I am a fifth year grad student at LPL interested in planetary surfaces working with Dr. Shane Byrne. I have a B.S. in physics and astronomy-physics with a certificate (minor) in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Go Badgers!
My work is mostly focused on Mars mid-latitude ice and what it can tell us about the Martian climate system. In August I published my study on an ice sheet the size of California and Texas combined just underneath the surface of Mars that goes as deep as a 13-story building. To find this ice, I used a high-resolution camera called HiRISE, which we operate here at the Lunar and Planetary Lab on campus, as well as a radar instrument called SHARAD, which are both onboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Now, I am coding up a model to look into how this ice could have been preserved throughout the last 10s of millions of years (the expected age of the ice) and what the implications are for the Martian climate and distribution of ice on the planet. I'm also collaborating with scientists in Italy (Drs. Elena Martellato and Gabriele Cremonese) to model the formation of some really cool 'terraced' craters that formed from impacts through the ice layer. Shane's research group (we call ourselves ICEPIG) is also working on a project together to model carbon dioxide ice on Umbriel, a moon of Uranus. I also recently went to Iceland where I was part of a team studying the new lava flow at Holuhraun, as it is an excellent analog to many lava flows we see on Mars.