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. Materials Science

    Physicists observe quantum properties in the world of objects

    A demonstration marries the world of the very small with the everyday, opening new realms for quantum computing and other applications.

  2. Chemistry

    Methane-making microbes thrive under the ice

    Antarctica’s ice sheets could hide vast quantities of the greenhouse gas, churned out by a buried ecosystem.

  3. Physics

    Supertwisty light proposed

    Researchers suggest a never-before-imagined property of electromagnetic fields that could one day yield new types of sensors.

  4. Climate

    Ancient Norse colonies hit bad climate times

    Temperatures in Iceland plummeted soon after settlers arrived, a new chemical analysis suggests.

  5. Science & Society

    Placement of marine reserves is key

    A study finds that focusing on the heaviest-fished areas can help meet conservation goals.