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University of Toronto Telescopes

I recently completed my PhD in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. My thesis focused on understanding a population of surprisingly compact galaxies that existed when the universe was younger, but appear to be missing in our present-day universe. I combined large data sets from telescopic surveys and used wrote code that used statistical methods to analyze the age distributions of the galaxy populations.

I received my BSc in Astrophysics and my MSc in Astronomy from the University of Western Ontario. For my master's thesis, I studied active galactic nuclei (also known as quasars), which are the actively accreting supermassive black holes at the centres of some galaxies.

Throughout my MSc and PhD, I have enjoyed work as a teaching assistant for courses including first year physics and introduction to astronomy. I also love speaking about astronomy and science with the general public at the department's many outreach activities, or whenever anyone asks me about it!

I am currently seeking opportunities to exercise my skills in new and exciting ways. I would love to use my data analysis skills to help companies ask the right questions and tell stories with their data. I am also passionate about science outreach, education, and policy-making, and would love to help people to become more comfortable with science and technology, even if they never plan to be "scientists"!

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