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Alba Covelo Paz

Junior Scientific Editor

About Alba

"Alba" is the Spanish word for dawn, but she has always been fond of dusk and the starry nights. As a matter of fate, Alba pursued a degree in astrophysics and is currently doing her PhD at the Cosmic Dawn group in the Observatory of Geneva. She studies very distant galaxies and is trying to understand how the first galaxies formed at the beginning of the universe. With a strong passion for education and science communication, she loves bringing science to the general public.

Alba is the editor of 1 Break:

Vikings and Migrants: Unravelling Scandinavia's Genetic Mosaic in the Viking Era

We analysed ancient Scandinavian genomes over 2,000 years, revealing Viking-era influx from southern Europe, British-Irish Isles, and the east Baltic. Genetic diversity increased during that time, but later Scandinavians have less non-local ancestry. Uralic ancestry found 1,000 years ago still impacts northern Scandinavians.

Nov 13, 2023 | 3 min read