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

  • 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...

  • Solar is in, biomass energy is out—and farmers are struggling to dispose of woody waste

    Solar is in, biomass energy is out—and farmers are struggling to dispose of woody waste

    It should have been a good year for turning wood and waste into electrons. A record-setting drought forced growers to bulldoze thousands of acres of trees, and hardly anyone in the Central Valley has permission to light bonfires anymore. But more than trees have withered in California's sun. The...

  • Rose Parade floats contend with citrus bans

    Rose Parade floats contend with citrus bans

    There won't be any potted orange trees or fresh citrus leaves in this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, which travels through a quarantine area for a citrus disease. The voluntary diet on float decoration items came after an outbreak of huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening, a disease that...

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