Matthew is a first-year Ph.D. Student in the Department of Astronomy at Columbia University. He received his BS in physics/math and his BA in philosophy from Western Washington University (2020).
His research interests span most areas of computational astrophysics and cosmology, but he is especially interested in questions involving black holes, the early universe, and dark matter. His undergraduate research experience involved work in condensed matter (quantum dynamics), quantum foundations, astronomy, and machine learning applied to astronomy.
He is currently working on identifying distinguishing characteristics of different supermassive black hole formation pathways.