Alexis Wilson holding flowers in a garden. Photo provided by Alexis Wilson
Alexis Wilson holding flowers in a garden. Photo provided by Alexis Wilson

Alexis Wilson was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. In May 2019, Alexis graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences from Cornell University. She concentrated in biogeochemistry and minored in Climate Change. After successfully completing a senior thesis, she graduated with distinction in research. Alexis is currently a first year Earth System Science PhD student at Stanford University. She is studying the intersection of climate change, soil biogeochemistry, and environmental justice.

Outside of research, Alexis is heavily involved in social justice work. She is committed to mentorship, specifically with young women of color. She is working to make the STEM field more accessible and inclusive of underrepresented groups. Her passion also lies in understanding and combating environmental racism and climate injustices on local and global scales. Through her work she hopes to create a more just, sustainable, and equitable world.

Alexis loves to travel, binge watch TV-shows, paint, dance, read, play sports, and go shopping. She loves dogs, especially ones that stay puppy-sized forever. She also enjoys going out and spending time with friends but is equally as happy spending quality time alone.

1 Are you an early bird or night owl?

Night Owl

2 Are you pro- or anti-pun?


3 Do you have any pets?

I wish!

4 Do you have any science-themed home decor?

Not yet

5 Do you prefer cooking or baking?


6 Do you prefer sweet or savory?


7 Do you speak any other languages?

French but I’m not fluent yet

8 If you could switch professions, what would you do?

A tie between a dancer/choreographer and a fashion designer

9 If you could switch science fields, what field would you want to work in?

Wildlife conservation

10 If you got a plane ticket right now, where would it go?

The Maldives

11 If you had one superpower, what would it be?


12 Is there anything you strongly recommend we watch and/or read and/or listen to?

Shows: Criminal Minds and Grey’s Anatomy
Documentaries: Chasing Coral and Before the Flood

13 It’s your day off. What do you want to do?

Sleep in really late. Brunch with mimosas. Spend the day at a museum. Binge-watch tv shows and movies over dinner and a glass of wine.

14 What are three things you can’t live without?

Wifi, Books, My Glasses

15 What beverage gives you life?


16 What book did you read in school that positively shaped you?

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

17 What did you want to be when you grew up?

A forensic scientist/author/fashio designer/dancer and choreographer/professional soccer player

18 What drives you and keeps you going?

Knowing that my work can have a positive impact on the world and marginalized communities in particular

19 What got you excited in science?

Having a question and being able to test it through cool experiments

20 What excites you about science now?

The endless possibilities of what I could study (this also scares me)

21 What is a guilty pleasure of yours?

Sleeping in till 2pm (i don’t feel that guilty about this)

22 What is a secret talent of yours?


23 What is your favorite game?


24 What is the last book you read?

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

25 What is one of the best pieces of advice you’ve received?

Find and always remember the “why” of what you’re doing or whatever goal you’re trying to achieve to keep you going during hard times

26 What is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve been too scared to do?

A hot air balloon

27 What is the best advice for your 18 year old self?

Don’t be afraid to apply for opportunities you don’t think you’re going to get

28 What is the best way to de-stress?

Anything that brings you joy!(sleeping, reading, eating, face-masks, etc)

29 What is the last thing you watched?

Angel Has Fallen

30 What is the weirdest thing you’ve had in your bag?

I don’t keep weird things in my bag

31 What is your favorite animal?

Green Sea Turtle

32 What is your favorite book?

Impossible to answer this. My favorite genre is young adult fantasy

33 What is your favorite comfort food?

Chicken (wings, tenders, nuggets, baked, roasted, it doesn’t matter)

34 What is your favorite day of the year?

My birthday

35 What is your favorite plant?


36 What is your favorite science fact?

The sheer size of the universe

37 What is your favorite season?


38 What is your favorite smell?


39 What is your favorite sound?

Gentle waves (in person not recorded)

40 What is your favorite thing about yourself?

My ambition and personality

41 What is your favorite word (in any language)?

Misanthrope(english) and Déjà vu(french)

42 What is your proudest moment?

Graduating from Cornell and getting into Stanford for my PhD

43 What kind of tree would you be?

Japanese Cherry Blossom Tree

44 What’s the best thing about where you live?

The warm weather and constant sun

45 Tell us something we probably don’t know.

Chicago was founded by a Black man, Jean Baptiste Point du Sable

46 Who would you like to see 46 Questions interview next?

Mekedelawit Setegne (@MekedelawitTS)