Email: iescala{at}carnegiescience{dot}edu


Until recently, I was a graduate student and NSF/Ford Graduate Research Fellow at the California Insitute of Technology in the Department of Astronomy. I graduated with my Ph.D. in Astrophysics in June 2020, and I am now a Carnegie-Princeton Fellow at the Carnegie Observatories. As a consequence, I will no longer be updating this website. Please find my new webpage here.

My thesis work with Evan Kirby focused on investigating connections between elemental abundances and galaxy formation in the Local Group. I used large ground-based telescopes (Keck II) to make measurements of the heavy element content of stars as a tracer of galaxy formation history. Particularly, my thesis work addressed the challenge of making detailed measurements in the stellar halo and disk of the great Andromeda galaxy. I have also worked with the Hopkins group, 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 running, cooking, and reading.

August 2020