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

    Poles apart, the Arctic and Antarctic exhibit very different records for sea ice

  2. Earth

    How the Frankenstorm came to life

    Hurricane Sandy’s humble birth and growth into a monster storm hold lessons for forecasters.

  3. Earth

    Low central pressure among Hurricane Sandy’s unusual features

    After slamming the Caribbean, storm approaches landfall in mid-Atlantic states.

  4. Earth

    Spanish quake linked to groundwater pumping

    Draining aquifers likely triggered 2011 tremor that killed nine people.

  5. Earth

    Years after big quake, Turkish fault still slip-sliding

    Creeping movement underscores the seismic danger threatening Istanbul.

  6. Physics

    Supersolidity loses its luster

    Bizarre quantum state may not exist after all, new experiments suggest.

  7. Chemistry

    Depths hold clues to dearth of xenon in air

    The gas doesn’t dissolve well in minerals deep inside Earth, a discovery that may explain why it’s also scarce in the atmosphere.

  8. Physics

    2012 physics Nobel recognizes experiments probing quantum world

    Serge Haroche and David Wineland win for investigating single particles of light and matter.

  9. Chemistry

    Chemical bond shields extreme microbes from poison

    Molecular structure explains how ‘arsenic life’ bacteria instead survive by fishing out phosphate from their surroundings.

  10. Earth

    Bad days for dinosaurs began long before the last of them died

  11. Earth

    Intraplate quakes signal tectonic breakup

    The unusual April temblors are the latest in a massive energy release that is cleaving the Indo-Australian crustal plate in two.

  12. Oceans

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