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 

Be Brief: Pangolin

Tree pangolins are a little studied and little understood native of Equatorial Guinea.
      Michigan Tech doctoral student Tiff DeGroot plans to survey tree, long-tailed and
      giant pangolins using camera trapping and DNA metabarcoding in summer 2020. Image
      Credit: Tiff DeGroot

Pangolins, a scaly ant-eater native to parts of Africa and Asia, are one of the world’s most heavily trafficked and poached creatures. While they look like armadillos and giant ant-eaters, there are actually eight species of pangolins in their own family. Threats to this reclusive species’ habitat and a general lack of understanding about the . . . Read More

Replacing Animal Testing with Synthetic Cell Scaffolds

Michigan Tech researchers have discovered that triple-negative breast cancer cells
      preferred honeycomb scaffolds upon which to grow. Pictured here is an electrospun
      honeycomb polycaprolactone scaffold. By altering the scaffold matrix, researchers
      may in the future be able to engineer environments within the human body that are
      much less hospitable to cancer growth.

In the field of cancer research, the idea that scientists can disrupt cancer growth by changing the environment in which cancerous cells divide is growing in popularity. The primary way researchers have tested this theory is to conduct experiments using animals. Smitha Rao’s cell scaffolding research aims to replace animal testing in . . . Read More

Michigan Communities Flip the Switch Toward Clean Energy

What are the social and cultural barriers that are hindering implementation of renewable
      energy technology? Michigan Tech researchers are working with eight communities to
      overcome barriers to renewable energy adoption.

Energy systems are often as unique as their communities; while hydro power might work for a community along a river with significant vertical drop, other communities might be better positioned for bioenergy. The risks and barriers to renewable energy transition are also contextually specific. Hypothesis: An Unscripted Series . . . Read More

Rethinking the Supply Chain to Save Endangered Trees

Tropical hardwood logs scattered on the ground. Image Credit: Xinfeng Xie

Apitong trees, native to Southeast Asian rainforests, have existed on Earth for more than 100 million years. Apitong trees can grow upwards of 200 feet tall, and one can imagine dinosaurs enjoying the leathery, prominently veined leaves for lunch. The tree’s flowers are palm-sized and starfish-like, their five petals tilted like a pinwheel in . . . Read More