Curriculum and Research


Julianne Lutz Warren '88Julianne Lutz Warren '88
Teacher in Environmental Studies at New York University.

Julianne Lutz Warren ’88 earned her degree in Biology with a minor in music. Julianne and sustainability go together like a lock and a key, for she has always had a love for the world-of-life. As an undergrad, Julianne studied ecology, one of the foundations of sustainability. She conducted research on heavy metal influence on moss reproductive structures, the succession in the pine barren area near campus, and on the foraging habits of downy woodpeckers. The research she conducted with Drs. John Shaw, Jack Bernard, and John Confer were tremendous experiences for her. Dr. Shaw and Julianne co-authored on a published research paper related to moss work. Dr. Bernard exposed her to amazing new kinds of statistics for analyzing complex ecological data. Dr. Confer inspired her love for the study of birds that Julianne continued with in her graduate work and beyond.

Julianne currently teaches in Environmental Studies at New York University. Courses she teaches include: Environmental Studies; Honors Seminar in Environmental Research; Global Topics: Utopia and Land Health; Global Topics: Women's Bodies, Women's Voices and the Globe of Nature; and Senior Capstone: Climate Change Justice, Making Paradise in Hell.

Julianne is also involved with, an international environmental organization, and with Occupy Wall Street. Recently, Julianne and some NYU students attended Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math,” and she marched with OWS/350 at the #N17 march against fossil fuels. While at the march she met other Ithaca students planning to be part of an IC divestment from fossil fuel strategy. Julianne plans to support this divestment as well.

In addition, in 2006 Julianne published “Aldo Leopold’s Odyssey: Rediscovering the Author of A Sand County Almanac,” as well as worked on others books. She is currently working on a project entitled “Generativity: A Quartet.” In this, she counters current human destructiveness and explores what it means to dream of and live with intimate responsibility toward the world-of-life. Julianne’s whole career has involved sustainability, including being part of the core faculty in 2009 and 2011 at the NEH Summer Institute, a pre-doctoral research assistant at the University of Illinois in the Geology Department and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences Human Dimensions division.

Julianne’s message to student is to “Notice the world, fall in love with it, and love it skillfully.” 

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