I’m a senior research associate at the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, which is hosted on the campus of the University of Toronto. I study black holes, gravitational waves, and other topics in General Relativity. The motivation for my work is to better understand strongly curved spacetime and connect with observations of gravitational waves. The first detections of merging black holes by the LIGO collaboration has opened up a new field of astronomy, with many discoveries yet to come.
As a member of the SXS collaboration, I use numerical simulations to study the inspiral and merger of black holes. I also use analytical methods to explore black holes which are perturbed by external influences or the infall of material. I’ve previously worked to develop a method of visualizing black hole spacetimes, and in the oscillations of neutron stars.