I’m an Astronomer, Astrobiologist, and an NSF Astronomy and Astrophysics Postdoctoral Fellow and UC President’s Postdoctoral Program Fellow in the UCLA Department of Physics and Astronomy and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. I study the climate and habitability of planets orbiting stars other than our Sun, called extrasolar planets. I will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Irvine beginning in Fall 2017.
I’m also a classically-trained Actor, and use my theater background to communicate science to the public in engaging, innovative ways. I was recently named a 2015 TED Fellow, which is an exciting honor. And I am the 2016 recipient of the Origins Project Postdoctoral Award Lectureship.
ashields AT astro DOT ucla DOT edu
For more about me, read a recent profile on the TED blog here.