The big picture.

Why study disks, you ask?  The disks around young stars are composed of the leftover material from the formation of the star.  Presumably they’re also the raw material for the planets that will eventually form around the star.  And once planets form, they will inevitably interact with their natal material.  Studying the disks gives us insight into how and when in the life of a star planets might form, and can tell us what types of planets/systems are commonly formed (e.g., is our own solar system typical?)

The pages to the left contain short descriptions of some of the research themes I have pursued recently. 

Research Themes

Debris Disks

Transition Disks

Accretion signatures


(Collaborative work)



Want to know more? Find my work on ADS / arXiv