Francesco Fiondella

Int. Research Institute for Climate & Society

Francesco Fiondella is the director of communications at Columbia University's International Research Institute for Climate and Society. He has worked as a science writer and photographer for more than 15 years, and is especially interested in bringing science (and scientists) deeper into the public sphere through collaborations with artists.

Before joining Columbia, Fiondella worked as a graphics editor and staff writer at The Wall Street Journal. He holds graduate degrees from Columbia in both science and journalism. He is the co-creator of the 2014 Climate Models wall calendar, a crowdfunded project that turned climate scientists into fashion models as a way to spark engagement and interest in science. The most-trafficked climate denialist blog in the U.S. at the time called this "the world's dumbest Kickstarter project for climate", which makes him very proud.

He is currently working on a project funded by the Brown Institute for Media Innovation called Data, Interrupted, which examines Rwanda's struggles to replace a generation of missing data and to try to understand and manage climate uncertainty. It’s also a story about the climate-data divide that exists in the world, and the implications this has on vulnerability, sustainable development and adaptation.

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