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 available for pre-order from Island Press and will be released May 11, 2021.

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Getting to the Heart of Science Communication will be officially released May 11, 2021 and is available for pre-order now. You can use the code HEART for 20% off when purchasing through Island Press.

"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


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

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


Check out the Water Talk podcast!

Mallika Nocco, Sam Sandoval, and I are releasing Season 2 -- one episode every Friday -- beginning April 2, 2021! Check it out wherever you get podcasts, and if you like what you hear please subscribe, star, and leave a review!


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