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Welcome!

I am an award-winning science writer and editor, specializing in everything astronomical. My work has appeared in Discover, Popular Science, Smithsonian.com, New Scientist, Quanta Magazine, Astronomy, Symmetry Magazine, Drone360, and Physics World. I am a Contributing Editor at Astronomy and I write the Astrobeat blog for Discover. 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 three science books for kids (two from ABDO Publishing and one from Lerner Publishing Group).

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.