Kelly Ramirez

Occupation:  Postdoctoral Scholar Currently: Netherlands Institute of Ecology; Previously: Executive Director, Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative

Affiliation:  School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University 

Kelly’s Research:  Kelly a soil microbial ecologist, combines research interests in global biogeochemical cycles with molecular and other tools to explore how soil microbes respond to global changes. Her work on anthropogenic nitrogen deposition analyzes impacts on soil microbial communities and ecosystem processes and incorporates theoretical modeling. Additionally, Kelly is the Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative, a scientific effort promoting security and sustainability of soil biodiversity in managed and natural systems. 


B.S.  Washington State University

PhD  University of Colorado, Boulder

Favorite Plant Species:  I study the entire soil microbial community so it is difficult for me to pick a ‘favorite’ as they are all so important, most in ways we have yet to identify. I do think Vibiro fischeri are pretty amazing, but who doesn’t love bioluminescence. 

Best Sampling Road Trip: In a few weeks we are going to sample the soil of Central Park, NY and map soil biodiversity of the whole park. Bringing glamour to soil sampling.

Places I’ve Lived:  Washington State and Colorado

In my Field Backpack:  I wish I got to do more field sampling- when I do go out, trowel, soil corer, sharpie, bags. 

Places I’ve Done Research:

  1. Cedar Creek LTER, MN
  2. Kellogg Biological Station, MI
  3. Lawrence, KN
  4. Central Park NY, NY
  5. I mostly go where the quality soil is- the Midwest
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