My research is in the area of nuclear astrophysics. My primary interests are in the areas of heavy element nucleosynthesis and the equation-of-state (EOS) of dense nuclear matter. I am also interested in exotic nucleosynthesis scenarios, such as deuterium production associated with active galactic nuclei (AGNs). An understanding of the nuclear physics involved is governed by constraints provided by astronomical observations such as light curves in x-ray bursts, neutron star masses, and spectral signatures of Lyman limit systems and by experiments done at accelerator laboratories, such as the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
, and here at the Western Michigan University tandem accelerator. Results of these experiments further constrain our understanding of the astrophysical environments involved in such processes. Computer simulations help to provide a link between astronomical observations and experimental results.