I love writing and speaking about science for any audience. My main expertise is exoplanets and space missions, but I've covered topics as diverse as star tables in ancient Egypt to deep-sea drilling for uncovering the cause of Earthquakes!
At JAXA, I write a monthly research blog on our activities and also the English news page for our mission to the moons of Mars.
My articles have been published in magazines and online in locations including Scientific American, Astronomy Magazine, Nautilus, space.com and The Conversation.
More details of my writing and talks can be found here.
I can be found on Google+ and twitter.
Also, we try and keep things cool and professional here but if you're looking for (largely) true stories about life in Japan, you're probably after my personal page, Girl & Kat.
 Feature piece for ROOM: The Space Journal (December), ‘Visiting an asteroid to find out how life began’.
 'Mission Control' for Nature Astronomy (June), 'Bringing home a piece of our past'.
 Feature piece for 'How it Works' magazine (October), 'Searching for another Earth'.
 Feature piece for 'Astronomy Magazine' (April), 'New missions mine asteroid secrets', on the Hayabusa2 and OSIRIS-REx sample retrieval missions to the asteroids.
 Feature piece for 'Scientific American' magazine (October), 'Stars of the dead', written with Sarah Symons on her research on ancient Egyptian star tables.
 2nd prize in the 'Chemistry World' (UK Royal Society of Chemistry's publication) science communication competition: 'Tunnelling through barriers to explain the impossible'. 800 word article published in their magazine that introduced the work of Naoki Watanabe (Hokkaido University) in exploring how molecules form in the frozen depths of star forming clouds. (Brief description of the competition here.)
(NASA NExSS exoplanet site)
'Can you overwater a planet?', 2017
'Japanese space agency’s mission aims to uncover how moons of Mars formed' (republished by 'Cosmos' and 'Huffington Post'), 2017
'It’s our Solar System in miniature, but could TRAPPIST-1 host another Earth?' (republished by 'Huffington Post' and 'World Economic Forum'), 2017
'Newly discovered Churchill essay on aliens is a timely reminder of the dangers facing life on Earth' (republished by the 'Huffington Post' and 'Business Insider'), 2017
'See the cosmos with X-ray vision: Japan’s new Hitomi space telescope' (republished by 'IFLScience'), 2016
'Why it is misleading to compare exoplanet Kepler-452b to Earth' (republished by 'Gizmodo Australia'), 2015
'After Kepler, what is next for the planet hunters?' (republished by 'IFLScience'), 2015
'After Rosetta, Japanese mission aims for an asteroid in search of origins of Earth’s water' (republished by 'IFLScience'), 2014
Scientific American Guest Blog
'The waves no one can find', 2016
'The search for our beginnings', 2015
'Reflections on Rosetta', 2014
'Are the Milky Way's biggest stars made in violent collisions?' (republished by 'The Conversation', 'Real Clear Science' and 'Phys Org'), 2013
space.com: 'If Hitomi is Lost, What Science is Lost With It? (Op-Ed)', 2016
Nautilus: 'Humankind’s Most Ambitious Search for Life’s Beginnings', 2015
Blog post follow-up for 'Chemistry World' on the hows and whys of the piece entered in their science communication competition.
Article for 'The Toast', 'How to build a galaxy and fight an army', 2013
2nd Prize in the Royal Astronomical Society writing competition for graduate students for an article on 'How to Build a Universe', 2004
Article published in the university alumni magazine, 'Durham First', on an anti-malaria drug being developed by researchers at Durham University, UK, 2000.
Winner of the Daily Telegraph Young Science Writers Awards with a piece on light emitting plastics, 1999.