Arturo A. Massol-Deyá

Arturo is the executive director of Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, a community-based group in Puerto Rico with 38 years of services in natural resources conservation, education, and sustainable development


After the direct impact of Hurricane Maria over Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Dr. Massol-Deyá, together with Casa Pueblo, has led a community aid response that aims to change the energy landscape of a country dependent on fossil fuels to one based on renewable energy sources.


A graduate of the public school system (1986) and the University of Puerto Rico (1990), he obtained his doctoral degree from the Center for Microbial Ecology at Michigan State University in 1994. Since then he has been a faculty member at the Department of Biology of the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus where he established the Tropical Microbial Ecology Lab. He has been a principal investigator of projects on microbial ecology with emphasis on biological processes aimed at restoring contaminated environments.

photo of Arturo A. Massol-Deyá


Learning Lab: Pathways from the Climate Crisis to Justice and Belonging
A deep look at the climate crisis at this moment and how do we amplify imaginative solutions built on not leaving people behind, but on bringing everyone in? How do we co-create structures that strengthen our connection to place, ensure thriving ecological systems and health, equitably distribute power, and value the dignity of all work? Designed for: People working in nonprofits, government, and philanthropy locally and globally. People committed to social equity and belonging, with a range of perspectives, positions, and ideologies. Lab registration is open to conference participants only...