Allegra Mayer ISP Entering Class 2009, WCAS 2013

Allegra is senior majoring in Integrated Science, Environmental Science, and Earth and Planetary Science. Her research in the sedimentary geology lab with Dr. Brad Sageman examines possible drivers of paleoclimate change in the Cretaceous using trends in stable carbon, oxygen, and sulfur isotopes. As a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration intern, Allegra spent one summer researching the decrease in snow cover on Maunakea in Hawaii. While continuing to study biogeochemical cycling as it relates to global climate change, her next goal is to study these effects on shorter timescales in order to directly relate land management practices to large scale nutrient cycling. Allegra, who was recently awarded a Deutsche Akademische Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Study Fellowship, plans to pursue her PhD in biogeochemistry in the next few years.

Out of the lab, Allegra is very interested in immigration policy and human rights, and facilitated a class Alternative Student Breaks group that culminated in a humanitarian aid trip to the Arizona-Mexico border in spring of 2012. Allegra also competes for the varsity women's cross-country team.