Science Fellow, Science Center, Nature Program
Michele Bustamante is an interdisciplinary scientist working as the climate and energy systems science fellow at NRDC's Science Center. She works to develop science-based policy tools to help ensure future fossil fuel infrastructure decisions are reflective of climate goals and commitments. Prior to joining NRDC, Bustamante worked for several years as an academic researcher, leveraging training in systems modeling, decision science, life cycle assessment, engineering, and economic analysis to study clean energy technologies and related critical mineral supply chains concerns. In 2018, after completing a two-year term as postdoctoral associate at MIT, Bustamante spent a year advising U.S. Senator Edward J. Markey on climate, energy, and science policy issues as an AAAS congressional science & technology policy fellow. She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental engineering and materials engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in sustainability from Rochester Institute of Technology. She is based in Washington, D.C.