Kelley Christensen

Kelley Christensen


  • Science and Technology Publications Writer, University Marketing and Communications


Kelley writes university research stories and articles for university publications. She studied news-editorial journalism and American literature at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and holds a master's in technical communication from Montana Tech. She is pursuing her doctorate in environmental policy at Michigan Tech.

About Kelley

  • Her career includes writing for small-town newspapers in Montana and working as a public information officer, an events coordinator, and science editor for an IEEE publication, Earthzine.
  • She enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing with her family, reading voraciously, crocheting, and exploring the Keweenaw.

Recent Stories 

Clouds and Soot: Understanding Air Pollution and Atmosphere Interactions

Researchers burn kerosene in an oil lamp under a ventilation hood. They pressurize       the air with a pump to suck the smoke into the cloud chamber. The experiments in the       cloud chamber have allowed the researchers to understand that the longer soot particles       are in the atmosphere, the more opportunities they have to become cloud-processed,       and the greater the chance the particles become compacted.

When carbon burns — whether it’s the charcoal on your barbeque or from a forest fire — soot is released into the atmosphere. But what goes up must come down, so what happens to soot? When soot particles are "cloud processed" they become more compact. The particles are incorporated into cloud droplets, which leads to the . . . Read More

Hazards Mapping, History and the Future of Rust Belt Cities

Modeling the estimated accumulation of industrial hazards on a postindustrial landscape       to highlight higher-risk hotspots requires a spatial and temporal approach. Image       Credit: Dan Trepal

More people live in cities than in rural areas for the first time in human history. But cities aren’t unchanging edifices; they expand and contract, their demographics shift and their leaders write policies with positive and negative effects on different people. Grants and Funding Social . . . Read More

Mechanism Modeling for Better Forecasts, Climate Predictions

Better modeling gives weather forecasters and climate scientists a more accurate picture       of what happens where atmosphere and ocean meet.

As hurricanes grow in power as the climate changes, accurately modeling the interactions between the atmosphere and the ocean grows increasingly important to prepare people to batten down or to evacuate. The many mechanisms of the atmosphere-ocean system — known as air-sea flux — make modeling extremely complicated, however. . . . Read More