Kelley Christensen

Kelley Christensen


  • Science and Technology Publications Writer


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 

Poo’s Clues: Moose Droppings Indicate Isle Royale Ecosystem Health

An adult moose must eat approximately 40 pounds of vegetation per day just to keep
      itself going. Yet despite their need to consume large volumes of food every day, moose
      do not eat everything they come across. Instead, moose are considerably more selective
      than is obvious when deciding which plant species to eat. Image Credit: Sarah Hoy

Given the choice between ice cream and vegetables, for many people it’ll be the ice cream. But sometimes it depends on the situation. If you’d eaten ice cream every day for a week, you might prefer the salad. Human preferences for different foods often depend on what’s common fare and what’s rare. For non-human animals, . . . Read More

The Prettiest Poop You’ll Ever See (Trust Us)

White pine cells in pelletized whitetail deer fecal matter under a polarized light
      microscope. Image Credit: Grace Parikh

Grace Parikh is used to people raising their eyebrows when she explains what she does. "People are like, ‘You do what?’" she explains, laughing. Parikh is finishing her doctoral studies in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science (SFRES) at Michigan Technological University (she defended her dissertation this . . . Read More

Whole-tree Harvesting Could Boost Biomass Production

Whole-tree aspen logging promotes renewable biomass energy from tops and branches,
      parts of the tree that are often left in the forest during logging in favor of the
      tree’s trunk — using the residual that remains after a sustainable harvest for logs.

This is a story of carbon choices: As societies around the world continue to move toward increased renewable energy portfolios, which energy sources do we choose? In the U.S., coal plants are closing, but carbon dioxide concentration in the atmosphere continues to rise. Pivoting toward renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biofuels is . . . Read More

Fixing the Fractures in Rural Medicine

Improving patient care and outcomes in rural areas requires a mix of reliable patient
      identification, capitalizing on algorithms and artificial intelligence, and community

This may seem overly cautious and farfetched, but a 2016 study in the medical journal The BMJ found that medical errors, if classified as a disease, would be the third-leading cause of death in the United States behind cancer and heart disease. To compound what many say is a fractured medical system, it’s a recognized fact that . . . Read More