Lab Members

Kelly S Ramirez, Principal Investigator, (she/her)

I am a microbial ecologist interested in characterizing the diversity and biogeographical patterns of soil microbes across the globe. My love for soils and microbes started in Boulder, CO and has taken me around the world. 

In addition to my scientific research I am committed to making science more inclusive for women and other marginalized people. In November 2016, together with my friend and colleague Dr. Jane Zelikova, we founded 500 Women Scientists, an organization with a mission to make science open, inclusive and accessible. Learn more at

Interests: running, rock climbing, cooking, and eating avocados. 

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram.

Selini, Lab Mascot

Perhaps the most traveled cat in the world. Born in Greece; moved to the Netherlands; traveled through Colorado, California, and much of the South West in a van.

Other names known by: Bad, Monster, Kitten Cat, Salami, Stamp, Post Master Stamp

Interests: Food, Escape, Travel.

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