I am a planetary physicist working with the Virtual Planet Laboratory (located in the Astronomy Department) at the University of Washington in Seattle WA to explore the influence of planetary interiors on habitability.
I am developing models of the earliest evolution of terrestrial planets. This simplistic model couples interiors, magnetic fields, atmospheres, carbon cycling, and plate tectonics. In particular I am exploring the influences of mantle melting, mantle and core radioactivity, and core conductivity on the thermal and magnetic histories of Earth and Venus. I am also pursuing first principles dynamo models and simulating the magnetic reversal history of the geodynamo.
Prior to joining the VPL, from 2012-2013 I collaborated with the Open Earth System research group as a Postdoctoral Associate in the Geology and Geophysics Department at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
From 2010-2012 I was a Bateman Fellow at Yale studying the influence of planetary magnetic fields on atmospheric escape, the effects of heat loss due to melting on the thermal history of the Earth, and how magnetic field polarity bias relates to reversal frequency in the Phanerozoic and Precambrian.
I earned my Ph.D. in Earth and Planetary Science from Johns Hopkins University in 2010. The subject of my Ph.D. thesis was numerical dynamo modeling of magnetic field reversals, core evolution, and the possibility of detecting dynamos in terrestrial exoplanets (so-called "exodynamos").
Prior to my doctoral studies at JHU I was a member of the California and Carnegie Planet Search Team at San Francisco State University, where I earned a M.S. in Physics in 2006. My research focused on developing statistical methods for estimating planetary parameters from exoplanet radial velocity observations.