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Ricardo Ramirez

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Agro-Ecology; Integrated Pest Management

Associate Professor - Biology Department

Contact Information

Office Location: BNR 253
DialPhone: 435-797-8088
SendEmail: ricardo.ramirez@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Entomology, Washington State University, 2008
Entomopathogen efficiency against Colorado potato beetle in diverse management systems
MS, Agricultural Biology, (Entomology), New Mexico State University, 2004
The influence of low humidity, Pseudacteon flies, and competition by Solenopsis xyloni on Solenopsis invicta
BS, Agricultural Biology, New Mexico State University, 2001

Awards

USU Research and Graduate Studies Funding Agency Visit Program, 2014

USU Research and Graduate Studies

Presidents Prize- MS student 1st place poster presentation, 2014

Entomological Society of America

SACNAS Leadership Institute , 2014

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

USU New Extension Specialist Award, 2014

USU Extension Specialists Association

Presidents Prize- PhD student 1st place poster presentation, 2013

Entomological Society of America

Communication Award: Western Region Fact Sheet, 2013

National Association of County Agricultural Agents

USU New Extension Specialist - Honorable Mention Award, 2013

USU Extension Specialists Association

Second Place Ten-minute paper, 2007

Washington State University Wiley Exposition

First Place Ten-minute paper , 2007

Pacific branch of the Entomological Society of America

Insect Pathology Ladybird Award, 2007

Midwest Institute for Biological Control

Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2006

Washington State University Entomology

Excellence Scholar, 2006

Washington State University

Second Place Ten-minute poster, 2005

Washington State University Wiley Exposition

Second Place Ten-minute paper, 2005

Pacific Branch of the Entomological Society of America

Third Place poster, 2003

Southwestern Branch of the Entomological Society of America

Publications - Abstracts

  • Pieper, M., Creech, J.E, Hines, S.L, Cardon, G., Ramirez, R., (2016). Silage Corn Hybrid Response to Row Spacing and Plant Density in the Intermountain West. American Society of Agronomy *
  • Pieper, M., Creech, J.E, Hines, S.L, Cardon, G., Ramirez, R., (2016). Silage corn hybrid response to row spacing and plant density. Western Society of Crop Science *
  • Beddes, T., Ramirez, R., (2013). Calcined clay improves germination of arid plant species. Proceedings of the National Association of County Agriculture Agents

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

    • Patterson, R., Ramirez, R., (2017). Beneficial Insects: Minute Pirate Bug.
    • Ramirez, R., (2016). Billbug monitoring using pitfall traps. USU Extension-YouTube *
    • Patterson, R., Ramirez, R., (2016). Aphid Natural Enemies and Biological Control. Utah State University Extension
    • Ruckert, A., Ramirez, R., Israelsen, C.E, (2015). Spider mites in corn.
    • Spears, L., Davis, R., Ramirez, R., (2015). Invasive Insect Look-Alikes Mistaken Insect Identity.
    • Spears, L., Davis, R., Ramirez, R., (2015). Invasive insect look-alikes: mistaken insect identity.
    • Spears, L., Davis, R., Ramirez, R., (2014). Emerald Ash Borer [Agrilus planipennis (Fairmaire)].
    • Spears, L., Ramirez, R., (2014). Emrald Ash Borer. USU Pests Fact Sheet
    • Kopp, K., Davis, R., Ramirez, R., (2013). Chinch Bugs.
    • Pena, N., Ramirez, R., (2013). Avispas 'Chaqueta amarilla', avispones y avespas de papel. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Pena, N., Ramirez, R., (2013). La Arana Hobo. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Pena, N., Ramirez, R., (2013). Spotted Wing Drosophila. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Pena, N., Ramirez, R., (2013). Squash Bug. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Davis, R., Ramirez, R., (2012). Spiders. USU Pests Fact Sheet
    • Patterson, R., Ramirez, R., (2012). Beneficial Mites: Predatory Mites. USU Pests Fact Sheet
    • Pena, N., Ramirez, R., (2011). Chinches de Cama (Bed bugs): Para profesionales en el control de pestes. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Pena, N., Ramirez, R., (2011). Termitas Subterraneas. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Ramirez, R., Patterson, R., Young, F., Pena, N., (2011). Hemiptera Beneficiosos: Damsel Bugs. USU Pests Fact Sheet *
    • Ramirez, R., Patterson, R., (2011). Beneficial True Bugs: Big-eyed Bugs. USU Pests Fact Sheet
    • Ramirez, R., Patterson, R., (2011). Beneficial True Bugs: Damsel Bugs. USU Pests Fact Sheet

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    Publications - Curriculum

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      Publications - Journal Articles

