Research

Interests: Exoplanets, Atmosphere Characterization, Reflected Light, Machine Learning

Overview

Welcome to my academic webpage! I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Physics at McGill University. My supervisors are Nicolas Cowan from McGill University and Pierre Bastien from Université de Montréal. My current research focuses on the characterization of exoplanet atmospheres, especially highly-irradiated exoplanets. I make use of data from the Hubble Space Telescope and the Spitzer Space Telescope to study hot Jupiter atmospheres. Recently I have also begun to dabble with modelling the atmospheres of highly-irradiated exoplanets. One of my other current projects uses the newly comissioned POMM at the Observatoire du Mont-Mégantic to study the polarization of light coming from known hot Jupiters.

I received a B.Sc. Honours in Physics at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, specializing in astronomy. In the summer of 2014, my first NSERC USRA project at McMaster University under the supervision of Doug Welch and Alison Sills aimed to create a modern, uniform catalogue of variable stars in Milky Way globular clusters. My second NSERC USRA at the University of Toronto was supervised by Howard Yee and Allison Noble. In this project, I studied the effect of environmental density and galactic stellar mass on the star formation rate of z~1 galaxies. My undergraduate research project, supervised by Doug Welch, tried to find evidence of binarity in Type II Cepheid variable stars in Milky Way globular clusters.

Exoplanet Atmospheres

WASP-12b Secondary Eclipse Observation

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.

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Past Research

Globular Clusters & Variable Stars

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.

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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.

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