11 February 2021

Moiya McTier

Moiya McTier

"I used to laugh at the idea that the study of folklore is scientific, but now I know that science is more about process than content."

Position/Title: Astrophysicist, Folklorist, Science Communicator

Affiliation: Columbia University

AAS Positions:

  • Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy (CSMA) member, 2018–2021

Areas of Scientific Interest: My thesis topic is galactic habitability from a dynamics perspective. I'm trying to see how the motion of the Milky Way affects exoplanet populations.


  • AAS Chambliss Astronomy Achievement Student Award, 2016
  • National Astronomy Consortium Fellow, 2017–2018
  • Astronomy in Chile Education Ambassador, 2018
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, 2018–2021