Background

I am currently a Fellow at Insight Data Science in Palo Alto, CA. While at Insight, I consulted the Performance & Analytics Department of San Diego to help optimize their Graffiti prevention programs. More information about this project is available here. In my spare time, I've also investigated the discography of Kanye West and created a viewer, called the Para-Monster, to explore my astronomical data in multiple dimensions of parameter space.

Before Insight, I was a postdoctoral fellow in Galactic Archaeology at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Australian National University. I used data mining to identify high velocity stars escaping our Milky Way; I also quantified the chemical patterns in the Galactic disk using various statistical techniques. My research utilised the Galactic Archaeology with HERMES (GALAH) Survey, for which I was a member of the Survey Management Group and led the Communication Working Group.

I received my PhD in Astronomy from the Ohio State University in 2011 (Masters received 2007). In 2005, I received a B.A. with High Honors in Astrophysics from Swarthmore College.

I do most of my day-to-day work in Python, using Jupyter Notebooks, and I especially love making beautiful and informative data visualisations with Matplotlib and Javascript. I also have experience composing and running efficient SQL queries on large databases.

I am originally from outside Boston, MA. I still support my local Boston sports teams and enjoy wakeboarding, Steinbeck novels, and gawking at kangaroos.