I identify systematically and in real time "changing looks" occurring in galaxies that should not be variable but suddenly activate in the optical, displaying emergent broad spectral features and blue continuua. To do this, I take advantage of the high cadence and large field of view of the Zwicky Transient Facility, a predecessor to the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope coming online in 2020.
I have experience with physics and astronomy outreach for all ages. I am currently the senior graduate student advisor of the Astronomy Gentleladies' Network (AGN), a mentoring program connecting graduate and undergraduate women in Physics and Astronomy at the University of Maryland as part of the Equity Constellation chapter of the Access Network.
Department of Astronomy
Physical Sciences Complex (415) Room 1113
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-2421