Dr Erin Macdonald hails from Fort Collins, CO and did her undergraduate degrees in Physics with Astrophysics and Mathematics at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She received her PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, doing research into gravitational waves as a member of the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.


After leaving research in 2014, she continued to teach at local community colleges and pursued informal education at museums and popular science fiction conventions.

Life took her to Los Angeles where she began speaking at official Star Trek events and working as a science consultant for the entertainment industry. In 2019 she was hired as the official science consultant for the ever-expanding Star Trek Universe and is currently working on all shows in development.

She discovered a skill and passion for writing as well as consulting and currently has multiple projects in development. In 2019 she wrote and narrated an Audible Original series produced by The Great Courses on "The Science of Sci-Fi" which reached the Audible Non-Fiction Top 10 bestseller list in March 2020.

When not writing and consulting, Erin can be found streaming games on her partnered Twitch channel, teaching on YouTube, or relaxing in front of the television with a gin rickey or single malt whisky.



PhD, Astrophysics
University of Glasgow, Scotland

B.A. cum laude Physics with Astrophysics
B.A. Mathematics
​University of Colorado at Boulder