Tonya Ramey

Tonya Ramey

Adjunct Faculty
College Of Arts And Sciences
Department of Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences


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Dr. Tonya Ramey is a community and ecosystem ecologist working in freshwater and riparian habitat. She is currently a postdoctoral scholar with Texas State University, analyzing the role of leaf litter decomposition in stream metabolism and using aquatic contaminants in riparian food web ecology. Tonya earned her doctorate at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, where she studied factors influencing leaf litter decomposition and invertebrate diversity in riparian zones surrounding headwater streams. Prior to this, she focused on ecotoxicology and conservation at Columbia University in New York for her Master of Arts, and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona for her Bachelor of Science. She enjoys reading history and mystery books, hiking, and exploring local towns on her time off.



Year Name of the award
2011-2019 International Partial Tuition Scholarship, University of British Columbia
2011-2015 Four Year Doctoral Fellowship, University of British Columbia
2012-2013 IMAJO Cedar Management Fund, University of British Columbia
2012 Biology Program Teaching Assistant Professional Development (BioTAP) Certificate, University of British Columbia  
2008 Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, University of Arizona
2005-2008 Wildcat Excellence Award, University of Arizona


Teaching Summary

Year Rank Company/Institute/University
2022-Present Adjunct Faculty Texas A&M San Antonio
2011-2015 Graduate Teaching Assistant University of British Columbia
2009 Graduate Teaching Assistant Columbia University
2008 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant University of Arizona


  • Ramey, TL, Prescott, CE, Richardson, JS. 2020. Influence of moisture, nutrients, and distance from stream on early-stage mass loss of western red cedar leaf litter in headwater riparian forests. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 50 (12): 1391-1398.
  • Ramey, TL. 2019. An experimental test of factors limiting leaf litter mass loss and invertebrate assemblages in riparian zones of forested headwater streams. Doctoral dissertation, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
  • Ramey, TL, Richardson, J.S. 2018. Experimental test of water, nutrients, and microclimate on leaf litter mass loss in headwater riparian forests. Ecosphere 9 (10): e02478.
  • Ramey, TL, Richardson, JS. 2017. Terrestrial invertebrates in the riparian zone: mechanisms underlying their unique diversity. BioScience 67 (9): 808-819.
  • Wilson, MJ, Ramey, TL, Donaldson, MR, Germain, RR, Perkin, EK. 2016. Communicating science: Sending the right message to the right audience. Facets 1 (1): 127-137.

Courses Teaching

Subject Number Section Description Term Syllabus
WATR 3325 600 Aquatic System Science Fall 2022 Syllabi