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Local enviro-scientist explores climate change

Friday, July 28, 7 p.m.—BELMONT—National Academies of Sciences environmental scientist and Belmont native April Melvin will speak at the Mt. Holly Town Library on Friday, July 28 at 7 p.m. Melvin will present her program, “Understanding Climate Change in Your Backyard.”

Melvin is a native Vermonter who has spent her career studying the impact of climate change and air pollution on society and the environment. As an environmental scientist, she has worked extensively researching forest health in the Northeastern U.S. and in Alaska. Her more recent work as a policy professional has focused on estimating how much damage caused by climate change may cost the U.S.

Melvin currently resides in Washington, D.C., where she is an associate program officer at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. In this role she brings together leading experts to provide advice to the federal government on issues related to climate change. She received her Ph.D. in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry from Cornell University and holds a B.S. in ecology and evolutionary biology from the University of Rochester.

There will be a question and answer period at the end of the program. The library is located at 26 Maple Hill Road, Belmont.For info, visit

Photo courtesy of Mt. Holly Town Library

Belmont native April Melvin stands at a sign along the Dalton Highway in Alaska, located on the Arctic Circle. The road may be known to some that are fans of the show “Ice Road Truckers.”

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