I’m a science communicator and astrophysicist. I’ve written about next-generation telescopes, drones that fly through volcanic plumes, and fertility-preservation research. My work has appeared in Science, Scientific American, Discover, Eos, Wired, Astronomy, and Sky & Telescope.
I hold a B.S. degree in astrophysics from Yale University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in astronomy from the University of California, Los Angeles. I used data from the Keck Telescopes and the Hubble Space Telescope for my doctoral thesis on galaxy evolution and star formation, and I have presented my research at national and international conferences. My resume is available here.
When I’m not writing, I work as a Program and Exhibit Developer at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. I additionally work as a Space Science Content Expert for the NASA-funded Space and Earth Informal Science Education project, and I’ve narrated several videos about astrophysics for this project. I’ve previously worked with UC Berkeley to develop a free smartphone application about solar physics that’s been downloaded over 300,000 times.
I have taught science communication workshops to academic, non-profit, and corporate audiences, and I regularly present astronomy- and science communication-themed talks. Please contact me if you’re interested in either of these services.
In my free time, I’m passionate about traveling (Cuba and Morocco recently) and cooking. A proper resident of Portland, Oregon, I’m also an avid gardener and bicyclist. And that last name? It’s pronounced “corn-eye.”
Praise from editors:
“We appreciate very much your steady contributions of good, accurate stories…You file your stories when you say you will or often sooner and respond quickly and deftly to edits.” –Peter Weiss, Interim Features and Special Projects Editor, Eos.org
“You’re doing really solid work for us.” –David Grimm, Online News Editor, Science