IAB Life Science Hour Seminar Series

Name:Adriana L. Romero-Olivares
New Mexico State University
Title:Microbial responses to climate change: from tiny genes to big ecosystems
Date:Friday, 29 January 2021
Host:Mario Muscarella

Global climate change is affecting all organisms on Earth, microbes are not the exception. In my presentation I will talk about my research in boreal forests in AK and temperate forests in the northeast of the USA. Here, I investigated how microbes are responding to experimental environmental stressors, such as warming and chronic nitrogen fertilization, and what are the large-scale consequences of these responses to our ecosystems.

About the Speaker:

I am a soil microbiologist who works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and evolution. I am interested in understanding how microbes respond and adapt to environmental stress. My overall research goal is to better understand and plan for ecosystem-scale effects of global climate change. I am originally from Mexico and I received my PhD from the University of California Irvine where I investigated the effects of global warming on the soil microbial communities of boreal forests in Alaska. I did a postdoc at the University of New Hampshire where I was a Diversity & Innovation Scholar studying the emission of microbial volatile organic compounds in soils experiencing long-term simulated warming and nitrogen pollution at Harvard Forest. I am now an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University and I’m looking forward to exploring microbes in drylands of the southwest of the USA.

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