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I am a Staff Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. I work on the Hubble Space Telescope's (HST's) Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) instrument team.
As a researcher, I predominantly focus on understanding the formation and evolution of galaxies over cosmic time through observations. During my postdoc (September 2018 to July 2021), I worked with Dr. Marc Rafelski at STScI understanding the role of star-forming galaxies in ionizing the Universe using HST and the Keck Telescope (see Prichard et al. 2021). My research, focusing on incredibly faint distant galaxies, requires the cleanest possible data to extract as much information as possible. I therefore made several improvements to the HST Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3)/UVIS darks pipeline, many of which were adopted by STScI for delivered data products. A notebook with easily applicable additional improved HST data calibrations is available on my GitHub.
I earned my PhD in astrophysics in June 2018 as a Hintze Scholar at the University of Oxford, studying early-type galaxies using integral field units and supervised by Professor Roger Davies. More information about my research can be found here and a link to my curriculum vitae can be found below.
I am passionate about increasing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in astronomy and academia in general. As a postdoc at STScI, I led an initiative by the Women in Astronomy Forum to survey researchers on the factors affecting their ability to attend conferences. This resulted in an Astro2020 white paper (Prichard et al. 2019) with recommendations for the community that were presented to the STScI leadership. I also served as a Co-chair of the Inclusive Astronomy 2 (IA2) conference Local Organizing Committee. Based on the lessons learned planning IA2, we published a comprehensive document of recommendations for STScI and the astronomy community to plan future inclusive conferences. Read more about these roles, my other DEI work, and outreach activities here.