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Education: M.S.: University of Washington (2016), B.A.: Wesleyan University (2015)

Research Interests: Massive stars, stellar populations, time domain studies

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Research

Massive stars represent the extremes of stellar evolution, and are the sites of exotic physical processes that shape the Universe. Their short lifetimes and intrinsic rarity make them a unique challenge to study. I use a mix of focused single-object studies, cutting-edge stellar population modelling, and techniques borrowed from Big Data to better understand these stellar behemoths.

I am currently working on a number of projects using data from the Gaia mission to find large samples of massive stars. These samples allow us to take an unprecedented look into the behavior of massive stars in the time domain. I also use population synthesis models to understand the effects of binary interactions on stellar populations. Finally, I am interested in exotic evolutionary phases like Thorne-Żytkow objects.

From Dorn-Wallenstein & Levesque (2018): Theoretical WR/O vs. WC/WN ratios, calculated for populations with constant star formation and variable metallicity and binary fraction, with data from the Local Group for comparison. Theoretical populations from BPASS (Eldridge et al. 2017).

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