Our Team

ScienceAlert has a team of 11 experienced science journalists and editors.

fiona macdonald

Fiona MacDonald (CEO) is an award-winning science reporter. She's been a journalist and editor with ScienceAlert since it launched and became CEO in 2017. Fiona has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in zoology and has written for publications including Australian Geographic, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, and Popular Science. @fionajmacdonald

chris cassella

Chris Cassella (Founder & COO/CFO) is an ex-Microsoft programmer and failed neuroscientist turned science communicator who is a strong proponent of inspiring and engaging young people with science. He founded ScienceAlert Pty Ltd in 2007. @darwinsguppie

signe dean

Signe Dean (Managing Editor) is a science and health journalist with a passion for fact-checking and critical thinking. Upholding stringent editorial standards, she shapes ScienceAlert's daily coverage for millions of readers across the globe. Her work has appeared in Australian Geographic, National Geographic, Science Illustrated, and elsewhere. Previously she was the launch editor of SBS Science. @nevertoocurious

peter dockrill

Peter Dockrill (Deputy Editor) is an award-winning science and technology journalist, formerly with APC, TechLife, and PC User. He's been a columnist for Money magazine for 10 years and joined ScienceAlert in 2015.

noel kirkpatrick

Noel Kirkpatrick (Weekend Editor) is an editor and writer with more than 10 years of experience in digital publishing. He's written about the environment, space, US politics, and cute cat videos for Mother Nature Network (now Treehugger) and about too many television programs to count for TV.com and TVGuide.com. He would very much like to meet a penguin. @noelrk

michelle starr

Michelle Starr (Senior Journalist) is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years of experience in the science and technology sectors. Currently, she is a Senior Journalist for ScienceAlert, where she loves exploring the vast cosmos through the spaceship of scientific curiosity. She is also a firm believer that ravens will one day rule the world. @riding_red

jacinta bowler

Jacinta Bowler (Journalist and Community Manager) is a science journalist focusing on online media, fact-checking, and podcasting. They have a background in genetics and have been published with the ABC, SBS Science, and Brisbane Times. @jacinta_bowler

mike mcrae

Mike McRae (Journalist) has been reporting on science and developing educational resources for over a decade. He's written and illustrated for the CSIRO's Double Helix and ECOS publications, the ABC, The Guardian, Fairfax, and authored Tribal Science: Brains, Beliefs, and Bad Ideas, and Unwell: What makes a disease a disease? @tribalscientist

carly cassella

Carly Cassella (Journalist) is a science journalist with a background in neuroscience and a passion for fact-based storytelling. Her work has been published in Australian Geographic, The Huffington Post and Farrago magazine. @carlycassella

tessa koumoundouros

Tessa Koumoundouros (Editorial Assistant and Journalist) is a science journalist with a Masters in Science Communication and a background in zoology and genetics. Tessa's contributed behind the scenes at The Conversation and the Climate Council and has been published by Lateral Magazine. @tesskou

david nield

David Nield (Contributing Journalist) is a freelance journalist who has been reporting on science and technology for more than 10 years. His work can be seen on The Guardian, Gizmodo, TechRadar, Digital Trends and numerous other places. @davidnield