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 

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

Necessary Negotiations of Bioenergy Development

There are tradeoffs between biomass production and water flow and quality impacts.

As energy sources increasingly shift toward renewables, it’s important not to lose sight of the fact that energy production always comes with tradeoffs. Modeling the outcomes of those tradeoffs can help natural resource managers and policymakers create informed decisions in energy development. Jumping to Conclusions: An . . . Read More