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Ph.D., Astrophysics and Planetary Science, 2017, University of Colorado – Boulder

My dissertation, Small Scale Structure in Saturn’s Rings, contained the highest-resolution study of the structure of Saturn’s rings ever performed. I worked as part of NASA’s Cassini mission under Dr. Larry Esposito.

B.S., Physics, 2012, Beloit College

Museum Experience

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 2017 – present

Chief Scientist, 2019 – present

  • Supervise full-time, part-time, and volunteer staff in planetarium and gallery facilitation departments

  • Lead curator for large (5-7,000 sq ft) temporary exhibits

2019: Space exploration

2020: Climate change (in development)

  • Principal advocate for Museum’s science mission

Director of Scientific Presentation, 2017 – 2019

  • Created innovative machine learning-based gallery guide to improve content delivery and accessibility

  • Scripted and co-produced a unique full-length planetarium show that combined scientific visualizations with illustrative cartoons and live presentation

  • Developed relationships with local community partners

Fiske Planetarium, 2013 – 2017

Graduate student

While a graduate student, I developed Above & Beyond: Cosmic Conversations, a show series about stories from the intersection of science and society. I used the program to provide professional-development opportunities in public speaking for early-career scientists across disciplines.

Writing experience

SciShow, 2016 – present

I’ve written more than 60 scripts for this critically-acclaimed series on YouTube, totaling more than 9 million views. Each script requires smart, witty writing for a popular audience.

Space exploration news, 2015

As their Cassini mission correspondent, I wrote 24 stories, ranging from small updates to long features based on original reporting.

Universe Today, 2014-2015

Freelance writer (six stories)

Editing Experience

Scishow, 2019 – present

Freelance editor for scripts in SciShow and SciShow Space YouTube channels, produced by Complexly.

Crash Course: Engineering, 2018

I edited 18 scriptsfor Crash Course Engineering, produced by Complexly in collaboration with PBS Digital Studios. I improved each script’s clarity and ensured it was at the right content level for our audience.