People

Elizabeth Bach, PhD, Executive Director of the GSBI

Elizabeth Bach is the Executive Director of the Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative based at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at Colorado State University.  She is a soil microbial ecologist interested in exploring how fungal and bacterial communities influence ecosystem functions, specifically carbon and nitrogen cycling.  She also investigates interactions between soil microbes and soil structure.  Her research focuses on restored grassland systems in central North America.  She received her Ph. D. from Iowa State University and M.Sc. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

 

 

Past Curators:

Tandra Fraser, PhD, Former Executive Director of the GSBI

Tandra Fraser is the Executive Director of Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative based at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability (SoGES) at Colorado State University.  She is a soil molecular biologist interested in the response of soil microbes to anthropogenic-induced changes.  Her research has focused on linking soil bacterial communities to metabolic functions for biochemical cycling of phosphorus in agricultural and grassland soils of the Northern Great Plains.  Tandra has worked with researchers, community groups and farmers across Canada.  After completing a M.Sc. in soil science at the University of Saskatchewan, she spent a year working with farmers in Honduras on a project to improve nutrient management on remote hillside farms.  She will receive her Ph.D. from the University of Guelph in 2014.

 

Kelly S. Ramirez, PhD, Former Executive Director of the GSBI

School of Global Environmental Sustainability - Colorado State University, USA 
Dr. Ramirez, a soil microbial ecologist, combines research interests in global biogeochemical cycles with moleculer 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 and incorporates theoretical modeling.  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 was selected as a 2012-2013 Sustainability Leadership Fellow at Colorado State University.  Ramirez has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in Biology from Washington State University.