I'm currently an astronomy graduate student at UC Santa Cruz. I'm primarily interested in strong tides and collisions in astrophysical systems. My projects of past and present are described in detail in the links on the right-hand side of the page.
Before coming to UCSC, I was an undergraduate at UC Irvine, where I worked with James Bullock on an N-body tree-code for galactic dynamics simulations. I then worked at HRL Laboratories, where I developed algorithms for distributed sensor networks.
I became a graduate student at UCSC in 2007, where I have worked primarily with Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz, Doug Lin, Erik Asphaug, and Stephan Rosswog. I am currently supported by the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship. In addition to my research, I designed Vox Charta, an astro-ph discussion website for astronomy and astrophysics departments.