Fellowship location:National Geographic
Current Affiliation:Writer, National Geographic
Alejandra was with NatGeo and specifically worked on stories for the website. Her goal was to learn as much as she can from the photo, video, and digital graphics teams. She is a Ford Foundation Fellow and a graduate student at Columbia University, where she studies how dust particles–just like the ones that float around in the air and collect on your windowsill–affected climate thousands of years ago. Most of her samples come from Antarctic ice cores, so she spent many hours in a giant freezer over the course of her PhD, carefully cleaning chunks of 50,000 year-old ice.