Melissa Sevigny

Science & Technology Reporter

Melissa grew up in Tucson, Arizona, where she fell in love with the ecology and geology of the Sonoran desert. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona and an M.FA. in Creative Writing and Environment from Iowa State University. Her first book, Mythical River, forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press, is about water issues in the Southwest. She has worked as a science communicator for NASA’s Phoenix Mars Scout Mission, the Water Resources Research Center, and the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Melissa relocated to Flagstaff in 2015 to join KNAU’s team. She enjoys hiking, fishing and reading fantasy novels.

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Stock photo / Arizona Department of Health Services

February is usually the peak of influenza season in Arizona, but this year, flu cases have nearly vanished. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

SELF Magazine

A recent survey shows three-quarters of Indigenous people in the U.S. are willing to consider getting a COVID-19 vaccine. That’s a higher acceptance rate than the general U.S. population, even though many Native people still feel concerns about safety and mistrust due to historical traumas. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke about the findings with Abigail Echo-Hawk, director of the Urban Indian Health Institute, which conducted the survey.

United Arab Emirates Space Agency

The first-ever Mars mission from the United Arab Emirates will arrive at the Red Planet tomorrow. It’s an orbiter that will map the Martian atmosphere and track its weather patterns, with the help of an instrument built by an Arizona team. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with one of the team members, Christopher Edwards of Northern Arizona University, about what happens next.  

Randall Babb / Arizona Game and Fish Department

Endangered fish in the Colorado River face multiple threats. Their survival is linked to the river’s temperature, which is altered both by climate change and by dams. A new study from the U.S. Geological Survey modeled those temperature changes and imagined a future in which water storage is either mostly in Lake Powell or mostly in Lake Mead. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny spoke with lead author Kimberly Dibble about what those different scenarios mean for native fish.

Ben Kligman, Petrified National Forest

We usually imagine the Triassic as a primeval time of dinosaurs and other giants. But that’s because the bones they left behind are big and easy to find. Not much is known about smaller creatures that roamed what is now the Colorado Plateau, back when it was a tropical forest more than 200 million years ago.