About Me


You can look at my CV, if that helps.

I did my graduate work at UC Berkeley under the supervision of Leo Blitz with a lot of guidance from Alberto Bolatto. To collect the data that I analyzed for my degree, I used the BIMA millimeter interferometer (since fused with OVRO into CARMA), the Kitt Peak 12m (kind an the elder statesman of U.S. mm-wave astronomy, still kicking), and the Spitzer Space Telescope. I also got the chance to observe at UC’s Lick Observatory, the SEST telescope in Chile, the Green Bank Telescope, the WIYN optical telescope on Kitt Peak, and the JCMT submillimeter telescope on Mauna Kea.

My first postdoctoral appointment was at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy (MPIA). MPIA overlooks Heidelberg (Germany), which is about an hour south of Frankfurt. Heidelberg is a very old university town with a sort of famous barrel. Most of my time was spent working with Fabian Walter and the THINGS and HERACLES teams on issues related to the ISM, star formation, and feedback in nearby galaxies. I spend a lot of time these days observing at the IRAM 30m (in southern Spain) as part of the HERACLES survey. I also worked on projects using the Plateau de Bure Interferometer, the Calar Alto 3.5m telescope, the APEX telescope in Chile, and data from the Spitzer and GALEX space telescopes.

In 2009, I moved to the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Charlottesville, Virginia as a Hubble Fellow. I continued working on how gas is converted to stars across the nearby universe, taking advantage of the upgraded Jansky VLA, continuing to work heavily with the 30-m telescope, and using the Herschel space telescope and ALMA. During this time, I got a chance to spend significant time at NRAO’s western campus in Socorro, New Mexico.

Since 2011, I’ve been part of the scientific staff at NRAO, working as part of the North American ALMA Science Center. We’re the North American ALMA Regional Center (read: North American user interface to the ALMA project). I continue to work on the interstellar medium and star formation in nearby galaxies. Recently I’ve been mixing in very detailed studies of individual galaxies (e.g., M31 with the PHAT team, M51 with the PAWS team, NGC 253, and the Antennae with Cycle 0 ALMA collaborations) along with surveys of many galaxies (HERACLES follow ons). It’s a very exciting time to be at NRAO - with no exaggeration, we’ve just turned on two instruments (the VLA and ALMA) that each represent promise once-in-a-generation (or more) leaps forward in many, many fields! Fun times.