Melissa L. Sevigny

Science Writer

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My KNAU story about fishing for exotic brown trout in the Colorado River won two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for Excellence in Writing and Sports Reporting.

I’m featured in Carolyn Wilke’s story “Reporting Unsung Histories of Science,” for The Open Notebook

“The Price of Cherries” is listed as a notable essay in this year’s edition of Best American Science & Nature Writing.

Antonia Malchik, author of The Walking Life, plugs Mythical River in this episode of the Mountain & Prairie podcast.

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NASA returns to its old training grounds: The moonlike lava fields of Arizona,” NPR’s Morning Edition, November 10, 2022. 

Drought puts a stop to artificial floods that have helped restore habitat,” NPR’s All Things Considered, October 13, 2022.

Apache tribes in Arizona are leading the way in saving Emory oak trees,” NPR’s Weekend Edition, September 11, 2022. 

Drought is revealing archeological sites that were submerged when Lake Powell filled,” NPR’s All Things Considered, May 30, 2022.

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[Photo credit Northern Arizona Book Festival, 2019]

Thank you to the hosts of past readings & events: The Bluff Creek Arts Festival, Sky Island Alliance, Tucson Festival of Books, AWP 2016, Tohono Chul Park, University of Arizona Special Collections, Barefoot Cowgirl Books/Bright Side Books, Northern Arizona Book Festival, The Learning Curve,  Narrow Chimney Reading Series, Western National Parks Association, KAWC, Iowa State University/Ames Public Library, American Planning Association, Southwest Festival of the Written Word, One Book Yuma (hosted by Arizona Western College and Yuma Public Library), the Gila River Festival, St. Michael’s College (Vermont), the Flandrau Planetarium, the Arizona Author Series (hosted by the State of Arizona Research Library), and Arizona Wellbeing Commons.

I’ve given science communication lectures and workshops at University of Arizona, Northern Arizona University, and the Biennial Conference on the Colorado Plateau. Want to schedule one? Contact me.

1st place award

My article A River’s Return, published in Edible Baja Arizona, wins first place for environmental/science writing from the Arizona Press Club! The article describes how the Colorado River’s experimental pulse flow restored water, and hope, to the Delta. (Photo courtesy of Seth Cothrun, with aerial support from LightHawk).

Advance Praise for Mythical River

Mythical River is an excellent read and an important contribution to the literature of the Southwest, especially that which focuses on water. The book’s scope moves from the micro to the human-scaled to the planetary, but it is all tied together to give a complete picture of the southwestern environment and the vital part water plays within it.”

—Christopher Cokinos, author, Bodies, of the Holocene

Advance Praise for Under Desert Skies

“Through a series of engaging interviews, Melissa Sevigny guides her readers on an amazing journey of solar system exploration in a way that captures the pioneering spirit of the Lunar and Planetary Lab’s researchers. It is a must-read for anybody interested in humanity’s quest to understand our origins and place in the universe.”

—Dante Lauretta, Professor of Planetary Science, University of Arizona

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