Los Angeles Times

Geoffrey Mohan

Writer

Geoff joined the Los Angeles Times in 2001 from Newsday, where he was a Latin American correspondent in Mexico City. He was hired as a statewide roamer, but was quickly drafted into coverage of Afghanistan and Iraq wars. Soon after returning, he was sent out to the front lines of the California wildfires, and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning breaking news team in 2003. Looking for a break from the action, he took refuge behind the editing desks in foreign and metro, serving as the environment editor and later, the state editor. He returned to reporting two years ago in Science, where he’s been writing about Ebola, African-clawed frogs and mathematicians who can predict NCAA winners. Now he’s coming full circle, back to roaming the state in search of stories about farmers, drought and innovation in agriculture and food science.

Recent Articles

  • Modesto farmer has blossomed into a tulip peddler

    Modesto farmer has blossomed into a tulip peddler

    The gig: John "Farmer John" Bos, 44, is owner-operator of Dutch Hollow Farms, an agri-tourism business on 65 acres on the northern edge of Modesto, across from a Best Buy and a Home Depot. He runs a popular pumpkin patch in the fall. In spring, he defies the scorching heat of the Central Valley...

  • Researchers test a possible drought solution by flooding an almond farm

    Researchers test a possible drought solution by flooding an almond farm

    The El Niño rainstorm had already turned Nick Blom's almond orchard into a quagmire. Still, he wheeled open the lid of a massive irrigation pipe. Fifteen minutes later, a gurgling belch heralded a gush of water that surged over the lip of the pipe and spread across five acres of almond trees. Blom...

  • SpaceX rocket stage fails to land on drone ship

    SpaceX rocket stage fails to land on drone ship

    Elon Musk's SpaceX managed to launch a satellite into orbit Sunday, but suffered another setback in its attempt to retrieve a rocket stage by landing it on a sea-going platform. SpaceX officials said the Falcon 9 rocket first stage experienced a "hard landing" and broke one of its stabilizer arms...

  • Watch live: SpaceX launches rocket but fails to stick ship landing

    Watch live: SpaceX launches rocket but fails to stick ship landing

    Elon Musk's Falcon 9 rocket failed to land upright on a ship off the Southern California coast after lifting off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, accordng to SpaceX officials.Neither of the two previous attempts to stick a sea landing has succeeded, although the company brought a Falcon rocket stage...

  • Can SpaceX land a rocket on a barge off California?

    Can SpaceX land a rocket on a barge off California?

    Elon Musk’s ambitions to corner the space cargo market via reusable rockets will stand a crucial test Sunday morning, when SpaceX engineers will attempt to guide a Falcon 9 rocket back to a ship off the Southern California coast.Neither of the two previous attempts to stick a sea landing has succeeded,...

  • Can SpaceX land a rocket on a barge off California?

    Can SpaceX land a rocket on a barge off California?

    Elon Musk’s ambitions to corner the space cargo market via reusable rockets will stand a crucial test Sunday morning, when SpaceX engineers will attempt to guide a Falcon 9 rocket back to a ship off the Southern California coast. Neither of the two previous attempts to stick a sea landing has succeeded,...

  • Bees threatened by a common pesticide, EPA finds

    Bees threatened by a common pesticide, EPA finds

    An insecticide widely used on grains, vegetables, fruit and other crops nationwide threatens honeybees, federal environmental regulators said in a decision that could lend impetus to efforts to ban the chemical.The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Wednesday that imidacloprid, a nicotine-imitating...

  • Was 2015 the year of the foodie?

    Was 2015 the year of the foodie?

    They shamed almonds, looked askance at genetic modification and antibiotics, and demanded to know more about what they ate. Those actions by U.S. food consumers may have made 2015 the year of the foodie, whose opinions and choices drove companies and policymakers to change the way food is grown...

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