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 

World’s Largest Lakes Reveal Climate Change Trends

A satellite image of the Great Lakes with different colors across the lakes to show       lake production values.

NASA-funded research on the 11 largest freshwater lakes in the world coupled field and satellite observations to provide a new understanding of how large bodies of water fix carbon, as well as how a changing climate and lakes interact. How Do Lakes Fix Carbon? Phytoplankton are microscopic . . . Read More

No More Material World? Post-pandemic Consumerism A Seismic Shift

The pandemic has changed many aspects of our lives. Not least among these are our       consumer habits.

For many people in the world today, life is now divided clearly into two eras: before and after COVID-19. It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about "the before times" and hypothesize on when the virus might be past us. Given this epochal demarcation in our lives, clear as a border line on any map, what will change when "the after times" are . . . Read More

Quarantines and Caveats

The sun sets behind the Portage Lake Lift Bridge.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated the recommended quarantine period for a person exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease COVID-19. But the incubation period in the human body for the virus — up to 14 days — has not changed. What gives? Turns out, how people develop symptoms . . . Read More

Bridging Barriers

People working on a dam at a river.

Community is one of the Michigan Tech values, nestled nicely with accountability and tenacity, and many an MTU grad hold those values as guiding principles in their lives. But what does it look like to put those values into action? That’s the subject of alumnus Mike Paddock’s 2020 book, Bridging Barriers: How a Community Changed Its Future . . . Read More