Aaron Ramus

 About Me

I am a PhD student in the Department of Biology and Marine Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

I am passionate about understanding ecological and biophysical processes that shape marine food webs and the consequences of those processes becoming increasingly altered in our rapidly changing world.

Our lab thinks about marine ecological interactions and evolutionary concepts of chemical communication. We work on biofouling, environmental toxicology, ecology and reproduction of benthic gastropods, as well as the movement and habitat use of blue crabs.

My research questions are inspired by observation and a deep interest in the past, present, and potential future causality of changes in the natural world around us.

I am particularly interested in how changes in biological and physical processes shape the diversity, organization, and functioning of nearshore marine food webs. I’d also like to know how these changes impact the services that ecosystems provide to humans, as well as how we might optimize management strategies to mitigate these impacts. These are broad questions, so my experimental studies span multiple levels of biological organization and modes of inquiry in order to test widely-held assumptions and reinforce our understanding of the natural world. My aim is to provide a holistic perspective and enable robust predictions on how ecologically and economically important coastal systems will respond to intense human perturbation. This work is particularly relevant to conservation because human activities have profoundly altered many of the fundamental biological and physical processes of our planet, yet the fate of man and nature are invariably bound together along the coast.

I’m an ecologist with a huge heart for coastal environments and the marine life that they support. In my research, I like to think holistically about biological and physical processes shape marine food webs and am passionate about understanding the consequences of those processes becoming increasingly altered in our rapidly changing world. My day to day research efforts are focused on community ecology of intertidal flats and tidal wetlands, natural history and conservation of coastal habitats, marine plant-animal interactions and biodiversity–ecosystem functioning relationships, and the consequences of biological invasions.

My primary research focuses on community ecology of human-dominated coastal ecosystems.

I am a PhD student at UNCW studying ecology with emphasis on marine systems.

I am a community ecologist

I am broadly interested in how ecological interactions shape marine food webs and the conseuqneces of those processes becoming increasingly altered in our rapidly changing world

the factors that threaten coastal environments and the consequences of

deeply intrigued by causality through time

ecology of human dominated ecosystems

Our work examines the ecology of human-dominated coastal ecosystems

I am passionate about understanding factors affecting the health and resilience of coral reefs to killer climate stressors. As an experimental marine ecologist, I study food webs and positive species interactions to inform strategies for coral restoration and conservation.

In my research,

My studies span multiple levels of biological organization and modes of inquiry in order to test widely-held assumptions and provide robust predictions on how to avoid adverse environmental and socioeconomic consequences.

Community ecologist focusing on coastal systems. Research themes include

facilitation, natural history, biodiversity- ecosystem functioning relationships, consumer and resource control, conseuqences of biological invasions, consumer and resource control of food web dynamics

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The majority of my work has been with plant and animal communities on the temperate shorelines of the Western Atlantic, particularly those found in intertidal habitats of the South Atlantic Bight such as mudflats, rubble structures and wetlands.

 
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Contact Info

Aaron P. Ramus

PhD Student & Teaching Assistant

Department of Biology and Marine Biology
University of North Carolina Wilmington
601 S College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 252-241-8281
Email: aaron.ramus@gmail.com
Office: 2027 Friday Hall

Education:
B.S. 2011 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S. 2014 University of North Carolina Wilmington

Curriculum Vitae: PDF
My position on the Marine Ecology Family Tree
Google Scholar page
ResearchGate profile
GitHub: @apramus
Twitter: @AaronRamus
Instagram: @apramus

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Aaron’s Story

My approach to science has been shaped by numerous experiences with professors, students , and collaborators over the years. I am a native of Beaufort, NC, and I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and it was during this time that my passion for ecological research and marine conservation was first sparked; specifically while enumerating invertebrates from the Radio Island Jetty under a stereomicroscope. Next, I received my MS from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (multitrophic diversity-stability relationships). I am currently working on my PhD at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. At UNCW, I’ve taught labs to undergraduates focusing on topics from scientific writing to methodological techniques, such as wetland delineation. 

My approach to science has been shaped by numerous experiences with professors, students and collaborators over the years. Native to Beaufort, NC, I pursued my undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and it was during this time that my passion for ecological research and marine conservation was first sparked; specifically while enumerating invertebrates from the Radio Island Jetty under a stereomicroscope. Next, I spent two summers conducting research at the Duke Marine Lab as an REU and Bookhout Research Scholar. More recently, I received my MS from UNCW; my thesis focused on multitrophic diversity-stability relationships in hard-substratum communities (e.g., jetties, pilings, seawalls).

While I'm currently cultivating my interests as a researcher and developing my toolkit, I also remain passionate about sustainability, teaching, and science communication. 

Since 2011 my teaching efforts have focused on cell biology and general ecology laboratories at UNCW.  I’ve taught a wide range of topics to undergraduates including scientific writing, invertebrate zoology, and methodological techniques, such as wetland delineation. Previously I also spent two summers working as a naturalist guide on kayak tours in Wilmington, NC, and I particularly enjoyed working where I was able to educate and inspire younger people with hands-on activities and fun facts. 

At UNCW, I’ve taught labs to undergraduates focusing on topics from scientific writing to methodological techniques, such as wetland delineation. I particularly enjoyed working where I was able to educate and inspire younger people with hands-on activities and fun facts. While I'm currently cultivating my interests as a researcher and developing my toolkit, I also remain passionate about sustainability, teaching, and science communication. Because of this, I'm always striving to become involved with initiatives that promote public awareness of the environment, and that seek to unite people from diverse backgrounds. As a graduate student, I hope to continue developing a suite of skills that will allow me to approach increasingly complex and interrelated questions using a range of analytical and experimental techniques. 

I particularly enjoyed working where I was able to educate and inspire younger people with hands-on activities and fun facts. 
Because of this, I'm always striving to become involved with initiatives that promote public awareness of the environment, and that seek to unite people from diverse backgrounds. 

While I'm currently cultivating my interests as a researcher and developing my scientific toolkit, I also remain passionate about sustainability, teaching, and science communication. 

As a graduate student, I hope to continue developing a suite of skills that will allow me to approach increasingly complex and interrelated questions using a range of analytical and experimental techniques. 

Thanks for visiting and feel free to contact me.