Mauricio Ramirez

Ph.D. Student

Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Avenue, 219 Hodson Hall
St. Paul, MN 55108
United States

Robin Thomson

M.S. in Limnology: National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico



Mexico City, Mexico

Why Insects?

Insects dominate planet Earth, the most diverse group of animals. They play a preponderant role in ecosystems and yet we do not know their real diversity in its totality.

Why University of Minnesota?

The University of Minnesota has one of the most comprehensive entomological collections in the world. Working in this collection opens the door to a lot of material from different groups, especially Trichoptera. The university facilities are one of the things I like the most. Also, the staff is fantastic.


Continue efforts in diversity and ecology studies on Mexican aquatic insects.

Favorite Insect

Species of the genus Leptonema.

Other interests/hobbies

I like to play soccer and basketball. I also like to dance salsa or reggaeton. I also love to travel and go on field trips.

Coffee or tea?

Definitely coffee, but I also like Argentine "mate".

Areas of Interest

Taxonomy and systematics of the subfamily Stactobiinae (Hydroptilidae).