I'm a postdoc at UT Austin studying galaxies in the early universe. I observe bright galaxies ~500 million years after the Big Bang with the goal of understanding how early galaxies evolved. My research also focuses on the Epoch of Reionization, a time in the early universe when the cold, neutral Hydrogen between galaxies was heated and ionized. Observing the light emitted from galaxies -- at the far reaches of the universe and in our own "local" backyard -- can help us understand how this transition began and proceeded. I got my PhD at the University of Minnesota in 2018, and I'm all about Austin except for the heat. Sea otters are the best animals, dogs are better than cats, and sci-fi is the best genre.