Cynthia Barnett
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Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett is an award-winning journalist who has reported on water and climate worldwide. Her new book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans, is due out in July from W.W. Norton. She is the author of three previous books including Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, a finalist for the National Book Award and PEN/E.O. Wilson Award for Literary Science Writing and named a best book of 2015 by NPR’s Science Friday, the Boston Globe, the Miami Herald and others. Cynthia's work has appeared in National Geographic, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Salon, Politico, Discover, and other publications. Her first book, Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. (2007) won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. Her second, Blue Revolution, which calls for a water ethic for America, was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 U.S. science books of 2011. The Globe describes her author persona as “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” The Los Angeles Times writes that she “takes us back to the origins of our water in much the same way, with much the same vividness and compassion as Michael Pollan led us from our kitchens to potato fields and feed lots of modern agribusiness.” Cynthia earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s in environmental history and spent a year studying water science and history as a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan. She lives in Gainesville, Florida, where she is also Environmental Journalist in Residence at the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. For her articles, speaking schedule and other information, please visit www.cynthiabarnett.net.
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