About Me

IMG_0646 I am a second-year graduate student in astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley.  I earned my B.S. in Physics (Astrophysics) in 2018 from the University of California, Santa Cruz where I was a Regents Scholar and a 2017 Barry Goldwater Scholar.

At UCSC, I worked with Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz and Morgan MacLeod studying the common envelope phase in the formation of close binaries as well as the general problem of the accretion and drag experienced by binary systems interacting with gaseous environments.

At Cal, I am investigating the deaths of massive stars in failed supernovae in order to model the electromagnetic signatures of black hole birth.  My advisor is Eliot Quataert.

Before transferring to UCSC, I attended West Valley Community College, where I earned associates degrees in math and physics.   Along my non-traditional path to graduate studies, I was mentored by an incredible network of people who believed in me and who showed me the way to a career in science.   I am passionate about helping students realize their dreams in science and beyond through mentoring and community-building.  Presently, I am working to expand the support and mentoring programs for transfer students in astronomy and physics at Cal.   Talk to me if you’d like to get involved!

You can find me in 461 Campbell Hall.

acantni [at] gmail [dot] com