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“Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder, who’s an environmentalist and animal rights activist in his spare time, met with scientist Jeff Donnelly (far left, with Somerhalder) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Friday. The visit was filmed for the series “Years of Living Dangerously,” which will air this year on the National Geographic Channel. Somerhalder’s segment will feature Donnelly’s research on extreme storms and hurricanes. Somerhalder was in Boston to shoot a segment for the first season of “Years” in 2013.