Melanie Fitzpatrick is a climate scientist with the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Her work encompasses basic climate research, the local and global consequences of climate change, and communicating scientific findings to policy makers, the media and citizens.
Dr Fitzpatrick completed her Ph.D. in geophysics at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she researched the interaction between sea ice, clouds and climate. As a polar research specialist, she has worked as a field-based climate scientist with the Australian Antarctic Program, the U.S. Antarctic Program, and with the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment reports in 2001 and 2007.
At UCS, Melanie developed a series of climate impact reports for eight Midwest states and Pennsylvania. Over the last two decades she has conducted and supported global change science programs in Antarctica, spent time in Greenland and Alaska, and continues to be passionate about ensuring that government policies are informed by the best-available science .
Dr. Fitzpatrick has been cited by the New York Times, USA Today, the Associated Press and Reuters.