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“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. 

About me

My education

2013 - 2017

Ph.D. Biology

University of North Texas, Department of Biological Sciences, Denton, TX, USA.

Advisor: Dr. Jaime E. Jiménez.

2010 - 2012

M.S. Forestry 

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.



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I conducted my PhD at the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Since then, I continue collaborating with peers on different areas including invasive species management and environmental ethics.


I have been working in Kenya for the last 5 years, using advanced models and remotely sensed data to monitor wildlife populations and guide management programs.


I have led several projects that aim to make complex spatial ecological analytical frameworks and computing demanding processes more accessible to researchers worldwide using Goolge Earth Engine 



I was invited as a guest to the Nature Magic podcast. A lovely conversation with Mary about past experiences and reconnecting with nature.

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Selected peer-reviewed publications

Book chapters



School of Biological, Earth & Environmental Sciences - Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland.


If you are a student interested in conservation biology and/or ecology and looking for opportunities to conduct a Master's or Ph.D. program at University College Cork, contact me with your ideas, interests, and CV.  I do not currently have funding but I am willing to support fellowship applications. 

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