Welcome! I am a scientist and science communication practitioner. I write about water, wildfire, and climate change. My work has been published at New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. My book Getting to the Heart of Science Communication is now available wherever books are sold!

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GETTING TO THE HEART OF SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication is now available wherever books are sold. You can use the code HEART for 20% off when purchasing through Island Press (especially helpful as the book has been on backorder status at many major sites). If you read and enjoy the book, please consider leaving a review!

"Dr. Kearns has given us much-needed tools for sharing science with empathy, engagement, and the full humanity that our audiences deserve. A brave and brilliant guide to the shifting terrain of science communication." Cynthia Barnett, University of Florida Environmental Journalist in Residence and author of the books Mirage, Blue Revolution, and Rain

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication is a must-read for amateurs and professionals alike. The book presents tangible ways to engage in science communication that is justice-centered and meets environmental and societal challenges of today. Kearns delivers thoughtful and transformational advice on addressing power and accountability in the sciences.” Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry, University of California, Merced

“In Getting to the Heart of Science Communication, Faith Kearns captures the voices of real science communication practice—and maps where we need to go to build public trust in science, relationship by relationship. This is the book the field needs now.” Bob Lalasz, CEO, Science+Story

Media:

Finding the Heart to Talk About Climate | with Katerina Gonzales, Climate One podcast hosted by Greg Dalton

Faith Kearns: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication, Bob Lalasz, Science + Story podcast

A new guide offers advice for navigating barriers to successful science communication by Jonathan Wai in Science

The conventional wisdom on how to talk about climate change? It’s wrong. by Kate Yoder at Grist

Communicating about climate crisis and other scientific issues requires more than facts by Pam Kan-Rice at UC Ag and Natural Resources

UCANR Scientist Publishes Guide to Science Communication with Tim Hammerich at Ag Info Network

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement by John Keogh at Booklist

POPULAR WRITING

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RECENT MEDIA

Finding the Heart to Talk About Climate | Climate One podcast

Faith Kearns: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication | Science + Story podcast

A new guide offers advice for navigating barriers to successful science communication | Science

The conventional wisdom on how to talk about climate change? It’s wrong. | Grist

Communicating about climate crisis and other scientific issues requires more than facts | UC Ag and Natural Resources

UCANR Scientist Publishes Guide to Science Communication | Ag Info Network

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication: A Guide to Effective Engagement | Booklist

Water Talk Podcast | Ag Info Network

When blazes spark, ‘Fire Twitter’ heats up | San Francisco Chronicle

A pandemic meets fire season: How California will fight wildfires amid coronavirus | Sacramento Bee

How climate change primed California’s power shutdown | National Geographic

The weight of the world | Mother Jones

Why it's so hard to live in California | Slate

California's dry winter means much of the state is in drought again | Salon

Deadly, destructive fires happening to more Californians, over and over again | Ventura County Star

Last day in Paradise: the untold story of how a fire swallowed a town | Guardian

Wildfire scientists brace for hotter, more flammable future as Paradise lies in ashes | CNN

Living on the edge | Slate

Don't blame storm victims for this | Earther/Gizmodo

Lack of snowpack leaves the West hung out to dry | Grist

California agriculture faces serious threats from climate change, study finds | Desert Sun

California's climate emergency | Rolling Stone

RECENT ACADEMIC WRITING

Disasters Happen: Supporting Cooperative Extension Personnel for Disaster Management in California Communities | Journal of Extension with V. Koundinya, C. Chiarella, and S. Kocher

Supporting sustainable groundwater management | California Agriculture with D. Parker

Climate change trends and impacts on California agriculture: A detailed review | Agronomy with T. Pathak, M.L. Maskey, J.A. Dahlberg, K.M. Bali, and D. Zaccaria

Building climate change resilience in California through UC Cooperative Extension | California Agriculture with T. Grantham, S. Kocher, T. Pathak, and L. Roche