I am an astronomer, astrobiologist, and a 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.