Kelley Christensen

Kelley Christensen


  • Science Writer and Project Strategist, 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

  • She writes about Michigan Tech research and serves as communications liaison to the Great Lakes Research Center and Michigan Tech Research Institute. She's also a member of the university social media team.
  • 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.

Recent Stories 

Be Brief: Glider

A wave glider in the water, with cliffs and clouds on the horizon.

"Smooth seas do not a skillful sailor make." This proverb rings true for the autonomous, unpiloted wave glider recently deployed into Lake Superior by the Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC). Owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), the glider — a particularly seasoned piece of equipment which has traveled from . . . Read More

Q&A with Teaching Award Winner Melissa Baird

A portrait of Melissa Baird.

Melissa Baird is an associate professor of anthropology in the Department of Social Sciences at Michigan Technological University. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, she earned her master’s and doctorate at the University of Oregon. Her research has focused on the politics of heritage within the extractive zone, such as mining or liquefied natural gas projects and protest . . . Read More

Q&A with Teaching Award Winner Mike Hyslop

A portrait of Mike Hyslop.

Mike Hyslop is a principal lecturer in the College of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in geography from Michigan State University and is earning his Ph.D. in forest science from Michigan Tech. Prior to joining MTU 26 years ago, Hyslop worked as a program specialist for the Great Lakes . . . Read More

Behind Doctors and Diagnoses Are Medical Laboratory Scientists

Labelling a bag of B positive donated blood.

One year ago, if we had asked the people responsible for setting up Michigan Tech's COVID-19 testing lab whether it would still be running samples today, the answer would have been, "Unlikely." But 18 months later, the lab is still processing tests, and forming its backbone are the students and staff who keep operations running smoothly day in and day out. Shay Ekdahl (left) and Claire Danielson . . . Read More