Exploring the Radio Universe
As an assistant scientist at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), I study the dynamics galaxies in the Universe by using a variety of telescopes. I use the 305-m Arecibo, 100-m Green Bank, and Very Large Array radio telescopes (above), IRAM 30-meter, and Palomar Hale Telescope to study the dynamics of these galaxies near and far.
In additon, I'm fascinated by the current revolution in astronomy dealing with large datasets. I write software dealing with the visualization and mining of these datasets at radio frequencies. I work on the Green Bank Telescope data archive, and the Very Large Array calibration pipeline.
I'm interested in studying and working with 3D graphics. The animation above is a 3D volume rendering of the velocity field based on data from the PSCz catalogs (Saunders et al. 2000 and Schmoldt et al. 1999).