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I’m a scientist/cat-lady in Los Alamos, New Mexico, where I work as a postdoc at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

I went to graduate school at the University of Illinois, and college at the University of North Carolina.

In the rest of my life, I like Americana music, cooking, poetry, science fiction, and planning for the apocalypse.

I grew up in an Air Force family and lived in Japan, New Mexico, Alabama, Germany, Virginia, Rhode Island, Washington DC, Mississippi, and North Carolina before graduating from high school.


Astrid (back) and Niels (front).


You can follow me on Twitter at @rebeccaholmes.

I have some projects on GitHub as piscisvolans.

Here is my current CV/resume.


As a grad student I helped answer science questions on the Physics Illinois Ask the Van Q&A website.

Most recent Ask the Van answer:

11/11/16: Why do metals feel hot or cold to the touch?

Complete list of answers »