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.

Melissa Sevigny

The Grand Canyon’s North Rim is overrun with bison. They trample wetlands and lake shores and devour the grass. That’s changing the ecosystem, a situation that’s been building for more than a decade… Now the National Park Service intends to do something about it. KNAU's Melissa Sevigny reports.

NASA/Flickr

The Perseid meteor shower peaks this weekend, but it’ll be partially washed out by a bright moon. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on the best times to see it.


U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

The Gila River Indian Community has agreed to leave forty thousand acre feet of its Colorado River water in Lake Mead. The goal is to stave off future shortages. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.

Melissa Sevigny

Flagstaff is a research hub for "near Earth objects"—space rocks that zip through our cosmic neighborhood. More than a thousand new objects are found every year and some of them could pose a threat to Earth. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on the people who keep a close eye on the skies.


Josh Valenzuela, University of New Mexico

A Flagstaff astronomer is part of a team that observed for the first time two black holes locked together in orbit. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports.


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