I study (exo)planets and history.
In my free time, I listen to podcasts and radio, play various musical instruments, and try to spend time with trees and mountains. In the past I've been a meteorologist, cellist in a rock band, and ordained minister.
Updated December 2020
I like planets and atmospheres and small bodies of all Solar Systems, but especially ones ⪆150 AUs away.
In 2022, I'll be starting a PhD program studying planetary science in Robin Wordsworth's group at Harvard.
At MIT, I majored in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences with a concentration in Planetary Science & Astronomy, and did various research things including being a cog in the NASA/MIT TESS mission and writing a senior thesis about trying to use radial velocity data to look at exoplanet transmission spectra in a new way.
You can hear me chatting with Bill Nye and Corey Powell about looking for exoplanets here.
I research/am interested in things in the blob of topics whose contours are very roughly defined by the phrases "history of science," "history of tech," "settler colonialism," "20th-century Middle East," "land use," and "infrastructure."
In 2021-2022, I'll be pursuing an MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science as a Gates Cambridge scholar at the University of Cambridge.
At MIT, I also did a joint major in History and Computer Science (which was basically a History major with some CS classes tacked on). My senior thesis was about settler colonialism and the establishment of the first permanently occupied mountaintop observatory.
During undergrad I also:
I also love teaching, outreach, advocacy, and various community organizations I'm involved with. During undergrad, I also spent various amounts of time on things like: