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 pursued informal education at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science as well as giving talks at popular science fiction conventions on the science behind various franchises. The need to pay bills took her to aerospace engineering where she worked for 5 years as a systems engineering technical advisor for the government.

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 six shows in development.

When not reading scripts and providing feedback to writers, Erin can be found writing her own projects, streaming games on her partnered Twitch channel, teaching on YouTube, hanging out with her Patrons, 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


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