Current Graduate Student
I am a fifth-year graduate student in the Astronomy Department at UC Berkeley. My research areas are supernovae, cosmology, and gravitational lensing. I hang out at the Computational Cosmology Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and I work with Peter Nugent and Dan Kasen.
My CV is available from my website.
The nature of Dark Energy is one of the greatest mysteries in science today. It was discovered in 1998, when scientists found that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. We call the force driving this expansion Dark Energy, but beyond that we know very little. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) will produce a unique dataset of billions of galaxies, which will allow us to measure how Dark Energy behaves over time with unprecedented precision. The LSST dataset will also enable us to tackle several other questions in cosmology and fundamental physics.
The LSST Dark Energy Science Collaboration (LSST DESC) will prepare for and carry out a variety of cosmological analyses with the LSST survey. In advance of LSST's first observations, DESC will help prepare for LSST science analysis, make synergistic connections with ongoing cosmological surveys and provide the dark energy community with state of the art analysis tools.