Natalie Gosnell is a W. J. McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Colorado, she earned her B.A. in Physics from Colorado College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research focuses on understanding the formation and subsequent evolution of collisional and mass transfer stellar products. Many stars, especially stars in clusters, don’t evolve on their own but are changed or influenced by a binary companion or through dynamical interactions. These stellar products can include blue straggler stars and X-ray binaries, which were the main focus of Natalie’s dissertation. Although her dissertation focused on ultraviolet and X-ray observations, Natalie is now branching into the near-IR using the new IGRINS spectrograph on the 2.7m telescope at McDonald Observatory.
Natalie is committed to increasing access in STEM fields for historically underrepresented groups and pushing our community to be truly inclusive. When she is not doing science you can find her singing, knitting, or sitting at the merch table for Astronomy on Tap ATX. She normally tweets as @nattie_g_ and you can find her website at http://nataliegosnell.com/.