I write for the Planetary Society, SRI’s blog, the West Marin Citizen, and The Pilot as both a freelance writer and photographer, and contributed to TechHive (formerly PCWorld).  I enjoy finding a topic, researching it, and rapidly producing a piece that’s accessible and appealing to as many people as possible.

Here are links to some of my favorite articles and press coverage of my work:




Some of my Pilot articles are reproduced on this blog, including an account of sailing to Marshall Beach for a campout and a logbook entry about navigating 50′ channels in 18′ boats.

Scientific Writing

In May of 2011 I completed my master’s thesis in MIT’s Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences Department on magma ocean solidification and rare earth element concentrations through Earth’s mantle, Terrestrial Magma Ocean Solidification and Formation of a Candidate D” Prime Layer.  My scientific writing on X-shaped extragalactic radio sources was published in the Department of Energy’s Journal of Undergraduate Education.  I also contributed to a white paper on Trojan asteroids of Jupiter for the 2013-2022 Planetary Decadal Survey.

  • Azenkot, S., Golfinopoulous, T., Marcus, A., Springmann, A., Varsanik, J. S. Overcoming barriers among Israeli and Palestinian students via computer science. Proceedings of the 42nd ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE ’11).
  • Rivkin, A. S., Emery, J., Barucci, A., Bell, J. F., Bottke, W. F., Dotto, E., Gold, R., Lisse, C., Licandro, J., Prockter, L., Hibbits, C., Paul, M., Springmann, A., Yang, B. The Trojan Asteroids: Keys to Many Locks. Planetary Decadal Survey White Paper, 2009
  • Springmann, A., Cheung, C.C. Host Galaxies of X-Shaped Radio Sources. Department of Energy Journal of Undergraduate Research, pp. 97-102, 2007

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