Belnapia rosea is named after American microbiologist, Jayne Belnap, and rosea, after the pink-rosey colonies the bacterium grows on agar. Belnap received her undergraduate degrees, Biology and Natural History, at the University of California, Santa Cruz, her Masters of Science, Ecology Department at Stanford, and her PhD, Botany and Range Department, from Brigham Young University. Belnap had a strong interest for the ecology of ground soils, specifically, how land can be managed sustainably, while still being used for recreational uses like grazing, energy exploration, and development. Balnap has been with the Department of the Interior since 1987 and travels around the world to train land managers the best practices for dryland ecosystems.
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