July 1, 2013
I received my PhD in astronomy & astrophysics from the University of Arizona in 2008, and started my first postdoc research position shortly after at the Harvard-Smithsonian center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, MA. I joined UCSB in fall of 2012. I have spent much of my research at the interface between astrophysics and statistics, with an emphasis on Bayesian methods. Most of my work has been in time series analysis, measurement errors, truncated data sets, and hierarchical modeling. My astrophysical research focuses on the growth of supermassive black holes, and the physics of material flowing into the black hole. I write code with Python and C++, and have recently started using CUDA for scientific computing with general purpose GPUs.
I am a postdoctoral researcher in astrophysics at UCSB. Most of my research interests are in developing and applying statistical tools and software for astronomical applications.