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Dr. Alexa J Halford

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Space physics researcher
Annapolis, MD
Alexa Halford is a heliophysics scientist originally from Chippewa Falls WI (go Pack go!). She is a prime example of what happens when you go to college in MN and take up space… You become a space physicist. Because she got her PhD in Oz, you sometimes hear her say x,y, zed instead of x,y, zee. Although she has worked on science questions throughout the solar system, today she sticks a bit closer to home studying the Earth’s magnetic field and the impacts of space weather events.

After receiving a B.A. in Math and Physics from Augsburg College, an M.S. in Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences from University of Colorado Boulder, and a PhD from the University of Newcastle NSW Australia, Alexa worked on BARREL (a stratospheric balloon mission) at Dartmouth College and now continues that work and other heliophysics research at NASA Goddard as a contractor.