I'm a freelance writer specialising in astronomy and space technology. I also write about more general scientific topics such as physics, chemistry, medicine and the history of science. Varied formats are good for me - I like taking on everything from hard news to in-depth features, personality profiles and blogs as well as setting questions for online quizzes.
After studying astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, I worked in book publishing before joining the staff of New Scientist, where I had several roles including deputy news editor and senior news/features writer. Since 2008, I've worked freelance for a wide range of publications including BBC Sky at Night,
Writing about science has taken me to some weird and wonderful places: world-leading observatories atop Mauna Kea in Hawaii, a disused mine full of bats in Minnesota, the Pope's summer residence near Rome, and Star City, the Russian cosmonaut training centre near Moscow. I love visiting exotic locations, interviewing people with the strangest of jobs and digging deep into cutting-edge science and its implications. I also enjoy quirky subjects that hover on the boundary between fact and speculation; I've covered ball lightning, the possible scientific reasons for 'hauntings' and claims that life on Earth evolved from alien microbes.
My articles have won awards from the American Institute of Physics and the Acoustical Society of America.