ASU-NASA Space Grant, Undergraduate, School of Earth and Space Exploration
Research Interests: Astrobiology, Space Exploration, Biosignatures (especially Europa), Evolution of Life, Origin of Life, Genetics, Planetary Science
Education: A.S.'s in Science, Art, General Education, and Art Education from Mesa Community College, B.S. in Astrobiology with minors in Political Science and Biology from Arizona State University; ASU NASA Space Grant with Dr. Damien Finn (Fall 2017 - Spring 2018); ASU NASA Space Grant with Dr. Hilairy Hartnett (Summer 2018)
Current Research: My current research uses network theory to analyze chemical reaction networks of planetary atmospheres. The goal is to understand the role biology plays in these networks, in order to potentially infer the presence of life via topological features on other worlds such as Enceladus and Europa.
Personal: My name is Alexa and upon graduating with my BS I plan to go to graduate school so that I may eventually work for NASA. I very much want to help play a part in the search for life in the universe, though Europa especially is an area of research that I have dreamt of being involved with since I first heard of the little moon. Science is not my only career interest, however, as I am also very passionate about politics. I firmly believe that the world would be a much better place if we had more scientifically inclined individuals in positions of political power. To accomplish this, I intend to heavily involve myself in the legislative processes that govern our country and inspire others to do the same.
When I'm not happily buried under a mountain of work, I like to engage in a plethora of hobbies that are as widely varied as my research interests. Some of these are: playing with my cats, reading, writing, solving puzzles, gaming, sword play, singing, painting, hanging with friends, playing board games, dancing, going to art museums, attending conventions (in cosplay too!), camping, studying military history, watching my favorite movies, and adding to my ever growing collection of statues, action figures, comics, books, posters, etc. Music and art are also topics I am especially enthusiastic about, as they are both central to my way of life and the way many cultures on our planet connect.