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Amanda Townsend

I’m an astrophysicist, currently working as a postdoctoral scholar at UC Davis, but based at NASA Ames. I am a member of the SOFIA EXES instrument team (since the start of 2020) with Matthew Richter.

I received my Astronomy PhD under the supervision of Professor Stephen Eikenberry at the University of Florida, where I also received my master’s in astronomy. I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in astrophysics and applied mathematics from the University of New Mexico, and I’m an alum of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and the Summer Science Program.

I enjoy working with spectroscopic instrumentation, small telescopes, and 3D printers.