Alexandra is an aspiring marine biologist. Despite growing up in Colorado she has been fascinated with the mystery and beauty of the life in the ocean since she was a child. Alexandra has developed a passion for protecting marine life and strives to educate her landlocked community about the land-to-sea connection and to the importance of reducing single-use plastic consumption.
Alexandra is a senior at Kent Denver School where she helped launch to the no2plastic School Challenge. She also started a Teens4Oceans chapter at her middle school and founded REEFS (Research Experience and Education for Students) at her high school to inspire a passion in students for studying and protecting the sea.
Alexandra is currently researching the bleaching of Euphyllia divisa (Frogspawn Coral) and microplastic pollution in the South Platte River to better understand how people are affecting the ocean.
As an intern with the Inland Ocean Coalition, she works to support marine conservation through policy, education, and outreach. “In our busy lives, we only consider what is right in front of us and we easily forget to think about what is out of sight: the ocean. Learning about our impact on the sea is critical to being able to protect it,” she says. In the spring of 2018, Alexandra volunteered with the Maldives Whale Shark Research Program and was then selected to be part of their research team on their most recent open water expedition in the fall of 2019. She and the rest of the team studied the movement of whale sharks during the switch from the monsoon season to the dry season by identifying individuals that were spotted and by conducting many plankton tows. Next year, she will study organismal biology and ecology at Colorado College.
By changing our habits we are taking responsibility for human health and the health of our planet.