I am fortunate to work with many wonderful students working on a variety of topics. This website is an overview (and brag sheet!) for many of their projects & accomplishments.

Student Collaborations


2019-2020 Projects

Erin Howard (WWU): DREU Project on Eclipsing Binaries in TESS

Lupita Tovar Mendoza (UW): (NSF GRFP Fellow) Flare morphology versus spectral type. (Repo) Co-author on paper “10 Years of Stellar Activity for GJ 1243

Jessica Birky (UW): (NSF GRFP Fellow) Eclipsing Binaries in TESS. (Repo) AAS 235 Poster

Courtney Klein (UCI): Flares in ZTF (co-mentor with Eric Bellm). AAS 235 Poster

Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein (UW): Time domain variability of massive stars with TESS & WISE.

Tyler Gordon (UW): Stellar Rotation Periods in K2 & TESS using Gaussian Processes. AAS 235 Talk

Spencer Wallace (UW): GKM Superflares in TESS.


2018-2019 Projects

Trevor Dorn-Wallenstein (UW): Time domain variability of massive stars with TESS. (Paper) (Repo). Co-author on Research Note “Photometric Metallicities for Low-mass Stars with Gaia and WISE

Lupita Tovar Mendoza (UW): Flare morphology versus spectral type. (Repo)

David Fleming (UW): Binary Star Rotation & Tides. (Paper)

Tyler Gordon (UW): Stellar Rotation Periods in K2 using Gaussian Processes. Related: NASA ADAP 2017

Spencer Wallace (UW): GKM Superflares in TESS Cycle 1. Related: TESS GO11264

Courtney Klein (UW): Flares in ZTF (co-mentor with Eric Bellm) (Repo). NSF GRFP 2019 recipient

Sam Quist (UW): Rotation Periods in K2 stars

Matthew Scoggins (WWU): Searching for variations in flare rates in Kepler stars. (Repo). (RNAAS Article)


2017-2018 Projects

Riley Clarke (WWU): Flare Activity of Wide Binary Stars with Kepler (Paper published in ApJ!). Co-author on “The GALEX View of Boyajian’s Star”. Characterizing Quasi-Periodic Pulsations in stellar flares using a Gaussian Process (repo). Riley is now a grad student at the University of Delaware

Zachery Laycock (WWU): Studying the optical and NUV variability of EK Dra with a 35 year light curve. Co-author on paper “The GALEX View of Boyajian’s Star”.

Matthew Scoggins (WWU): Searching for variations in flare rates in Kepler stars.

Zoë Bell (HMC): Rotation Periods in K2 stars (Summer student project, AAS 233 Poster)

Michael Puig-Holzman (UW): Measuring rotation periods in K2 stars

Jamel Adilia (UW): Searching for rotation periods from eclipsing binaries in OGLE.


2016-2017 Projects

Riley Clarke presenting his work at WWU Scholars Week 2017

Riley Clarke (WWU): Flare rates from wide binary stars in the Kepler field. Outstanding Poster Award, WWU 2017 Scholars Week.

Zachery Laycock (WWU): Searching for stellar activity variations in Mt Wilson stars with GALEX.


2015-2016 Projects

My 2016 student collaborators and me after their excellent Scholar’s Week presentation

Austin Boeck (WWU): Searching for connection between flares, starspots, and photometric flicker with Kepler.

Jonathan Cornet (WWU): Comparing flare rates between stars in Kepler.

Riley Clarke (WWU): Flare rates from wide binary stars in the Kepler field.


Past Student Collaborations

John Lurie (UW): 2015-2017, Paper: Flares & Starspots on GJ 1245AB, Paper: Tidal Synchronization of Binary Stars

Tessa Wilkenson (UW): 2013 - 2015

Collin Kielty (UW): 2012 - 2014

Tiffany Lin (UW): 2012

Meagan Albright (UW): 2011

Meghin Spencer (UW): 2011

Michelle Vick (HMC): 2011

Keaton Bell (UW): 2011, Paper: Active M Dwarf Variability