Juliette Rooney-Varga is an expert on climate change and sustainability. She is the director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and associate professor of environmental biology.
She is leading the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project, which puts the tools of media-making into the hands of students at all levels to engage them with climate change science and empower them to add their own voices to the debate on an issue that will have a significant impact on younger generations. Her work as an educator includes developing simulation games and role-playing exercises for people of all ages through which they can test their decision-making skills and gain insight on climate change and related issues that are grounded in current scientific understanding about national and regional climate change, energy choices and related policies.
Rooney-Varga is passionate about her work on climate change and her microbial ecology research has spanned diverse topics related to carbon cycling, climate change and energy including microbial production of methane in the Arctic and the climate system to harnessing electricity produced by anaerobic microorganisms in soil.
She earned a Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of New Hampshire, a master of science degree in natural resources from Cornell University and a bachelor of arts degree from Colby College in environmental biology.