I am an astronomer working to understand how galaxies earlier in the history of the universe have changed and evolved to produce the universe we see today. More specifically I study the gas, dust and stars in these early galaxies using emission lines that are visible at submillimeter wavelengths. I also have interests in astronomical instrumentation, effective methods of teaching science and communicating science to the public.
I earned my PhD in Astronomy at Cornell University with Dr. Gordon Stacey. I built the 2nd generation z(Redshift) and Early Universe Spectrometer (ZEUS-2) and used it and its predecessor to study galaxies in the early universe. I was a postdoc in Dr. Fabian Walter's group at the Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany.
I am currently an Associate Professor of Physics at Winona State University where I teach physics, do research with undergraduates, and help prepare future science teachers.
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