I am a sixth year physics Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) planning to defend in June of 2018. My thesis research is in very high energy gamma-ray astrophysics. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding the physical processes creating gamma rays in blazars, and using blazars as probes of the extragalactic background light. Before coming to UCSC, I did my undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota. In my spare time, I like traveling, sewing, being outside and thinking of ways to improve public science literacy.