I’m Ramin Skibba (@raminskibba on Twitter), an astrophysicist turned science writer and freelance journalist based in San Diego. I write for mostly national outlets, as well as a few San Diego magazines, and a couple based in Canada and the UK. I’m involved with the San Diego Science Writers Association (SANDSWA), and I’m the president in 2018.
Lots of my writing revolves around astronomy, physics and space exploration, and I’ve been writing about many other things too, including environmental, social, and earth sciences as well as intersections between science, politics, and society.
If you’d like to see the articles and stories I’ve been publishing lately, go to the Articles & Writings page and check them out. I’ll be adding some sample pieces on this site as well.
It’s exciting to learn about so much fascinating science people are working on around the world, some of which even affects our daily lives. My work has appeared in many magazines, newspapers, and online news sites, including The Atlantic, Washington Post, National Geographic, Newsweek, Slate, Nature, Wired, Undark, Scientific American, Science, Smithsonian, Aeon, New Scientist, Quanta, FiveThirtyEight, Nautilus, Sky & Telescope, The Hill, San Jose Mercury News, and San Francisco Chronicle.
I launched my fledgling freelance writing career in January 2017, and I’m just getting started! Through the summer and fall of 2016, I had a great time completing a six-month full-time internship with Nature magazine. Before that, I enjoyed the challenging science communication program at the University of California, Santa Cruz. While I was there, I also worked on part-time internships with Stanford news, the Monterey Herald newspaper, and Inside Science News Service.
For fun, I’m into many kinds of music, playing the violin, swing dancing, downhill skiing, reading fiction and nonfiction, traveling, hiking, biking, and drinking tea and beer (though not at the same time).
For those of you wondering about my back story, I used to be an astrophysicist. Up until summer 2015, I worked as a research scientist and lecturer at University of California, San Diego. You can also take a look at my old UCSD website.
Before I moved to San Diego, I worked at the University of Arizona in Tucson and before that I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany (which is where I also picked up the swing dancing). I earned my Ph.D. in Physics & Astronomy at the University of Pittsburgh in 2006, and I earned a B.S. in Physics and B.A. in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. I’m half-Iranian and I grew up in Denver, Colorado (where I learned to ski).
I’m at a time where I’m up for trying new things. If you’ve got a science writing, communication, public speaking, or outreach-related project you’re working on and you think I might be able to help or play a role, let me know—maybe I can.
A famous economist and sociologist once said, “The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point, however, is to change it.” In my own small ways, I will try to do both.
Feel free to contact me via email (raminskibba[at]gmail.com) or telephone (+1-520-306-8158).