I am a Blue Waters Graduate Fellow in TAPIR at Caltech working with Christian Ott on theory and simulations of stellar explosions. My research is currently focused on investigating the role of neutrino transport in the central engines that drive core-collapse supernova explosions (CCSNe) and gamma-ray bursts (GRB). Most of my work is done using and extending publicly available open-source code:

  • Sedonu - A Monte Carlo neutrino transport code.
  • Einstein Toolkit - A simulation package for 3-dimensional general-relativistic ideal magnetohydrodynamics (GRMHD) build on the Cactus framework. This is my primary tool for large-scale three-dimenional simulations.
  • GR1D - A 1-dimensional supernova code written by Evan O'Connor and Christian Ott.
  • NuLib - A code for generating neutrino opacity tables and a driver for using the generated tables.
  • stellarcollapse.org - A webpage containing a collection of tools and microphysics employed in CCSNe simulations (used both in GR1D and the Einstein Toolkit).

My current primary research interest is developing tools that will allow us to model the interactions of neutrinos with matter in exploding stars and merging neutron stars. This is an incredibly challenging computational problem that I am moving forward by combining Monte Carlo and deterministic transport algorithms that will enable us to more precisely understand and predict what happens in cosmic explosions. To find out more about this and previous work, check out my publications and talks pages.

As a scientist, only half of my job is to investigate how the universe works. Equally important, the other half is to ensure that the next generation is equipped to continue doing so. I tutor weekly at Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, and encourage anybody interested serving the community while developing teaching skills to get in touch with me. Information about this and previous educational endeavors can be found on my teaching page.

I received my B.A. in Astronomy-Physics in 2012 from the University of Virginia, where I did my senior thesis work under the supervision of John Hawley. More information can be found in my CV.

The banner picture is rendering of entropy data from a core-collapse simulation performed by my collaborator Philipp Mösta, in which the magnetic field was tightly wound up by differential rotation, creating magnetized bipolar outflows. See our paper in my list of publications.