Research Blog

Quick Descriptions of My Research

The Very Low Albedo of WASP-12b

An international team of researchers which I led analyzed new Hubble observations of WASP-12b in hopes of detecting light reflected by the gas giant exoplanet. Our stringent non-detection gives us exciting insights into the composition of the atmosphere on the dayside of the planet.
Image Credit: NASA/ESA/G. Bacon

Binarity of Type II Cepheids

To test theories of Type II Cepheid formation, I studied the spatial distribution of these pulsating stars within the best-studied Milky Way Globular clusters to determine whether or not there is evidence that they are frequently found orbiting another star within a binary system.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/NOAO/AURA/NSF

Star Formation in z~1 Galaxy Clusters

How does the star formation rate of galaxies depend on their stellar mass and the density of their environment? To answer this question and study the evolution of galaxy clusters, I analyzed 8 billion year old photons collected by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Image Credit: NASA/STScI/ESA/JPL-Caltech/McGill