Professor | Associate Chair
- Ph.D., Astronomy, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2000
- M.Sc., Astronomy, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1997
- B.Sc., Astronomy, California Institue of Technology, 1995
Areas of Specialty
Galaxy Evolution, Galaxy Clusters, Observational Cosmology, Large Surveys.
My research focuses on the growth and evolution of structure in the universe, with an emphasis on galaxy and galaxy cluster evolution. A significant fraction of my work involves large extragalactic surveys, which are used to find rare objects (e.g. high redshift galaxy clusters) and measure evolution of the properties of the general galaxy population. I am also interested in observational cosmology and have in the past worked on projects to demonstrate the existence of dark matter and to conduct a census of baryons in nearby galaxy lusters.
I am currently a Professor in the Astronomy Department at UF. After receiving my PhD in Astronomy and Astrophysics under the supervision of Dennis Zaritsky at UC Santa Cruz in 2000, I spent one year at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics as a CfA Fellow. I subsequently spent three years as an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow at the Univeristy of Florida before taking a faculty postion at UF in 2005.