Thanks for stopping by. I'm an Astronomer at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia and in the Department of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley.
I have my hand in a variety of things, but the majority of my work involves supernova and Cosmology. A certain type of supernova, called a type Ia, can be used as a standard candle that can trace our Universe's history. I mostly study the galaxies that these supernova occur in and figure out how they are affecting our measurements and the supernovae.
For this work, I am involved with a number of supernova surveys. I have been working on the ESSENCE Project, The CfA Supernova Search, The Carnegie Supernova Project and also starting a new search using Mt. Stromlo's new SkyMapper telescope.
I originally hail from Sacramento, California, USA. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, and my PhD at Mt. Stromlo Observatory, the Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. When I am not working, or travelling, I am playing soccer, laughing along to a great episode of the Office or South Park, taking care of the chickens or Sir Miteus the cat, or enjoying a fine beverage.