Associate Research Scientist
Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
1411C SRBClimate & Space Research Building University of Michigan 2455 Hayward Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143
Ph.D., Astronomy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.S., Physics, Georgia State University
B.S., Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, University of Wisconsin-Madison
I have always been fascinated by how scientists learn about the Universe we all share. After all, no one can measure the temperature in the center of a star or see subatomic particles. This curiosity about the scientific learning process naturally led me to questions about the information content of various types of data. In particular, I have been researching issues that involve retrieving 3D (and more D) information from many types of 2D images of the Sun. Recently, I have become fascinated with the problem of directly imaging planets around other stars. This is an extraordinarily challenging problem because the star will outshine any of its planets by a factor of at least one million, making the problem somewhat akin to trying to read street signs when driving at night into somebody’s headlights with a really dirty windshield.