JD Voyek likes talking about science – often that talking is actually writing, but no matter the format, if she can use her STEM background to talk about science as represented in pop culture, she’s going to do it whether you like it or not.

JD has a BS in Astrophysics (Caltech) and MSc in Science Communication (Uni. of Edinburgh), and previously spent time science-ing (NASA’s JPL and the AAO) and teaching math/science. Now, she’s in debt to the US government and freelancing while working on her PhD in SciComm at the University of Otago.

Said freelancing currently includes scriptwriting for SciShow/SciShow Space, recording podcast segments, and serving as Science Advisor for the CW’s upcoming show Pandora. She most recently appeared at New Zealand’s national speculative fiction convention and spoke on panels discussing Science in Sci-Fi/Fantasy and the MCU.

Third author on a paper in the Astrophysical Journal, entitled Mid-infrared imaging of the bipolar planetary nebula M2-9 from SOFIA, JD has an Erdős number of 4, putting her on par with Carl Sagan and Danica McKeller (and beating Natalie Portman by 1).

JD took a cooking class during undergrad and won “best dessert” with a dish she had never made before. There was no prize.

JD Voyek hates talking about herself in the third person.