I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in astrophysics at York University in Toronto, where I study active galactic nuclei, focusing on the winds generated by super massive black holes at the centres of massive galaxies; this work is done under the supervision of Dr. Patrick Hall. I am an active team member of the York University Astronomical Observatory, where, among many other public reach endeavours, I manage, co-produce, and co-host the Observatory’s weekly radio program York Universe. During my free time I play Ultimate Frisbee, Hockey, or other sports, I read books, watch movies, and travel. I have a Honours Bachelor of Science in astrophysics from McMaster University and a Master of Science in astrophysics from York University.
It’s always so hard to describe yourself in a few short paragraphs, but I will attempt to give you a brief view of me.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate at York University in the department of Physics and Astronomy. My supervisor is professor Patrick Hall (see his website here). Together we research Active Galactic Nuclei. More specifically, I research Broad Absorption Troughs found in approximately 25% of quasars. I also work at the Ontario Science Centre as a Host.
My first job was at the YMCA of Greater Toronto, in Brampton, Ontario (where I grew up). There I worked in pretty much every deparment: gym programs, maintenance, front desk, child minding, etc. But most importantly, it was where I spent many of my summers as a YMCA day camp counselor. My experience with the YMCA taught me that I really love people, I really love presenting, and I really like teaching.
On a seemingly unrelated branch of my life, I also really loved science. Throughout high school I did fairly well with most science courses, and particularly loved Computer Science and Physics. At the end of high school, despite my love of the arts, reading, and history I applied to McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario as a Computer Science major. I quickly became disinterested in that path, and switched to astrophysics (though much of the day-to-day can feel very similar).
As I finished up my undergraduate degree in astrophysics and moved into graduate school at York University, it became very obvious that my life was tearing me in two unrelated directions. On the one hand, I absolutely loved people, children, teaching, and presenting; on the other hand I loved the challenge of active research and science. The internal conflict of how to marry the two was strong. If I chose either direction permanently, would I be sad that I hadn’t chosen the other? How can I tell which one i like more? What if I make the wrong choice?
I was saved from making a choice, by finding a direction in life that combines both passions in the most perfect way: science communication. The world of science is an amazing place full of unbelievable phenomena (see: why I became a scientist), and there is no shortage of people who want to know about it. I hope to make a career out of informing and engaging people with the world of science.
But of course, it is not the work that defines the man. I love to ride my motorcycle. I love playing sports (mostly hockey and ultimate frisbee, but there are others). I love travelling. I love reading. I love eating. I love meeting new people. There is so much more to describe here, and this website (specifically my personal blog) will catalog them all.