alexandra valencia villa

Alexandra Valencia Villa

Graduate Student

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Bio

Alex is a 3rd year graduate student in the department of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin- Madison. She graduated from UCLA with her B.S. in Geology in 2018, and worked in Dr. Tripati’s lab during her undergraduate studies. She worked on multiple projects and lead a team of other undergraduates to investigate the carbon cycle in the North Pacific in order to understand how it responds to changing climate and ocean stratification. Her experiences in the Tripati Lab led her to continue her research experience at the University of Cambridge, where she studied samples from interstitial waters for trace metals and boron. Most recently she attained her MS on a project using clumped isotope paleothermometry and planktic foraminifera to reconstruct the Last Glacial Maximum to present in the Cariaco Basin. In her free time, she invests her energy in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in her department and in collaboration with peers at various institutions. Alex enjoys finding new recipes to cook and playing with her dog Miel. She aspires to be a professor or project scientist and will continue to be involved in opportunities that diversify science and support minorities in STEM.