Research


I am currently a graduate student at UC Berkeley, working mainly with Josh Bloom and the rest of the transient group. I am currently writing my thesis and will graduate in the spring of 2011. Most of my work has revolved around the observational study of gamma-ray bursts, their afterglows, and their host galaxies. I have been involved extensively with afterglow follow-up using the robotic telescopes KAIT and PAIRITEL as well as with spectroscopy on large-aperture telescopes Keck and Gemini; the focus of my thesis work involves host-galaxy observations: searching for and cataloguing the properties of the galaxies in which GRBs have occurred. Since the average redshift of a gamma-ray burst is about z=2.0, this means looking at extremely distant and faint galaxies, observed at a time when the universe was about half its present age. My current research interests focus on the GRB-dust connection: probing the properties of high-redshift dust using GRBs, and understanding the selection biases dust imposes on the existing GRB afterglow sample. Some particular research questions I've been interested in: Before coming to Berkeley, I worked on several other projects in radio astronomy, software, and galaxy cluster identification (see Previous Research).

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