Faith Kearns' interests lie at the intersection of science communication, community engagement, and relationship-building, particularly as these topics relate to the environment and water resources. 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.).