I am interested in a variety of topics related to galaxy evolution, hydrodynamics, and computational astrophysics. My dissertation focuses on the physics of starburst-driven galactic winds, coupled with the creation of a new GPU-based hydrodynamics code, Cholla, which I wrote from scratch. Cholla was designed to be massively-parallel and extremely efficient, and it has been run on some of the largest supercomputers in the world. Click on the pics below for links to my research blog, the Cholla download page (the code is free and open-source), and Cholla reference paper.
I am a graduate student at Steward Observatory, the University of Arizona astronomy department. Before coming to Steward I spent four years getting a fantastic liberal arts education at Bryn Mawr, a women’s college just outside of Philadelphia. There I learned a lot about physics, a little about life, and of course, that the patriarchy has got to go. I graduated from Bryn Mawr in May 2010 with a double major in mathematics and physics. Outside of astronomy, I enjoy essentially any outdoor activity, including hiking, rock climbing, and walking my dogs, Nacha and Oscar Wilde. On indoor days I can often be found reading, listening to records, or watching my favorite shows on Netflix (let's be honest).