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I am a third year graduate student and NSF/Ford Graduate Research Fellow at the California Insitute of Technology in the Department of Astronomy. Currently, I am working with Phil Hopkins and Evan Kirby on galactic chemical evolution. I use cosmological simulations of galaxy formation and evolution to draw comparisons to observations of Local Group dwarf galaxies, in an effort to bridge the gap between our understanding of chemical evolution in theoretical and observational astrophysics. I also use large ground-based telescopes to make measurements of the heavy element content of stars in these nearby dwarf galaxies, using elements as a tracer of galaxy formation history.

I earned a B.S. in physics, specializing in astrophysics, from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2015. As an undergraduate, I worked primarily on brown dwarfs. Outside of research, I enjoy participating in astronomy-related outreach, working toward increasing diversity in STEM, and improving the quality of life for Caltech graduate students.

-- Ivanna Escala, January 2018