Juliette Rooney-Varga is Director of the UMass Lowell Climate Change Initiative and Associate Professor of Environmental Biology. Her microbial ecology research has spanned diverse topics related to carbon cycling, climate change, and energy; from feedback loops in microbial production of methane in the Arctic and the climate system, to harnessing electricity produced by anaerobic microorganisms in soil. She is currently leading the NASA-funded Climate Education in an Age of Media (CAM) Project that puts the tools of media-making into the hands of students, in order to engage them with climate change science and empower them to add their own voices to the societal discourse about an issue that will impact younger generations significantly. She is also working closely with Climate Interactive, developing cutting edge decision-support simulations for climate and energy policy. With support from the National Science Foundation, Rooney-Varga’s group and Climate Interactive are bringing decision-support simulations into immersive role-playing exercises that enable students, citizens, and decision-makers to come to their own insights, grounded in current scientific understanding, about the impacts of national and regional climate and energy policies.