Alexandra Branscombe
Master's Student
Communication

Alexandra 'Ali' Branscombe is a master's student and is eager to improve her knowledge of rhetoric and communication to better support her professional interests, which focus on improving public understanding of scientific research. Before discovering the field of science communication, Ali pursued an undergraduate degree in biology, where she realized her attention span was too short to work in a lab on one research project. Instead, she forged a new path in science writing and communication, a journey where she could always be on the edge of scientific discovery. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in life sciences communication, she went on to work in many scientific fields, including freshwater ecology, nuclear energy research, geoscience, and mathematics. Now she works with atmospheric scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder to communicate their research with the public to better inform policy and decision-making as it relates to weather and climate. Her job has given her a new outlook on clouds.