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I am a fourth year graduate student and NSF/Ford Graduate Research Fellow at the California Insitute of Technology in the Department of Astronomy. I work with Evan Kirby on galactic chemical evolution. I use large ground-based telescopes to make measurements of the heavy element content of stars in the Local Group, using elements as a tracer of galaxy formation history. Particularly, my thesis work addresses the challenge of making detailed measurements in the stellar halo of Andromeda. In the recent past, I have also worked with Phil Hopkins, using 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 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 graduate students.

-- Ivanna Escala, November 2018