Meet Alessandro, PhD student in earth & planetary sciences

"Hey! My name is Alessandro (he/him/his) and I’m a Peruvian-Italian geologist! I recently graduated from Macalester College with a B.A. in Geology and a minor in Geography (emphasis in GIS/Cartography). I will be starting a PhD program in Earth & Planetary Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. I am excited to continue my education and collaborate with diverse, like-minded geologists!

I am currently working on a paper for publication about using strontium isotopes in soil and water to address contemporary urban hydrology issues. Water and soil pollution in urban centers tend to concentrate in poorer, traditionally underrepresented communities. I’m hoping that my research will help these communities by urging cities to examine and better maintain infrastructure and minimize water leakage/pollution. My future research will revolve around paleoclimatology and geochemistry – using geochemical and isotopic proxies to investigate past climates and address current climate issues.

As a Latino in STEM, it has become apparent to me how disproportionately white the geosciences are. I believe that diversifying the geosciences is necessary if we are to address pressing issues like climate change and global warming. The collaboration of diverse students who carry different perspectives and personal experiences will expand the collective knowledge, spark novel ideas, and promote scientific innovation. I want to thank @diversegeologists for featuring these incredible geologists, and for demonstrating that the geosciences are diversifying for the better and minorities should feel welcome to pursue it!"

- Alessandro (@mauceri21)