I am an award-winning science writer and editor, specializing in everything astronomical. My work has appeared in Discover, Popular Science, Smithsonian.com, Quanta Magazine, Astronomy (where I am also a Contributing Editor), Symmetry Magazine, New Scientist, Physics World, and Drone360. In 2013, I won the David N. Schramm Award for High-Energy Astrophysics Science Journalism, presented by the American Astronomical Society, for my feature article “How we know black holes exist,” in the April 2012 issue of Astronomy. I am also the author of five science books for kids (two from ABDO Publishing, two from Focus Readers, and one from Lerner Publishing Group). In December 2017, myself and four other Austin-based science communicators founded ATX Sci Wri to promote accurate, accessible, and ethical science writing in Texas.
I studied physics and astrophysics in college and graduate school, and soon found myself leaving behind mathematical equations to instead focus on the words and stories describing astronomical concepts. As a science journalist, I am able to explore everything from dark matter and black holes to the outer planets and future telescopes. I love diving into difficult topics — how did the universe evolve, where do the highest-energy particles come from, and what definitive proof do scientists need to declare life on another planet? I have written dozens of feature articles and hundreds of news stories covering all aspects of astronomical science.
I welcome writing and editing projects to translate complex scientific concepts and discoveries into language that not only is understandable to anyone but also captures the research’s excitement and importance.
I live in Austin, Texas, with my husband and our wacky but lovable border collie mix and our fluffy Maremma-mix puppy.