Curriculum Vitae (17 September 2014)
I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Departamento de Astronomía at the Universidad de Concepción, working with Ezequiel Treister. I recently defended my PhD dissertation ("The Dynamics and Cold Gas Content of Luminous Infrared Galaxy Mergers in the Local Universe") in the Department of Astronomy at The University of Virginia. In the past (January – July 2013) I was a Visiting Graduate Student Fellow at the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center in Pasadena.
My primary research interest is galaxy evolution. Currently I am studying mergers of massive disk galaxies by matching numerical simulations to multi-wavelength observations. I am using these dynamical models to frame star formation and active galactic nuclei (AGN) in the context of merger-driven activity and to run hydrodynamic simulations to test models of star formation. I am also undertaking molecular line surveys of local LIRGs to examine tracers of the dense gas associated with star formation.
In addition to my research activities, I am interested in publich outreach and am always happy to talk to astronomy clubs and do classroom visits (in person or via Skype). Please contact me at the email above if you are interested in working together on outreach.
Me in Geneva (Winter 2012/3)