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Erin Macdonald (PhD, Astrophysics) hails from Fort Collins, CO and did her undergraduate degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she dual-majored in Physics with Astrophysics (cum laude) and Mathematics.


She earned her Ph.D. at 25 years old from the University of Glasgow in Gravitational Astrophysics. Her post-doctoral research with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) Scientific Collaboration on gravitational waves from dead and colliding stars and black holes contributed to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics (though she left the collaboration before their discovery).


She has taught at the college level, worked with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and written and narrated numerous popular science podcasts including an Audible Original series produced by The Great Courses on “The Science of Sci-Fi” which reached the March 2020 Audible Non-Fiction Top 10 bestseller list and in October 2022 she published "Star Trek: My First Book of Space", a baby board book.

Since 2019, "Dr Erin" has been the science advisor for the entire Star Trek franchise. She is an internationally sought-after public speaker, educator, STEAM advocate, writer, and technical consultant who explains complex physics and astronomy ideas to varied audiences.


She is also the founder and owner of Spacetime Productions, a film company dedicated to lifting and sharing marginalized talent and stories. Their first short film, Every Morning completed in August 2022 and is currently out to festivals.



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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