I am a planetary scientist focusing on the exploration of the outer solar system.
I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Boulder office of Southwest Research Institute as part of NASA's New Horizons mission to the Pluto system and beyond. My research focuses on orbital mechanics and impacts in the outer solar system. This includes the tidal evolution of binary Kuiper Belt objects, the geochemical effects of micrometeorite impacts on icy satellites, the transfer of dust between Pluto and its moons, and the capture of Earth-sized moons around giant exoplanets. I am also helping to set up some of the data analysis tools for New Horizons.
I am originally from Canada and grew up in Ontario, Oxfordshire, and Tennessee. I received my B.S. in Physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and I was an intern at the NASA/Caltech Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I received my Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration, and I was a predoctoral fellow at Lowell Observatory.