My research interests have recently focused on developing the computational and theoretical tools necessary to analyze the large-scale matter distribution of the Universe. Galaxy surveys map out the positions of galaxies across the Universe (see this amazing video for an example). Statistical studies of these maps allow us to answer fundamental questions about the Universe, including its expansion rate and how the structure that we see today came to form. My Ph.D. studies have focused on developing a massively parallel open-source toolkit, nbodykit, to better analyze data sets from the next generation of galaxy surveys. In general, I am a strong believer in the necessity of the proper software tools in scientific research, as well as open-source software and the power of data to yield insights into the world around us.