jon christensen

Jon Christensen

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, Luskin Center for Innovation, Center for Digital Humanities

Mail: 2111 Glencoe Avenue, Venice, CA 90291
Office: Please email me to set up a meeting location.

(650) 759-6534

About Jon Christensen

Jon Christensen is an adjunct assistant professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, Luskin Center for Innovation, and Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a journalist-in-residence at the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and a founder of the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS) in the IoES. He is editor of LENS Magazine and a producer of the ‘Earth Focus’ documentary TV series produced by Public Media Group of Southern California (KCET| PBS SoCal | Link TV) and the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He is also a partner and strategic adviser at Stamen Design, a National Design Award-winning interactive design studio specializing in mapping, data visualization, and strategic communications. And he serves on the boards of directors of the Liberty Hill Foundation and the Los Angeles River State Park Partners, and on the advisory councils of the Indigenous Law Center at the University of California Hastings Law School and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Jon was executive director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, an interdisciplinary center for research, teaching, new media, and journalism at Stanford University before coming to UCLA. He 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, and many other newspapers, magazines, journals, and radio and television shows. He was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford 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.


Grand Theft Eco: Environmental Futures of Los Angeles

Grand Theft Eco: Environmental Futures of Los Angeles is a creative film project that repurposes the game engine and design of the video game Grand Theft Auto V to explore possible eco-futures of Los Angeles in the year 2050.

lens magazine

LENS Magazine

LENS Magazine, hosted on,  is home to essays, photography & art, criticism, stories, theory & practice and interviews curated by the Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS). is…

equity in park funding

Equity in Park Funding

Los Angeles has one of the worst reputations in the country when it comes to parks in metropolitan regions. But that could change on November 8, if voters approve Measure…

climate change solutions video series

Climate Change Solutions Video Series

Global climate disruption is affecting the planet in ways never experienced in human history. LENS is collaborating with the UC Office of the President to produce a series of six…

holoscenes/anthroposcene suite 1 by lars jan

Holoscenes/Anthroposcene Suite 1 by Lars Jan

Holoscenes is a multi-platform artwork colliding the human body with water. The work includes performance installation, video, photographic, and print components. The Anthropocene Suite is a quartet of projections featuring…

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