Kristen Nilsson Farley teaches Environmental Science at Pasadena City College and also works as a public health consultant for nutrition-related school and community programs. She has a PhD in Earth Science from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UC San Diego) and a Masters in Public Health in Nutrition from UMass Amherst. She particularly enjoys teaching and writing about issues and activities that take place at the intersection of Environmental Science and Public Health: food and agriculture, alternative transportation, and access to open space.

Kristen and her family enjoy Pasadena’s proximity to the glorious San Gabriel and Sierra Nevada mountains; she is an avid trail runner, ultramarathoner, and backpacker. She lives with her husband, Ken, and they have two college-aged sons and two energetic dogs. Ken grows copious amounts of food where there used to be a lawn; Kristen does her best to cook, dehydrate, ferment, and preserve it all; and everyone enjoys eating it.