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Jorge Ramos

Jorge Ramos

PhD, 2017, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Stanford University


  • PhD, 2017, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Jorge Ramos earned a Bachelor of Science degree at The University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Science degree at the University of Washington in Forest Resources. Jorge completed his Ph.D. 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 Ph.D., 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 policymakers 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.


  • PhD, Environmental Life Sciences, Arizona State University, 2017
  • MS, Forest Resources, University of Washington, 2011
  • BS (cum laude), Environmental Sciences, University of Texas-El Paso, 2006

Journal Articles


Corman, J. R., S. L. Collins, E. M. Cook, X. Dong, L. A. Gherardi, N. B. Grimm, R. L. Hale, T. Liu, J. Ramos, L. G. Reichmann and O. E. Sala. 2019. Foundations and frontiers of ecosystem science: Legacy of a classic paper (Odum 1969). Ecosystems 22(5):1160-1172. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-018-0316-3. (link )


Moody, E. K., E. W. Carson, J. R. Corman, H. Espinosa-Perez, J. Ramos, J. L. Sabo and J. J. Elser. 2018. Consumption explains intraspecific variation in nutrient recycling stoichiometry in a desert fish. Ecology 99(7):1552-1561. DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2372. (link )



Ramos, J. and D. L. Childers. 2016. Drying and rewetting periods trigger high pulses of greenhouse gases in wetland mesocosms from Tres Rios permanently flooded constructed treatment wetland. Poster presented at the Central Arizona-Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research Eighteenth Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 15 January 2016, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Ramos, J., P. Susanto and D. L. Childers. 2015. A new vegetation chamber to investigate the role of macrophytes in the CH4 and N2O gas fluxes from the Tres Rios constructed wetland in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Ramos, J., E. J. Chapman and D. L. Childers. 2014. Spatial and temporal variability of annual greenhouse gas fluxes from a constructed wetland in an arid region. Poster presented at the 16th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientists Meeting, January 17, 2014, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Ramos, J., E. J. Chapman, N. A. Weller and D. L. Childers. 2013. Trace gas fluxes from the Tres Rios wetllands project in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )



Ramos, J. and D. L. Childers. 2016. Experimental drying and re-flooding hydrological regimes trigger high and low pulses of greenhouse gas fluxes in mesocosms from a permanently-flooded constructed treated wetland. Presentation at the ESA Annual Meeting 2016: Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene, 7-12 August 2016, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (link )


Ramos Jr, J., P. Susanto and D. L. Childers. 2015. A new vegetation chamber to investigate the role of macrophytes in the CH4 and N2O gas fluxes from constructed wetland in Phoenix, AZ. Presentation at the Ecological Science at the Frontier: Celebrating the ESA Centennial 1915-2015, 9-14 August 2015, Baltimore, Maryland. (link )


Childers, D. L., J. Hannan, J. Ramos, C. A. Sanchez, L. J. Turnbull and N. A. Weller. 2013. When plant-mediated water flows increase biogeochemical efficiency in an aridland urban treatment wetland, and pleasantly surprise the engineers. Presentation at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link )


Ramos, J. 2012. How does seasonal variability affect ecosystem processes in a constructed wetland located in an arid urban region?. Presentation at the February 2012 10th Annual Arizona MGE@MSE/WASEO Conference, Tempe, AZ.

Thesis (PhD)


Ramos, J. 2017. Methane and Nitrous Oxide Fluxes from Water, Plants, and Soils of a Constructed Treatment Wetland in Phoenix, AZ. PhD Dissertation. Arizona State University. (link )

2nd Place Student Poster Award, CAP LTER 16th Annual All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, Skysong, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2014