Alexandra Witze

Contributing Correspondent

Alexandra Witze is a contributing correspondent based in Boulder, Colorado. Among other exotic locales, her reporting has taken her to Maya ruins in the jungles of Guatemala, among rotting corpses at the University of Tennessee's legendary "Body Farm," and to a floating sea-ice camp at the North Pole. She has a bachelor's degree in geology from MIT and a graduate certification in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Among her honors are the Science-in-Society award from the National Association of Science Writers (shared with Tom Siegfried), and the American Geophysical Union's award for feature journalism. She coauthored the book Island on Fire, about the 18th-century eruption of the Icelandic volcano Laki.

All Stories by Alexandra Witze

  1. Earth

    Hurricane forecasts can be made years in advance

    Climate modelers say they can push Atlantic predictions beyond a single season.

  2. 75 years of entanglement

    Though it has been confirmed numerous times since 1935, entanglement is as spooky as ever.

  3. Earth

    Fossil fangs not so fierce

    Cambrian predator might have eaten soft food.

  4. Planetary Science

    New rock type found on moon

    Odd spots on the lunar farside could be ancient material that originated deep inside the moon.

  5. Earth

    Arctic lake yields climate record

    A Siberian drilling project goes to great lengths to capture an ancient climate record in a 3.6 million-year-old crater.

  6. Life

    Supersizing pumpkins

    Engineers gain insight into the extreme growth of gargantuan gourds.

  7. Paleontology

    India yields fossil trove in amber

    Insect remains suggest the continent hosted a surprisingly wide variety of creatures 50 million years ago.

  8. Planetary Science

    Venus, erupting?

    Lava flow suggests recent volcanism on Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor.

  9. Animals

    Doing the wet-dog wiggle

    Hairy animals have evolved to shed water quickly by shaking at the optimal speed for their size.

  10. Earth

    ‘Fossil’ mountains entombed by ice

    Cold temperatures have kept a buried Antarctic range fresh for hundreds of millions of years.

  11. Guts of a twister

    Tornado-chasing scientists capture a supercell storm in all its glory.

  12. Earth

    Oceanographers with flippers

    Tracking seal dives off Antarctica reveals seafloor troughs that affect ocean circulation.