Originally from the suburbs of Portland (OR), I came to Madison by way of Seattle where I did my undergraduate work at the University of Washington. I have been very fortunate to live in these amazing cities and the last few years as a grad student in Madison have been great. When I’m not doing research, I try to get outside whenever possible to go sailing, play soccer, or hangout in a park. I’m also in a band and enjoy playing and listening to music. I love to travel, and life as a grad student has afforded me many opportunities to do so. Astronomy has taken me to South Africa, Sweden, Itay, and all across the US. It will definitely be bittersweet to leave Madison and the friends I’ve made here, but I’m looking forward to the next step!