Meg teaches astronomy at Smith College, where she’s also taught physics and writing. She’s the academic director for Smith’s Summer Science & Engineering Program (SSEP) for high school girls. In her spare time, of which she has none, she writes. She’s a regular contributor to Muse, a science magazine for kids. She feels perfectly comfortable, if a bit pretentious, referring to herself in the third person.
Meg graduated from Carleton College in 1987 with a degree in physics. Her Master’s is from Iowa State University, 1991, in astrophysics, and her thesis topic was collisional ring galaxies. She also studied astronomy at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst but did not complete her doctorate. At UMass, she studied asymptotic giant branch stars at infrared wavelengths and was a member of the team that developed the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS). She took time off from UMass to teach physics and astronomy at St. Paul’s School, a boarding high school in New Hampshire, for a year and a half. Eventually realizing that she prefers teaching to research, Meg left UMass to become a laboratory instructor at nearby Smith College, where she’s been ever since. She taught an astronomy class at Smith’s Summer Science and Engineering Program for five years before becoming the SSEP’s academic director.
Meg started writing around 2010: during a family vacation, she wrote a picture book about a rabbit who discovers the phases of the moon. In the process of figuring out what to do next, she joined the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). The picture book is still looking for a home, but after attending a few meetings, Meg started writing for kids’ magazines. As of 2017, she’s published 20 articles (a list of them can be found here) on topics ranging from the teen brain to coral reefs and, of course, many astronomical topics. At the 2014 New England SCBWI conference, she was one of the winners of Pitchapalooza for her picture book No Monsters Allowed (which is also looking for a home).
Meg lives in western Massachusetts with a husband and two teenagers who refuse to stop growing and needing to be driven all over creation. She sings, knits, swims, reads a lot of children’s literature, and gives talks about astronomy in the local area.