Juliet Johnston


I am a trans women, pansexual, and poly and I am an environmental engineer. //

I’m an NSF-fellow working on my PhD in environmental engineering. When you flush the toilet, the microbes at a wastewater treatment plant eat the harmful remnants of your waste. I investigate these wastewater microbes and their microbiome in relation to seasonal variation, specifically focusing on nitrification failure during cold temperatures. Additionally, I am the organizer of the nation’s first ever Queer Science Day to inspire upcoming LGBT scientists. I earned my bachelor’s in environmental engineering with a minor in women’s studies from Clemson University. I’m often found lounging in coffee shops, rock climbing, baking, and taking long walks in the bitter cold with my dog.