PhD, Entomology, Washington State University, Seattle, Washington, 2008
MS, Agricultural Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2004
BS, Agricultural Biology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2001
Integrated pest management and insect ecology
Dr. Ramirez examines the interactions among natural enemies, herbivorous arthropods, and plants in managed systems. He works at the interface of basic and applied research, using ecological theory within the framework of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). The goal of his research is to find solutions to herbivorous pest problems that are economically and environmentally sound to enhance ecologically-based pest management. Using field, greenhouse, and laboratory studies he examines plant-arthropod and predator-prey interactions, population and community ecology, and environmental factors that may impact herbivore suppression.