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ABOUT ME & SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:
I was born in the USA but was raised in beautiful Mexico, where my passion for biodiversity was sparked. I moved back to Texas to attend the University of Texas at El Paso from which I graduated in 2006 with a BS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Biology. During my undergraduate career, I participated in many research opportunities that allowed me to learn much about the science of ecology and its interactions with human activities in very different ecosystems while studying a wide variety of organisms; all the way from the Chihuahuan desert to the Arctic tundra, and from invertebrates, amphibians to marine mammals. In 2010 I completed my Master of Science at the University of Washington in the School of Forest Resources, College of the Environment. For my MS, I investigated how the distributions of aquatic breeding amphibians in seasonally flooded wetlands can be influenced by multi-scale habitat patterns in the Puget Sound region. In the Fall of 2010, I began my PhD studies in the Environmental Life Sciences program at Arizona State University located in beautiful Tempe, Arizona. I am working with Dr. Dan Childers in his Wetland Ecosystems Ecology lab. The broad research topics that the lab tackles are questions related to the hydrology and biogeochemistry of wetlands.
Another of my passions is to always be involved in enhancing the collaboration and the diversification of the sciences. I know that a stronger science results from a greater diverse of minds and thoughts. With a wider pool of perspectives, experiences, and challenges in our backgrounds, our potential to ask better, broader, and more applicable questions and solutions is automatically amplified. I have always been involved in student organizations that believe and pursue this goal in all sciences. This is why I am a very active member in SEEDS, SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in Science), and FOSEP (Forum on Science, Ethics, and Policy) and look forward to serve as bridge between any of these and the SS.
If you have any questions about the ESA Student Section contact me, I will be happy to try to help you out!
jramos10 (at) asu.edu