        Academic Journal

      • Scott, J., Nischwitz, C., Ramirez, R., Gordillo, L.G, (2017). Managing the spread of alfalfa stem nematode:the relationship between crop rotation periods and pest re-emergence. Natural Resource Modeling
      • Ramirez, R., Eubanks, M.D, (2016). Herbivore density mediates the indirect effect of herbivores on plants via induced defenses and apparent competition. Ecosphere
      • Spears, L., Ramirez, R., (2015). Learning to love leftovers: Using bycatch to gain entomological knowledge. American Entomologist, 61:3, 168-173. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ae/tmv046
      • Davis, R., Ramirez, R., Anderson, L., Bernhardt, S., (2015). Distribution and habitat of Ixodes pacificus and Dermacentor andersoni and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi in Utah. Journal of Medical Entomology
      • Van Dyke, A., McGraw, B., Ramirez, R., (2015). First report of the invasive crane fly, Tipula oleracea, damaging turf in Utah. Applied Turfgrass Science, doi: doi:10.2134/cftm2015.0124
      • Kulmatiski, A., Anderson-Smith, A., Beard, K.H, Doucette-Riis, S., Mazzacavallo, M., Nolan, N.E, Ramirez, R., Stevens, J.R, (2014). Most soil trophic guilds increase plant growth: a meta-analytical review. Oikos, 123:2, 1409-1419. doi: 10.1111/oik.01767
      • Ramirez, R., Spears, L., (2014). Stem nematode counteracts plant resistance of aphids in alfalfa, Medicago sativa. Journal of Chemical Ecology, 40:10, 1099-1109. doi: 10.1007/s10886-014-0504-3
      • Beddes, T., Richard, A., Ramirez, R., (2013). Calcined clay improves germination of arid plant species. Journal of Environmental Horticulure, 31:2, 89-93.
      • Professional Journal

      • Spears, L., Looney, C., Ikerd, H., Koch, J., Griswold, T., Strange, J., Ramirez, R., (2016). Pheromone lure and trap color affects bycatch in agricultural landscapes of Utah. Environmental Entomology, 45, 1009-1016.
      • Dupuy, M., Ramirez, R., (2016). Biology and management of billbugs (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) in turfgrass. Journal of Integrated Pest Management, 7:1, 1-10. doi: dx.doi.org/10.1093/jipm/pmw004

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      Publications - Literary Journal

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        Publications - MultiMedia

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        Publications - Technical Reports

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          Publications - Translations & Transcripts

            Publications - Other

              Magazine/Trade Publication

            • Ramirez, R., Dupuy, M., (2016). Cutting Edge: Improving a predictive model for billbug management. Golf Course Management (GCM) Magazine *
            • Ramirez, R., (2016). Managing with and against alfalfa stem nematode. Hay and Forage Grower *
            • Ramirez, R., (2015). Monitoring carefully to control west's pests. Turf Magazine *
            • Newsletter

            • Ramirez, R., (2017). Predicting billbug management in Intermountain West turf. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2017). New Russian nesting dolls affecting grain on the horizon. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2016). Genes, drought, and pest management. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2016). Lygus, a disrupter of alfalfa seed production. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2016). Thrips and aphids in alfalfa, one is a major concern. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2016). An alfalfa weevil from the underground. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2015). Neonicotinoids: from innovation to bad word. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2015). Aphids aplenty in alfalfa. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Ramirez, R., (2015). Spring billbug monitoring in turf. USU Turf Advisory *
            • Ramirez, R., (2015). New and increasing pests in turf and alfalfa. Utah Pests Newsletter *
            • Kopp, K., Ramirez, R., Messmer, T.A, (2013). Turfgrass IPM Advisory-Spring 2013.
            • Kopp, K., Ramirez, R., Spears, L., (2012). Turfgrass IPM Advisory-Summer 2012.
            • Kopp, K., Ramirez, R., (2012). Turfgrass IPM Advisory-Spring 2012.

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            Extension

            Civil Rights, 2011 - 2015
            Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS), 2010 - 2015
            IPM Field Crop, 2010 - 2015
            IPM Urban, 2010 - 2015
            UPPDL, 2010 - 2015
            Master Gardener, 2011 - 2014
            Extension Turfgrass Education, 2001 - 2013
            CAPS Coordinator, 2009 - 2013

            Graduate Students Mentored

            Kaitlin Rim, Biology, July 2017
            Morgan Christman, Biology, June 2017
            Gunbharpur Gill, Biology, June 2016
            Andi Kopit, Biology, August 2014
            Madeleine Dupuy, Biology, August 2013
            Houston Judd, Biology, August 2014 - August 2017
            Steven Price, Biology, May 2014 - August 2017
            Alice Ruckert, Biology, August 2012 - May 2017
            Erica Stephens, Biology, August 2011 - May 2015