Alison earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and master’s degree in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science from MIT. During this time, she completed several years of research in the field of planetary science, working on research topics that ranged from comets and asteroids to the atmosphere of Pluto. After earning her Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Florida for work surveying active galactic nuclei in massive galaxy clusters, Alison decided to pursue a career in professional writing as a web content writer for Student Experts, Inc. Many of her evenings were also spent as a star tour guide for visitors at Spencer’s Observatory, a small privately-owned observatory in Tucson, AZ.
When she’s not working, Alison is likely running, sewing, writing, or reading comic books. She also enjoys traveling, history, science fiction, and everything Disney. Alison currently lives near downtown Waukesha with her two cats, several sewing machines, and a very large number of books.