I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Geophysical Sciences from the University of Chicago in 2013. I went on to get a Masters Degree and Ph.D. in Planetary Sciences from the University of Arizona (in 2016 and 2019, respectively). During my time as a graduate student, I became interested in how general education science students approach concepts taught to them in their astronomy courses. I decided to pursue a Certificate in College Teaching through the University of Arizona’s Office of Instruction and Assessment. This led me on the path to pursue Astronomy Education Research full-time, and after graduation, I began a position as a Postdoctoral Researcher for the Zooniverse at the Adler Planetarium. As a Professor at ASU, I utilize citizen science as tool to bring authentic data-rich experiences to students in both in-person and online courses. I also develop active learning materials designed to engage students in critical thinking that promotes a level of understanding beyond rote memorization.
In my free time I love to travel, play pickle ball and tennis, and spend time with my husband and two rescue dogs, Tyrion and Mika.