I am a researcher with a strong record of advancing our understanding of the physics of stars, from the nuclear-burning core out to the circumstellar medium where stellar winds interact with the interstellar medium.  I exploit theoretical and numerical tools to compare with observational data sets to reveal the hidden physics of stars.  More specifically, I study stellar evolution, structure and atmospheres of massive stars including classical Cepheid stars, red giant and supergiant stars.  I am also fascinated by low-mass planet-hosting stars and their atmospheres and the connections between measured star and planet properties.  I excel at and enjoy teaching at the undergraduate and graduate level as well as participating in public outreach and science communication.

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