astro will

short for astronomy william o balmer ;~)


William is a PhD student, author, and science journalist. They are currently the Maryland Space Grant Consortium Observatory Fellow. They attend the Johns Hopkins University (Piscataway land), studying in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. They conduct research at the Space Telescope Science Institute and with collaborators across the globe in order to understand the growth, evolution, and composition of giant planets, brown dwarfs, and very low mass stars. They graduated from Amherst College (Nonotuck land) in May 2021 with a Bachelors of Arts in Astronomy and Physics, receiving a departmental recommendation for summa cum laude honors based on their thesis research. You can find their academic site online at

They write for Astrobites, the astro-ph reader’s digest. They also freelance as a science journalist – they maintain a list of articles on their academic webpage, but a portfolio can be supplied to interested editors upon request. They were previously the Astronomy Editor for the Amherst STEM Network magazine.

Outside their career, they create small self-published text-based games and write fiction. They co-directed a theatre production of LOL: A Modern Computer Farce at the Shoebox Theater in their hometown Portland, OR (Multnomah/Clackamas land) where they worked for a garden and landscaping company before attending college. They enjoy astrophotography, when they have access to a telescope they can hijack.

Last updated: June 5th, 2022

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