I am originally from Roy, UT. Growing up I was always interested in learning about something, and was especially interested in history, geography, writing, math, science, and music. In high school I was an active member of school and community bands and orchestras, including serving as the Band President my senior year of high school.
I graduated from Roy High School, and attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Physics-Astronomy. In addition to my major studies, I was a member of the Cougar Marching Band and BYU Symphonic Band for four years, earning a minor in music. Upon graduation I entered graduate school at the University of Texas at Austin, where I completed a masters (2005) and PhD (2009).
Following the completion of my PhD, I went on to be a post doctoral researcher at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, MD. After my time there I took a position as a visiting assistant professor at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. I recently returned to Brigham Young University and was a visiting assistant professor and taught classes in astronomy and astrophysics. I am currently a visiting assistant research professor at BYU, helping to oversee the West Mountain Observatory, mentor student research, and pursue my research interests.
For more information, please see my CV.