I'm an enthusiastic public speaker, ready to speak to your group about the amazing cosmos we all share. I regularly give talks in schools and libraries, as well as to amateur astronomy groups and later-life learners. I've given talks at homeless shelters, seniors' centres, corporate luncheons, LGBTQ+ centres, museums, private schools, and many more. I make astronomy accessible to all ages, from kindergarteners to seniors. I use lots of pictures from the latest telescopes to tell the story of each topic, and I minimize math and graphs (unless you're into that!). Although I call them "talks", I'm delighted for them to be as interactive as possible--if you have students who have lots of questions, I'm happy to answer as many as I can. Most of my talks are formatted for multiple lengths, ranging from 30 to 60 minutes.
Here are some of the talks I would be happy to give to your group:
What is a black hole? Where do they come from? How do we know for sure that they exist? What would it be like to fall into one? This introduction to black holes covers all the essentials. Suitable for grades 6 through adults.
The Search for Another Earth
Are we alone in the universe? The search for answers to this question is a central theme of modern astronomy. In this talk, I show how astronomers using the latest telescopes such as TESS and JWST are getting closer and closer to being able to declare that we've found "another Earth." Suitable for all ages.
Misconceptions About the Big Bang
The Big Bang Theory is backed by a century of evidence. Yet, it's one of the most frequently misunderstood ideas-- even by experts! In this talk, we'll explore what the Big Bang Theory does and doesn't say about tricky topics such as how and where the universe began, what shape it is, what's outside it, and how it will end. Suitable for grade 9 through adults.
The Lives and Deaths of Stars
Did you know that some of the stars you can see in the sky are younger than our species, while others are nearly as old as the universe itself? In this visually rich talk, we'll use images from the latest telescopes to explore the births, lives, and spectacular deaths of stars. Suitable for all ages.