I am an astronomer, astrobiologist, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of California, Irvine. My research focuses on exploring the climate and habitability of small planets in the Earth-sized regime orbiting low-mass stars, using a hierarchy of computer models, in concert with data from NASA’s Kepler mission, along with other space- and ground-based observatories.
I’m also a classically-trained Actor, and use my theater background to communicate science to the public in engaging, innovative ways. I was named a 2015 TED Fellow, which is an exciting honor. And I am the 2016 recipient of the Origins Project Postdoctoral Award Lectureship.
Visit my research website here.
For more about me, read a recent profile on the TED blog here.