronomy-Physics
                                    Magna Cum Laude, Distinction in the liberal arts core curriculum
    • 1995 – 1999           Thomas Edison High School            San Antonio, TX
    •                               Valedictorian, with honors, Summa Cum Laude

    Research Interests


    • Galaxy Formation and Evolution, Galaxy Morphology, Observational Cosmology, Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies, Submillimeter Galaxies, Galaxy Mergers and Interactions, Starburst-AGN Connection, Near-infrared Spectroscopy

    Research Experience


    • Hubble Fellowship Research    (2011 – Present)
    •     Galaxy Morphology from Visual Classifications in the CANDELS Survey
    •     FMOS-COSMOS Survey Design, Data Analysis, and the Starburst-AGN Connection
    •     The Morphological Properties of Galaxies in CANDELS-Herschel
    • Postdoctoral Research    (2009 – 2011)
    •     The Role of Mergers Among Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies in GOODS-Herschel
    •     Supervisor: Mark Dickinson, NOAO
    • Dissertation Research    (2005 – 2009)
    •     A Multiwavelength Study of Ultraluminous Infrared Galaxies in the COSMOS Field
    •     Advisor: David Sanders, University of Hawaii
    • Graduate Student First Year Research    (2003 – 2004)
    •     Probing the Large Scale Structure Around Distant Clusters
    •     Advisor: Harald Ebeling, University of Hawaii
    • Undergraduate Research    (2000 – 2003)
    •     Opcial Variability of Blazar 3C 279
    •     Advisor: Thomas Balonek, Colgate University
    • REU Student Research    (Summer 2002)
    •     Neutral Hydrogen Absorption Toward Pulsar 0329+54
    •     Advisor: Anthony Minter, NRAO in Green Bank, WV
    • Summer Student Research    (Summer 2001)
    •     Measuring Weak Lensing in the HDFN and Flanking Fields
    •     Advisor: Mark Dickinson, STScI

    Observing Experience


    • Keck I / MOSFIRE: 5 nights, PIs: J. S. Kartaltepe, M. Dickinson     (12B, 13B, 14A, 14B)
    • Subaru / FMOS: 25 nights , PIs: D. B. Sanders, J. Silverman     (10B, 11B, 12A, 12B, 13B, 14A, 14B)
    • Subaru / IRCS-AO: 3 nights, PI: D. B. Sanders     (13A)
    • Gemini-N / GNIRS: 18 hours, PI: J. S. Kartaltepe     (11A)
    • Keck II / OSIRIS: 1 night , PI: D. B. Sanders     (11A)
    • Keck II / NIRSPEC: 2 nights, PI: J. S. Kartaltepe     (10B, 11B)
    • Gemini-N / NIRI: 1 night, PI: J. S. Kartaltepe     (10B)
    • Keck I / LRIS: 1 night, PI: D.B. Sanders     (08B)
    • Subaru / MOIRCS: 5 nights, PI: J. S. Kartaltepe     (07B, 08A, 08B, 09A)
    • Keck II / DEIMOS: 8 nights , PI: J. S. Kartaltepe     (06B, 07A, 07B, 08A, 08B, 14B)
    • Subaru / SuprimeCam: 2 nights, PI: D.B. Sanders     (08B)
    • UKIRT / UIST: 6 nights, PI: D.B. Sanders     (07B)
    • UKIRT / WFCAM: 26.5 nights PI: D.B. Sanders     (05A, 05B, 06A, 06B, 07A, 08A)
    • UH 2.2m / ULBCAM: 56 nights, PI: D.B. Sanders     (05A, 05B, 06A, 06B, 07A, 07B)
    • GBT, Green Bank West Virginia: 44 hours, PI: A. Minter     (Summer 2002)
    • Lowell Observatory: 5 nights, PI: S. Jorstad & A. Marscher     (April 2002)
    • Foggy Bottom Observatory, Colgate University: 100+ nights     (2000 – 2003)

    Awards and Grants Received


    • AAS International Travel Grant
    • HST Cycle 22 Observations awarded – 30 orbits
    • Hubble Fellowship     (2011 – 2012)
    • NASA-Keck Observing Proposals     (2010, 2011, 2012)
    • AWIS Predoctoral Certificate of Merit     (2009)
    • UH Graduate Student Organization Travel Grant     (2009)
    • AAS Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award – Honorable Mention     (Jan 2008)
    • Helen Jones Farrar ARCS Scholar in Astronomy     (2007)
    • Colgate University Physics and Astronomy Department Founders Award     (May 2003)
    • Astronomical Society of New York Undergraduate Prize     (April 2003)
    • Colgate University AMS Fellowship: Travel grant     (2002 – 2003)
    • Edwin Foster Kingsbury Prize (Physics Department Award)     (May 2001)
    • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    • Colgate University Alumni Memorial Scholar     (1999 – 2003)
    • Dean’s Award for eight semesters at Colgate University     (1999 – 2003)

