Francesca Hopkins

Hopkins, Francesca

Francesca Hopkins

Climate, Literacy, Empowerment and iNquiry (CLEAN) Education
Co-Founder, Executive Director, Curriculum Developer and Presenter


M.S. Earth System Science, UC Irvine
Advanced to Candidacy



Born and raised in Sonoma County, Francesca Hopkins has lived in California all her life, with occasional sojourns to Latin America and Germany for study and research.  Francesca became fascinated by the earth system, and climate change in particular as undergraduate at UC Berkeley.  Francesca joined ESS in Fall of 2007 as a PhD student in Susan Trumbore's research group.  Her dissertation research examines the impact of global changes such as warming and nitrogen deposition on soil carbon, using radiocarbon and carbon-13 to trace cycling rates and partition carbon pools.  Francesca is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (2007), a recipient of the Cicerone Fellowship (2010), and an ARCS Scholar (2009-2011).  Francesca is co-founder and executive director of CLEAN education, a nonprofit organization that brings climate change science to K-8 classrooms in Orange County.

Previous to coming to UC Irvine, Francesca worked as a Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Margaret Torn's laboratory at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Francesca received her Bachelor's degrees at UC Berkeley in Environmental Science and Spanish.  She was awarded the Departmental Citation, the highest academic award for undergraduates in Environmental Science.  


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