Star formation is a central issue of modern astrophysics. We have a
robust theory of stellar evolution, but we do not have a clear picture
of how stars form out of clumps of gas in giant molecular clouds.
Every young star is born with a circumstellar disk of gas and dust.
The disk is large enough and has enough mass to produce a planetary
system similar to our own.
I use a combination of observations and theoretical models to
improve our understanding of the early evolution of the young star
and the conversion of the disk into a planetary system. I also work
on larger surveys designed to acquire an accurate census of stars in
several nearby star-forming regions.
Currently, I am working in three areas.
FU Orionis objects: Accretion in Action
Taurus-Auriga dark cloud
The Double Cluster: h & χ Per