Katharine Davis Reich is an associate director of the UCLA Center for Climate Science, focusing on strategic planning and communications. She works closely with the Center’s scientists to communicate about the findings and implications of their work with the media, policymakers, and other nonscientist audiences. Katharine also facilitates communication between scientists and researchers in various disciplines to create multidisciplinary research collaborations.
Katharine’s path to science communication is an untraditional one. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Wesleyan University, she spent ten years working in consumer health magazine and web journalism, where she translated medical research into health information for people with chronic diseases. Always interested in environmental science and increasingly concerned about climate change, Katharine sought to apply her communications skills to improving public understanding of climate science, earning a Master of Arts in Environmental Conservation Education from New York University in 2012. She joined Alex Hall’s research group and the Center for Climate Science in 2013.