Dr. Romero-Olivares is a soil microbial ecologist who works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and evolution. She is interested in understanding how microbes respond and adapt to environmental stress. Her overall research goal is to better understand and plan for ecosystem-scale effects of global climate change. She is originally from Mexico and received her PhD from the University of California Irvine where she investigated the effects of global warming on the soil microbial communities of boreal forests in Alaska. She did a postdoc at the University of New Hampshire where she 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. She is now an Assistant Professor at New Mexico State University and is looking forward to exploring microbes in drylands of the south west of the USA.