Dr. Kelly Ramirez is a soil ecologist interested in characterizing the diversity and biogeographical patterns of soil microbes across the globe. She has studied microbial communities across the globe- even from the soils in Central Park, NYC. Kelly grew up in Washington State, and moved to the University of Colorado, Boulder for graduate school where she earned her PhD in Ecology. In 2012 Dr. Ramirez took a position working as the Executive Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. Then, in 2014, she moved to Europe for her current position at the Netherlands Institute of Ecology. In January 2020 Dr. Ramirez will begin her appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas, El Paso. She co-founded 500 Women Scientists in November 2016.