Faith Kearns

Scientist, California Institute for Water Resources

Faith Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner and author of Getting to the Heart of Science Communication. She is a scientist with the California Institute for Water Resources, where she writes about water, wildfire, climate change, and people. She previously served as an officer with the science division of the environment program at the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she collaborated with policy and advocacy staff to develop research projects and integrate scientific information into campaigns. Kearns has also managed a wildfire research and outreach center at the University of California, Berkeley, served as a AAAS Science and Policy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, and developed science communication projects at the Ecological Society of America.

Kearns' work has been published in New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and others. She is currently writing a book about science communication on emotional and contentious issues.  She received degrees in freshwater ecology and policy from the University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D.) and environmental science from Northern Arizona University (B.S.).



The Land of Dreams and Drought

August 9, 2019
The California dream, with its promise of never-ending sunshine, fertile soil and rivers running with gold, has been beckoning people west for over…