Alex holds an M.S. (’17) in biomedical anthropology from Binghamton University and a BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Clark University (’15). She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in biological anthropology with a focus on human energetics and physiological adaptations. Her research looks at the variation in brown fat activity in adults under different climatic and energetic conditions. Her work seeks to parse out the metabolic cost of brown fat and the effects of physical exercise on its activity. She intends to demonstrate the role of brown fat in seasonal acclimatization and its evolutionary function in human cold-adaptation.