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

    The long and winding Colorado

    The history of the West’s iconic river is written in the dramatic landscapes it has shaped. How to interpret that chronicle has become a contentious issue among geologists.

  2. Astronomy

    Quiet maximum

    By almost any measure, this solar maximum has been pathetic. No more than 67 sunspots have appeared in a month so far; at the last peak, in 2000, that number was above 120.

  3. Space

    Exploring Earth’s alien spaces

    Nathalie Cabrol, a planetary geologist and astrobiologist at the SETI Institute’s Carl Sagan Center and NASA’s Ames Research Center, both in Mountain View, Calif., hunts for alien life.

  4. Math

    Thinking In Numbers

  5. Cosmology

    Everlasting light

    Remnant glow of ancient stars offers glimpse of universe's past.

  6. Astronomy

    Postcards from Voyager

    Suzanne Dodd is project manager for NASA’s twin Voyager probes.

  7. Planetary Science

    Mystery Meteorite

    The case for (and against) a rock from Mercury.

  8. Earth

    The ice keeper

  9. dynamo experiment

    Spinning the Core

    Laboratory dynamos attempt to generate magnetic fields the way planets and stars do.

  10. Earth

    Geologists develop weapons to combat that sinkhole feeling

  11. Earth

    Quakes in Slo-Mo

    Barely detectable tremors may portend major destruction.

  12. Planetary Science

    When an asteroid heads for Earth, it’s time to reconsider those doomsday plans