Central fissure of Lake Volcano in Iceland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Central fissure of Laki Volcano in Iceland. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

On March 31, 2014, Nature correspondent and author Alexandra Witze ’92 joined the MIT Alumni Association for a Twitter chat. After earning a degree in earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences from MIT, Witze decided to pursue a career in science writing. She recently published a book entitled Island on Fire, about the 1783 eruption of the Icelandic volcano, Laki.

During the hour-long chat, Witze offered advice to budding science journalists, shared her thoughts on Twitter as a journalism tool, and talked volcanoes. Following are a few highlights: (read the entire recap here)

Read the full recap on Storify.

Witze spoke with Spectrum earlier this year about her path from the lab bench to the news desk.