Dr. Abigail (Abbie) Stevens is an NSF-funded postdoctoral fellow based in Michigan. She researches black holes and neutron stars and the extreme space environments around them, and teaches astronomy and science literacy. Dr. Stevens is on the Steering Committee for STROBE-X (a proposed NASA X-ray satellite mission), a NICER affiliated scientist (a NASA X-ray telescope on the International Space Station), and co-developer for Stingray software. She is also involved in the Python in astronomy and open-source science communities. Before moving to Michigan, Dr. Stevens did her PhD at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, her MSc at the University of Alberta in Canada, and her BA at Bard College in upstate New York.

One of Abbie’s favorite aspects of being a scientist is speaking with schools and the general public about astronomy, physics, and space science. She also loves incorporating scientific concepts in art and storytelling via hands-on workshops, performances and presentations, and advising on creative projects. Please get in touch if you’re interested in public outreach or science consulting.

Abbie is also a fierce advocate for mental health and wellbeing in academia, and has led multiple seminars and discussions with fellow academics.

Latest Blog Posts

  • Advice on graduate school and postdoc applications
    I was invited to speak at La Escuela Latinoamericana de Relatividad y Astrofísica (ELRA) 2021 today and give some advice for applying for graduate school and postdocs in astronomy and astrophysics. I pre-recorded the talks, which you can watch below! This advice is based on my own experience in the US, Canadian, and Dutch education …

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  • Neutron star mini-lecture for supernovaember
    Curious about ‘zombie star’ neutron stars and excited for supernovaember? Take a look at the mini-lecture video I made for my Integrative Studies in Physics class! Full transcript below. Transcript: Hello everyone, in this mini-lecture we’re going to talk about neutron stars. Neutron stars are the dead remnants left over from the supernovae of stars …

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  • The light at the end of the teaching tunnel
    I’m over halfway through my first semester of teaching! I’d been a teaching assistant and ran laboratory physics sections and an observational astronomy practical lab, but never before had I been an instructor-of-record. The [Adjunct] Prof. We’ve gotten through the awkward start and the growing pains, and settled into a nice rhythm for the synchronous …

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  • I’m on TikTok!
    I (finally) started a TikTok for you to get more sweet, sweet science content in the form of 15-60 second clips. As if there aren’t enough friendly white ladies with fun outfits in the public science sphere already 🙈 (Header image credit: ICRAR/UvAmsterdam)