Isabel Ramírez is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Guadalajara and a PhD in Geography from the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). She completed her training at the Colegio de México (COLMEX) as part of the International LEAD Program (Leadership for Environment and Development).
Throughout her academic training and professional experience, she has worked on various issues that converge or start from land use (Land System Science). She has published papers on landscape ecology, vegetation dynamics and land use, conservation and community management of forests, forest governance and policy, and environmental history. Most of her research work, student training, and collaboration with national and international colleagues focus on environmental conservation and rural development of the monarch butterfly region in Mexico.
She has received several awards, among which the National University Distinction for Young Academics (UNAM 2009), and the Pollinator Advocate Award for Mexico (NAPPC 2011) stand out. She is a member of the board of directors of the Monarch Butterfly Fund since 2009.