Ellen Bowman and Dr. Martha McConnell
Ellen Bowman and Dr. Martha McConnell. Photo provided by Aquidneck Land Trust

The Aquidneck Land Trust (“ALT”) has announced that two new board members have been appointed to its board of trustees. The new trustees were appointed at the organization’s annual meeting, held on February 4, 2021. Ellen Bowman and Dr. Martha McConnell were voted onto the board at the event, which was conducted virtually and is available to view on the ALT website.  

Ellen Bowman is a resident of Rye, NY, and Newport, RI, where she is active in numerous  organizations that support the arts, historic preservation, garden conservation and education. She has  experience in fundraising and board governance. She is a trustee of the Newport Art Museum, was past  President of the board of trustees for The Windward School in New York, and is a member of The Garden  Conservancy Fellows, Rye Garden Club, Daughters of the Revolution and the National Society of Colonial  Dames, New York Chapter. 

Dr. Martha McConnell is a Lecturer at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of  Oceanography. Prior to moving to Newport, Martha managed the Polar Programme for the International Union  for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), directed studies on ocean, polar, and climate science policy issues for the  National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and served as Visiting Faculty at the United States Coast Guard  Academy. She led the first legislative process to advance ocean acidification research and monitoring, and has  participated in four expeditions to Antarctica. A member of The Explorers Club, Martha holds a B.A. in  Geology from Colgate University and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Paleoceanography from the University of South  Carolina. 

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

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Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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