Bio


Dr. Jorge Ramos earned a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Science degree at University of Washington in Forest Resources. Jorge completed his PhD studies at Arizona State University in which he focused his studies in understanding the ecohydrology of spring-fed ecosystems in Mexico and in quantifying greenhouse gas fluxes of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4), and nitrous oxide (N2O) under different management strategies from a constructed treatment wetland in Arizona. Jorge is an accomplished educator and scientist with deep knowledge of freshwater and coastal wetland ecosystems, carbon cycling, environmental education and climate change science communication. After completing this PhD, Jorge worked at Conservation International in Washington DC, where he was the manager of the Blue Climate team in the Center for Oceans, a role in which he helped develop, implement, and manage coastal community conservation projects and teams worldwide.

Always including multiple international and diverse stakeholders in his research, Jorge discovered his enthusiasm for environmental science and communication and hands-on experiential teaching. Since then, in positions at University of Washington, Arizona State University, and Conservation International, he honed his skills in developing curricula, teaching at levels from K-12 to university to NGOs and governments, coordinating multimedia, and communicating environmental issues to everyone from children to policy makers at the highest levels. Fluent in Spanish as well as English, Jorge has founded and led national and international initiatives to promote the inclusion and retention of a diverse population in science, including taking on local and national-level leadership roles with the Ecological Society of America SEEDS Program, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists, (INNGE), NSF GK-12 Sustainability Schools Program, and Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) network.

Current Role at Stanford


Associate Director for Environmental Education, Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, Stanford University

Honors & Awards


  • Sustainability Science for Sustainable Schools Fellowship, National Science Foundation GK-12 Program (2015)
  • Minority Graduate Education at Mountain States Alliance (MGE@MSA) Scholarship, Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) and National Science Foundation (2011-2016)
  • National Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation (2011)
  • EcoService Award, Union of Concerned Scientists and Ecological Society of America Student Section (2011)
  • Ford Foundation PreDoctoral Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Fellowship Program (2011, 2012)
  • Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Washington (2007-2009)
  • SEEDS Undergraduate Research Fellowship, SEEDS, Ecological Society of America (2005)

Education & Certifications


  • Ph.D., Arizona State University (2017)
  • M.S., University of Washington (2011)
  • B.S., University of Texas at El Paso (2006)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work


  • Advisory Board Member, Latino Outdoors, Latino Outdoors (9/1/2019)

    Location

    San Francisco

  • Advisory Board Member, SEEDS, Ecological Society of America (8/12/2019 - 8/13/2021)

    Location

    Washington, DC

  • Mentor, Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS), Ecological Society of America (ESA) (8/1/2006 - Present)

    Location

    USA

  • Mentor, Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), SACNAS (8/1/2005 - Present)

    Location

    USA

  • Mentor, Mentoring365, American Geophysical Union, AGU (6/1/2019 - Present)

    Location

    San Francisco

  • Mentor, Ecology + : Broadening Pathways to Ecological Careers through a Collective Impact Approach, Ecological Society of America (5/1/2018 - 4/30/2019)

    Location

    Washington, DC

  • Member, Coalition for Public Understanding of Science (10/17/2019 - Present)

    Location

    USA

Work Experience


  • Manager, Center for Oceans, Conservation International (2017 - 2019)

    Location

    Washington, D.C.

Professional Affiliations and Activities


  • Member, The International Network of Next-Generation Ecologists (INNGE) (2011 - Present)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU) (2010 - Present)
  • Mentor, Strategies for Ecology Education, Diversity and Sustainability (SEEDS-ESA) (2006 - Present)
  • Member, Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER) (2005 - Present)
  • Member, Ecological Society of America (ESA) (2004 - Present)
  • Member, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) (2004 - Present)

All Publications


  • Consumption explains intraspecific variation in nutrient recycling stoichiometry in a desert fish ECOLOGY Moody, E. K., Carson, E. W., Corman, J. R., Espinosa-Perez, H., Ramos, J., Sabo, J. L., Elser, J. J. 2018; 99 (7): 1552–61

