My research interests focus primarily on the use of spectroscopy to investigate the relationship between a galaxy's ISM and energetic phenomena such as young stellar populations and AGN. I use rest-frame UV and optical spectroscopy from HST, the SDSS, and IFU surveys to study line-emitting gas in local (z<0.5) galaxies. Much of my analysis incorporates nebular diagnostics, photoionization models, and stellar population synthesis to infer fundamental properties of the ISM, stars, and ionizing radiation in other galaxies.
Currently, I work on a variety of projects led by faculty at multiple institutions. With Anne Jaskot (Williams), I am using a combination of UV spectroscopy with HST/COS (the LzLCS, GO 15626) and optical spectroscopy with SDSS to investigate how ionizing photons escape from H II regions. With Oli Dors, Jr, (Univap), I am using optical spectroscopy to investigate the temperature structure of ionized gas in AGN. With Ed Moran (Wesleyan), I am using IFU spectroscopy and the SDSS to investigate the relationship between AGN and their host galaxies. With fellow grad student Sandra Bustemante (UMass), I am using Gaia and TESS to study the relationship between dynamos and stellar structure in low mass (< 1 Msun) stars.