About

I'm a third-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in Physics at the University of California, Davis, supervised by Jim Crutchfield. Born and raised in south-central North Carolina, I was a Chancellor's Science Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. While there, I played trombone in the marching band and spent some time bringing the Maker Movement to UNC. At Davis, I've been taking classes, TAing, and looking into topics for my dissertation. For fun, I play competitive Super Smash Bros Melee and do my best to find community.

research

My research centers around inference of Complex Dynamical Systems. Broadly speaking, this means that I'm interested in reconstructing the "equations of motion," which govern a system's behavior. For a layman's introduction to Complexity, check out this video.

So far, I've explored some of the problems associated with doing this inference directly from data. I also play with neural nets.

In an increasingly noisy world, I think science outreach has never been more salient. To get a flavor for my research, check out this presentation I gave to a high school audience in collaboration with Skype a Scientist.

For a more complete description of projects past and present, visit my projects page.

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