    Co-I on Large Proposals


    • Chandra X-Ray Observatory UDS XVP Proposal, PI: G. Hasinger    (2014)
    • Chandra X-Ray Observatory – COSMOS Legacy, PI: F. Civano     (2012)
    • Jansky Very Large Array – The Nature of Star Formation in Individual Galaxies at the Peak of Galaxy Assembly, PI: W. Rujopakarn (2012)
    • Herschel Space Observatory – CANDELS-Herschel, PI: M. Dickinson     (2011)
    • Hubble Space Telescope – CANDELS, PIs: S. Faber & H. Ferguson     (2010)

    Collaborations


    • CANDELS-Herschel: Herschel Observations of the CANDELS Fields, PIs: M. Dickinson
    • CANDELS: Cosmic Assembly Near-Infrared Dark Energy Legacy Survey, PIs: Faber/Ferguson
    • GOODS-Herschel: Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey – Herschel, PI: D. Elbaz
    • GOODS: Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey – Herschel, PIs: M. Giavalisco, M. Dickinson
    • COSMOS: Cosmic Evolution Survey, PI: N. Scoville

    Professional Societies


    • American Astronomical Society
    • Astronomical Society of the Pacific
    • Association for Women in Science

    Service Activities


    • Referee for ApJ, ApJL, MNRAS, A&A, & PASP
    • CANDELS Structure and Morphology Working Group Leader     (2012 – Present)
    • Organizer of NOAO Science Coffee     (2010 – Present)
    • Hubble Space Telescope Time Allocation Committee     (2011, 2013)
    • NOAO Survey Time Allocation Committee     (2013)
    • NSF Review Panel     (2012, 2014)
    • Organized Python Workshop at NOAO / Steward Observatory     (2012)
    • Massive Galaxies Over Cosmic Time 3 – LOC Chair     (2010)
    • University of Hawaii Graduate Council, student representative     (2008 – 2009)
    • UH Graduate Student Organization (GSO), Several positions     (2004 – 2009)
    • IfA Time Allocation Committee, student representative     (Spring 2007)
    • IfA Graduate Research Oversight Group, student representative     (2006 – 2008)
    • IfA Graduate Student Representative     (2006 – 2007)
    • IfA Qualifying Exam Committee, student representative     (2006 – 2007)
    • IfA Admissions Committee, student representative     (2006)
    • IfA Graduate Education and Public Outreach Committee, member     (2004 – 2009)

    Teaching, Advising and Outreach Experience


  • Instructor for Astronomy 101: Solar System Astronomy     (Fall 2014)
  •                       Pima Community College
  •                       Designed and taught entire sixteen week course
  • Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) student mentor     (2011-2013)
  •                       Vivienne Baldasarre (Hunter College, now NSF Graduate Fellow at University of Michigan)
  •                       Erin O'Leary (Macalaster College)
  •                       Kirsten Blancato (Wellesley College)
  • Teaching Workshops
  •                       Center for Astronomy Education Astro 101 Teaching Workshop    (Aug. 2013)
  •                       Central NM Community College – Albuquerque, NM
  •                       Quantitative Literacy    (Jul. 2013)
  •                       ASP Meeting – San Jose, CA
  •                       Center for Astronomy Education Astro 101 Teaching Workshop    (Jan. 2012)
  •                       AAS – Austin, TX
  • Instructor for Astronomy 110: Survey of Astronomy     (Summer 2006)
  •                       University of Hawaii
  •                       Designed and taught entire six week course
  • Teaching Assistant for Astronomy 110: Survey of Astronomy    (Spring 2004)
  •                       University of Hawaii, under C. Hall \& T. Simon
  •                       Ran help sessions, graded assignments, guest lectured
  • Teaching Assistant for Astronomy 110 Lab    (Fall 2003)
  •                       University of Hawaii, under D. Tholen
  • Introductory Astronomy Teaching Assistant    (August 2000 – May 2003)
  •                       Colgate University, under T. Balonek, A. Aveni, \& S. Slivan
  •                       Assisted running lab, ran help sessions, graded assignments
  • Public Outreach    (2000 – Present)
  •                       Organizer and writer for CANDELS Blog: http://candels-collaboration.blogspot.com/
  •                       Project ASTRO – Partnered with local science teacher for classroom visits
  •                       WSF undergraduate/graduate student mentoring program
  •                       Ran observatory open houses, assisted at local school science fairs
  •                       Organized "Space Day" for elementary school children