About

I’m a science writer and a physicist. I care deeply not only about the physics, but about how it’s understood by those outside of the field.

I have a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Illinois, with minors in French and math. I also studied abroad in France for five weeks.

I attended graduate school at the University of Washington in the beautiful city of Seattle. I obtained an M.S. degree in physics and pursued a PhD for several years, but eventually decided to leave to devote my time to science writing.

Gas Works Park, Seattle

My PhD research involved simulating molecules that wiggle in very weird ways; this makes it difficult to see them using our usual methods. The molecule I focused on was CH5+.

When I’m not writing, I like to ride horses and go backpacking with my husband, a fellow physicist. We are also both avid Trekkies (see below).

In the captain’s chair at the Museum of Pop Culture, Seattle! (Notice the Voyager comm badges)

In February 2019, we accomplished a years-long dream of adopting a dog. Say hello to Brownie! (Full name: Brownie-in-motion) You can follow him on Instagram here.

Brownie at Bryce Canyon in June 2019.