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 (where I am also a Contributing Editor), Symmetry Magazine, Drone360, and Physics World. 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).
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 great pyrenees mix puppy.