About Me

I received Bachelors degrees in Physics and Mathematics with a minor in Planetary Science from Alfred University in 2008. After an internship in 2007 at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, I decided to pursue graduate studies in planetary science. In 2012, I earned a Ph.D. in Space and Planetary Sciences from the University of Arkansas. During my doctoral studies, I attended NASA/JPL’s Planetary Science Summer School and was a guest researcher at the Lunar and Planetary Institute. After 2 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University with Dr. Amy Barr Mlinar, I joined the staff at the Arecibo Observatory. As a native of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, I was excited at the opportunity to work at a facility I visited so often as a child! As of November 2017, I returned to the institute that sparked my passion for planetary science, LPI.

In my research, I apply interdisciplinary techniques using numerical methods, and spacecraft and ground-based observations to understand planets as system. I focus on the early evolution of our solar system and habitability. In essence, I study life by investigating the early conditions of our Solar System, the present habitability of Solar System bodies, and by protecting life on Earth through tracking near-Earth objects at the Arecibo Observatory using its Planetary Radar system.

My LPI profile is here.