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

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication, Brad Phillips, Speak Good podcast

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication with Dr. Faith Kearns, Madison Sankovitz and Monique Rivera, Beyond the Bench podcast

Faith Kearns: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication, Chris Gambino for New Books Network podcast

More than the Message by Jonathan Wai in Science

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

Compassionate communication key to spurring action on research results, by Mathew Reisz at Times Higher Ed

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

Check out the Water Talk podcast!
Mallika Nocco, Sam Sandoval, and I recently
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RECENT MEDIA

Compassionate communication key to spurring action on research results | Times Higher Ed

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication | Speak Good podcast

Drought-Stricken California Hasn't Mandated Statewide Water Restrictions. Here's Why | KQED Science

Wildfires tear through 1m acres in US west as 16,000 firefighters battle onslaught | Guardian

State Has Still Not Issued Drought Mandate (audio) | KQED Morning Report

American west stuck in cycle of ‘heat, drought and fire’, experts warn | Guardian

Is California ready for brown lawns and shorter showers? Drought requires less water use | LA Times

Reservoirs are drying up as consequences of the Western drought worsen | Washington Post

Finding the Heart to Talk About Climate | Climate One podcast

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

Getting to the Heart of Science Communication with Dr. Faith Kearns | Beyond the Bench podcast

Faith Kearns: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication | New Books Network podcast

More than the Message | 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