Alexandra (Alex) R. Edwards is a Ph.D. student in Geology at UGA studying geoarchaeology relating to metallurgic practices. Her areas of expertise include archaeometry, Geospatial Information Systems (GIS), as well as isotopic and elemental analysis using multi-collector ICP-MS and XRF systems. Her research utilizes various isotopic and elemental analyses to show geologic provenience for artifacts relating to Spanish colonial missions. Over the course of her academic career she has completed both archaeological and geological field work in the Northwest. She received her undergraduate degree in Geoscience with minors in Archaeology and GIS at Boise State University in Idaho. As an undergraduate she worked in the Isotope Geology Lab at Boise State University doing cathodoluminescence imaging and laser ablation on zircon crystals. Alex worked in the Plasma Chemistry Laboratory at CAIS doing both sample preparation in many different fields of research (ie protein analysis, sediments, and bone digestions) and running elemental analyses using ICP-MS and ICP-OES instruments.
Alex enjoys road tripping and hiking whenever she can – before the age of 20, she had traveled to all 50 states!