“Utopia lies at the horizon. When I draw nearer by two steps, it retreats two steps. If I proceed ten steps forward, it swiftly slips ten steps ahead. No matter how far I go, I can never reach it. What, then, is the purpose of utopia? It is to cause us to advance.” E. Galeano
I am Ramiro D. Crego, an ecologist from Argentina. My research interests are in the field of ecology and conservation biology.
I have been conducting studies focused on assessing methodological and theoretical approaches that can bridge the gap between ecological systems and human society. I am interested in the most fundamental state variables in ecology, distribution and abundance of species, and how these state variables respond to rapid global changes. These include, invasive species, climate change and different human activities, such as, livestock production. My work has had an emphasis on birds and mammals inhabiting semi-arid grasslands of Argentina and Kenya, and temperate forests in southern Chile.
In my studies I use a combination of field data collection, remote sensing and advanced modeling techniques. Results from different studies have a main focus on creating information that can help managers to make science-based decisions to protect the environment and the people that live and depend on it.
I am also interested in addressing the interconnection between ecology and society from an environmental philosophy framework. I have worked under a biocultural conservation approach, using metaphors that integrate ecological research with philosophy and native American worldviews. Metaphors combine diverse forms of knowledge and help to guide narratives and cultural reformulations that are required to address the ecological crisis.
2013 - 2017
University of North Texas, Department of Biological Sciences, Denton, TX, USA.
Advisor: Dr. Jaime E. Jiménez.
2010 - 2012
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Department of Forestry, Carbondale, IL, USA. Advisor: Dr. Clayton K. Nielsen.
2002 - 2008
B.S. Biology, specialized in Zoology
College of Natural Sciences and Museum Studies, National University of La Plata, La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Conservation Ecology Center
National Zoological Park
1500 Remount Rd.
Front Royal, VA 22630