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Alexandra Weill

2018 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow

University of California, Davis, Ecology
Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation
Fellowship Site: KQED

Six years ago, I moved to Northern California to study fire, and I’ve been exploring California ecosystems ever since. My dissertation research has been about wildfire in California shrublands, and I try to figure out how plants, people, and other living things survive and thrive in flammable places. Along the way, I’ve spent a lot of time talking with kids, college students, and adults about plants, fire, the scientific process, and exploring our home environments, through school-based outreach, camps, citizen science, and conversations with people I meet while working in nature. I also write about wildfire and related topics on my blog, I’m thrilled to join KQED this summer and bring science stories to my community here in Northern California and beyond.

Fellowship publications at KQED

7/03/2018         The Giants of California: How Redwoods and Whales Got So Big

7/10/2018         To Fight Climate Change, Grasslands May Be Safer Bet Than Forests

7/11/2018         Should All Ph.D.'s Be Called 'Doctor'? Female Academics Say Yes

7/24/2018         One Way to Save Birds: Pay Farmers to Flood Their Land

7/27/2018         California Wildfires Are Breaking the Rules By Burning Fast Downhill

7/30/2018         Redding's 'Firenado' Was Not Your Garden Variety Fire Whirl

8/13/2018         Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke Says California Fires ‘Have Nothing to Do With Climate Change.’ He's Wrong

8/16/2018         Trump Administration Says Forest Management, Not Climate Change, Is Main Concern - Radio