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Ismael Ramirez

Research Q & A

What’s your hometown?

Mexico City!

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the control of the invasive avian vampire fly (Philornis downsi) in Galapagos. This fly is responsible for the decline of Darwin’s finches populations. This is a conservation effort to protect endangered bird species from possible extinction.

How are you working toward that goal?

I am researching a natural enemy of the fly; the goal is to bring that natural enemy to Galapagos to control the vampire fly (biological control).

Where are you working on research/field work?

Most of my fieldwork research happens in the western forests of Mainland Ecuador and in the Galapagos Islands. Also, in a lab behind a computer.

What would be the five song soundtrack to your research work/What five songs do you listen to most while you work?

  • “Lost on you” by LP
  • “Air” by Sam Dew
  • “Fire for you” by Cannons
  • “Hey now” by London Grammar
  • “Watermelon sugar” by Harry Styles.


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