I'm a scientist who writes about water, climate change, the environment, and people. In addition, I am working to increase the relational capacity of the science community, with a focus on how practices such as conflict tolerance, self reflection, and contemplation can help scientists inside and outside academia to engage effectively and build relationships with themselves, each other, and communities. This work has evolved from my 20+ years spent as a scientist and science communication practitioner, where I've learned that the ability to listen deeply and work with conflict are make-or-break skills. 

I earned my bachelor's degree in environmental science, geology, and political science from Northern Arizona University and my doctoral degree from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California, Berkeley, where I focused on urban freshwater ecosystems, landscape ecology, and web-based citizen science tools for natural resource management. I have developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, managed a wildfire research and outreach center at UC Berkeley, and worked to bridge science and policy with innovative research and outreach projects as part of the environmental science program of the Pew Charitable Trusts. I currently do science engagement work with the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources California Institute for Water Resources.
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Faith Kearns,
Mar 28, 2018, 2:07 PM