Dr. Erin Macdonald

Dr. Erin Macdonald returns to Starbase Indy!

Astrophysicist, Sci-fi geek and host of Dr. Erin Explains the Universe, Dr. Erin Macdonald has geek cred and the brains to back it up. She’s made her career out of assisting others with explaining complex physics and astronomy ideas to varied audiences -- including audiences at Starbase Indy. Her Astrophysics 101 presentation was the most popular of 2018 and her Dinner with the Stars table was filled with lively, scientific conversation.

A graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and the University of Glasgow, Erin studied Physics, Astrophysics, Mathematics with her PhD in Gravitational Astrophysics specifically. While in Glasgow, she did research with a group of scientists studying the gravitational waves from dead and colliding stars and black holes which resulted in the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.

Since leaving research in 2014, she has become an educator and consultant for various science fiction television shows and authors. Given her background, her specialty focuses on the use of general relativity in science fiction through faster-than-light travel, artificial gravity, alternate universes and more.

We are very excited to have her return to present to us at Starbase Indy!