Councilor in Ecology/Conservation Nominee
Adriana Romero-Olivares is a mycologist who works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and evolution. She is interested in understanding how fungi 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 received my PhD from the University of California Irvine where she investigated the effects of global warming on the soil fungal communities of boreal forests in Alaska. She did a postdoc at the University of New Hampshire where she was a Diversity & Innovation Scholar studying fungal traits and emission of 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 in the Department of Biology. In her lab they explore fungi in natural ecosystems, their traits, and how they respond and adapt to global climate change. She is passionate about mushrooms, intersectionality, social justice, and equity in general, and more specifically in STEM.