Dr. Kelly S. Ramirez was the Executive Director of Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative (a SoGES powered program) from 2011-2014. A soil microbial ecologist, she combines research interests in global nutrient 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 through experimental work and theoretical modeling. Dr. Ramirez was awarded a National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Graduate Research Fellowship, a SLOAN Fellowship and the NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate grant. She is a 2012-2013 Global Sustainability Leadership Fellow at Colorado State University. Dr. Ramirez has a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Biology from Washington State University.