Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Ph.D.

Adriana L. Romero-Olivares, Ph.D.


New Mexico State University

Dr. Adriana L. Romero-Olivares is a soil microbiologist who works at the intersection of ecosystem ecology and evolution, with an emphasis on fungi. 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.

Romero-Olivares received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Irvine where she investigated the effects of global warming on the soil fungal communities of boreal forests in Alaska. She did a postdoctoral fellowship 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. Her lab explores fungi in natural ecosystems, their traits and how they respond and adapt to global climate change.

Romero-Olivares' awards include the 2021 Excellence in Ecology from the Ecological Society of America, 2021 Interchange Ambassador Award from the Mycological Society of America, Mycological Society of America' s outstanding service as chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in 2019, an Ecological Society of America Travel Award and Dynamic Womxn of UCI 2017 Academic Achievement Award.