    Abstract

    Consumer-driven nutrient recycling can have substantial effects on primary production and patterns of nutrient limitation in aquatic ecosystems by altering the rates as well as the relative supplies of the key nutrients nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P). While variation in nutrient recycling stoichiometry has been well-studied among species, the mechanisms that explain intraspecific variation in recycling N:P are not well-understood. We examined the relative importance of potential drivers of variation in nutrient recycling by the fish Gambusia marshi among aquatic habitats in the Cuatro Ciénegas basin of Coahuila, Mexico. There, G. marshi inhabits warm thermal springs with high predation pressure as well as cooler, surface runoff-fed systems with low predation pressure. We hypothesized that variation in food consumption among these habitats would drive intraspecific differences in excretion rates and N:P ratios. Stoichiometric models predicted that temperature alone should not cause substantial variation in excretion N:P, but that further reducing consumption rates should substantially increase excretion N:P. We performed temperature and diet ration manipulation experiments in the laboratory and found strong support for model predictions. We then tested these predictions in the field by measuring nutrient recycling rates and ratios as well as body stoichiometry of fish from nine sites that vary in temperature and predation pressure. Fish from warm, high-predation sites excreted nutrients at a lower N:P ratio than fish from cool, low-predation sites, consistent with the hypothesis that reduced consumption under reduced predation pressure had stronger consequences for P retention and excretion among populations than did variation in body stoichiometry. These results highlight the utility of stoichiometric models for predicting variation in consumer-driven nutrient recycling within a phenotypically variable species.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/ecy.2372

    View details for Web of Science ID 000436869900005

    View details for PubMedID 29882955

  • Foundations and Frontiers of Ecosystem Science: Legacy of a Classic Paper (Odum 1969) ECOSYSTEMS Corman, J. R., Collins, S. L., Cook, E. M., Dong, X., Gherardi, L. A., Grimm, N. B., Hale, R. L., Lin, T., Reichmann, L. G., Sala, O. E. 2018: 1-13
  • Maximising return on conservation investment in the conterminous USA. Ecology letters Withey, J. C., Lawler, J. J., Polasky, S., Plantinga, A. J., Nelson, E. J., Kareiva, P., Wilsey, C. B., Schloss, C. A., Nogeire, T. M., Ruesch, A., Ramos, J., Reid, W. 2012; 15 (11): 1249–56

    Abstract

    Efficient conservation planning requires knowledge about conservation targets, threats to those targets, costs of conservation and the marginal return to additional conservation efforts. Systematic conservation planning typically only takes a small piece of this complex puzzle into account. Here, we use a return-on-investment (ROI) approach to prioritise lands for conservation at the county level in the conterminous USA. Our approach accounts for species richness, county area, the proportion of species' ranges already protected, the threat of land conversion and land costs. Areas selected by a complementarity-based greedy heuristic using our full ROI approach provided greater averted species losses per dollar spent compared with areas selected by heuristics accounting for richness alone or richness and cost, and avoided acquiring lands not threatened with conversion. In contrast to traditional prioritisation approaches, our results highlight conservation bargains, opportunities to avert the threat of development and places where conservation efforts are currently lacking.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01847.x

    View details for PubMedID 22913646

  • Ecological Society of America’s Initiatives and Contributions during the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill BULLETIN OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Ramos, J., Lymn, N., Salguero-Gomez, R., Power, M. 2012; 93 (2): 115-116
  • The next generation of peer reviewing FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT Zimmerman, N., Salguero-Gomez, R., Ramos, J. 2011; 9 (4): 199-199
  • Special Session 5 Student Diversity: Trail Blazers in Transforming the Culture of Ecology BULLETIN OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Mourad, T., Rino, R., Berkowitz, A. R., Finley, A., Ramos, J. 2009; 90 (1): 103-108
  • SEEDS of a New Millennium BULLETIN OF THE ECOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA Wong, C., Baquera, N., Colon-Rivera, R., Machona, B., McLaughlin, C., Ramos, J., Rivera, A., Sanfiorenzo, C., Face-Collins, M. S., Tooke, T., Vasquez-Radonic, L., Vickery, K. 2006; 87 (3): 225-228