Jon Christensen

Journalist-in-Residence, Senior Researcher, and Adjunct Assistant Professor Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Department of History

La Kretz Hall

Suite 300

Los Angeles, CA 90095

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Journalists on deadline:

Jon Christensen is the go-to point of contact 24/7 for journalists interested in the work of the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA. If you are a journalist on deadline, please don't hesitate to call or text Jon at 650-759-6534 at any time, email, or send a direct message to him on Twitter @the_wrangler. Please also follow us on Twitter @uclaioes.

IoES works with journalists in several ways. We're available to help connect with you sources on deadline. We have our finger on the pulse of emerging stories in Los Angeles and around California and the world. And we offer IoES Journalism and Media Fellowships in environment and sustainability.

About our Journalism and Media fellowships:

Our IoES Journalism and Media Fellowships provide opportunities for journalists working in all kinds of media — newspapers, magazines, radio, television, online, multimedia, video, film, data visualization, mapping, and books — to visit UCLA and interact with researchers, scholars, and students, while developing or working on projects of their own designs to spur new coverage and understanding of the environment and sustainability.

The length of residence varies, typically from one to two weeks, although longer stays may be possible, particularly for projects that intersect with ongoing research at UCLA, that address significant challenges, and that explore promising new possibilities for journalism and the media on environment and sustainability. Travel and accommodation costs are covered, a modest honorarium is offered, and we may be able to provide support for development of multimedia, data visualization, and mapping applications to accompany significant stories.

There is no deadline. Timely fellowships will be awarded on a rolling basis. Short letters of inquiry — one to two pages — are welcome at any time. Please address inquiries to:

Jon Christensen
UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability
La Kretz Hall, Suite 300
Box 951496
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1496
Tel: (650) 759-6534

About Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen has been an environmental journalist and science writer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Nature,, High Country News, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, and radio and television shows. Jon was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University in 2002-2003 and a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University in 2003-2004, before returning to Stanford to work on a Ph.D. in environmental history and the history of science. Jon was a founder of the Spatial History Project and executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford before coming to UCLA in 2012.

Jon is currently journalist in residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, a senior researcher in the California Center for Sustainable Communities, and an adjunct assistant professor in IoES and the Department of History at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the editor of Boom: A Journal of California, a quarterly published by the University of California Press. And he is finishing a book entitled Critical Habitat: A History of Thinking with Things in Nature. His current research focuses on digital, environmental, and urban humanities and sciences, and environmental communications.