Julie O'Leary

Julie O'Leary
Julie O'Leary
Julie O'Leary Julie O'Leary
URSCA Program Administrator
office. Swenson Hall 3037 Old Main 303
University of Wisconsin-Superior


Julie is a gardener and she and her husband enjoy growing flowers, fruit, and vegetables. She also enjoys cooking as well as preserving both the garden's output and the region's seasonal bounty. Julie pursues numerous outdoor activities including biking, hiking, camping, cross country skiing and is an active member of the Twin Ports conservation community.

Professional Background

Julie O'Leary's career spans her interests in the environment and education. Her experience includes water quality, waste management and Great Lakes policy issues in both the government and non-profit sectors. While at the Western Lake Superior Sanitary District, she developed and implemented programs in household hazardous waste management, recycling, composting, biosolids land application, and pollution prevention.  At the Minnesota Environmental Partnership, she worked on both a statewide conservation agenda as well as Great Lakes policy issues. Community outreach and education and civic engagement are current interests.

Research Interests

As director of UW-Superior's Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity program, Julie O'Leary seeks to identify and develop opportunities for students to engage in hands-on research activities. She has a particular interest in projects that address campus sustainability, and connecting students and faculty to research opportunities in the community.

Awards & Honors

2014, St. Louis River Alliance, Sally Gibson Award for Environmental Stewardship


2017-present, Wisconsin Council on Undergraduate Research Executive Committee

2015-present, Izaak Walton League McCabe Chapter, Board Member

2010-2017, League of Women Voters Duluth, Natural Resources Committee Chair

2009-2011, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition Governance Board

2004-2009, Lake Superior BiNational Forum

2004-2011, Great Lakes United, Board Member  

Most Recent Degrees

1989 - Master of Science (M.S.) - Horticulture - University of Minnesota School of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture - Dissertation/thesis topic: Horticultural Applications for Municipal Solid Waste Composts

1982 - Bachelor of Science (B.S.) - Biological Sciences - Michigan Technological University