I am a PhD Candidate studying the co-evolution of galaxies and the supermassive black holes (SMBH) at their centers. I look at galaxies with SMBHs that are actively accreting as active galactic nuclei (AGN), and examine how AGN activity is related to star-formation in their host galaxies. I am particularly interested in studying the connection between AGN and their host galaxies in galaxy merger events.
I conduct this work with Julie Comerford at the University of Colorado Boulder and use a large breadth of tools, datasets, and instruments when tackling my research questions. My research has incorporated data from the Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope, Chandra X-ray Observatory, and WISE, as well as large multi-wavelength surveys such as COSMOS, AEGIS, GOODS, GEMS, and CANDELS. Some tools that I use in my work include Source Extractor, GALFIT, and the SED template fitting package LRT, as well as more specialized tools (e.g. CIAO / Sherpa).