Ph.D. Astronomy, University of Washington, expected 2023

M.Sc. Astronomy, University of Washington, 2018

B.A. Physics with Astrophysics concentration, Pomona College, 2014

A.S. Natural Sciences, Santa Rosa Junior College, 2010


Research assistant, University of Washington, 2016-present
Characterization of emission line stars in M31, stellar halo population analysis with Roman, near-IR tip of the red giant branch calibration
Supervisors: Prof. Julianne Dalcanton & Prof. Benjamin Williams

Research and Instrument Analyst, STScI, 2014-2016
HST/WFC3-IR detector characterization, CANDELS completeness testing & photometric redshift error analysis
Supervisors: Dr. Elena Sabbi & Dr. Henry Ferguson

Research assistant, Carnegie Observatories, 2013-2014
RR Lyrae period-luminosity-metallicity relations in ω Centauri with Spitzer/IRAC
Supervisor: Dr. Victoria Scowcroft

Research assistant, Pomona College, 2012
Blazar polarimetry with Table Mountain Observatory
Supervisor: Dr. Alma Zook

Selected Publications

B. F. Williams, M. J. Durbin, R. L. Beaton, J. J. Dalcanton, D. Lang et al. The Panchromatic Hubble Andromeda Treasury: Triangulum Extended Region (PHATTER). I. Ultraviolet to Infrared Photometry of 22 Million Stars in M33. ApJS, 253, 53.

M. J. Durbin, R. L. Beaton, J. J. Dalcanton, B. F. Williams, and M. Boyer. MCR-TRGB: A Multiwavelength-Covariant, Robust Tip of the Red Giant Branch Measurement Method. ApJ, 898, 57.

Grants & Awards

PI, Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 29 Proposal AR-16611, "Modeling Spatiotemporal Systematics in Multiwavelength Stellar Photometry Catalogs", $219,571

PI, Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 28 Proposal AR-16122, "A Fully Self-Consistent Local Group NIR-TRGB Calibration", $137,016

PI, Hubble Space Telescope Cycle 25 Proposal AR-15016, "Calibrating the Near-Infrared Tip of the Red Giant Branch with Multiwavelength Photometry", $96,020

The Frank Parkhurst Brackett, Jr., and Davida Wark Brackett Prize, Pomona College, 2014


Teaching assistant, University of Washington, 2016-2017

RIA training assistant, STScI, 2015-2016

Teaching assistant, Pomona College, 2013-2014

Tutor, Keck Joint Sciences, 2013

Community Service & Outreach

UAW Local 4121 Union Steward, 2018-2021

University of Washington Graduate and Professional Student Senator, 2017-2021

Hubble Time Allocation Committee Support Staff, STScI, 2015 & 2016

Baltimore #popscope volunteer, 2015-2016

Co-founder, ALPhA (''Awesome Ladies in Physics and Astronomy''), Pomona College, 2013-2014