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

    Quakes in Slo-Mo

    Barely detectable tremors may portend major destruction.

  2. Planetary Science

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

  3. Earth

    Italian earthquake verdict exposes rifts between science and society

  4. Space

    Planets and their sun grow together

    Radio telescopes reveal how nascent bodies funnel gas to their parent star.

  5. Earth

    Antarctic subglacial drilling effort suspended

    A British-led team has called off this season’s campaign to penetrate Lake Ellsworth.

  6. Genetics

    Contest brings out the biohackers

    Mix one part enthusiasm, two parts engineering and three parts biology — and you’ve got a recipe for do-it-yourself genetic engineering. Every November, college kids from Michigan to Munich descend on MIT, eager to show off their biohacking skills. In the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition, teams battle one another to build the coolest synthetically altered organisms. If you want to create a microbe that will sniff out and destroy contaminants in mining waste ponds, or a cell that will produce drugs right in your body, iGEM is for you.

  7. Genetics

    Factory of Life

  8. Earth

    West Antarctica warming fast

    A reconstructed temperature record from a high-altitude station shows an unexpectedly rapid rise since 1958.

  9. Space

    California meteorite a scientific gold mine

    Sutter’s Mill rock preserves rare, fresh material from outer space.

  10. Space

    News in brief: Possible planet looks habitable

    Astronomers find a body in the habitable zone of a nearby sunlike star by pushing the limits of detection.

  11. Space

    Moon probes set for smashing end

    NASA to guide gravity-seeking spacecraft into the side of a lunar cliff.

  12. Quantum hops

    A little closer to teleportation and new computers.