I do research into interstellar medium chemistry! Also called the ISM for short, this term is used to describe the vast set of molecular clouds located between star systems. A surprisingly large amount of chemistry occurs in these areas, and many molecules are produced that you might not expect to find. My project involves the organic molecule urea, and I am using computational calculations, telescope measurements, and laboratory simulations to determine the reactions through which it formed on icy dust grains in the ISM.
Space exploration is relatively new, so there's a lot that we as scientists don't know about. As a result, everywhere you look in the space sciences, there is new and exciting research that innovates on our knowledge of the universe, and I'm glad to be a part of it.
Saturn, so I could see the hexagonal cloud formation at its north pole.
I love spending time playing board games with friends, and I love to cook and bake foods and desserts for myself at home. On weekends, I try to go out hiking when the weather is nice, nearby areas like the San Gabriel mountains are beautiful on a good day, and a lot of the coastlines nearby are especially nice.
This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone.
Evie Harel sits in front of a computer modeling molecular interactions.