Department of Biology
Dr. Gerardo Camilo
Associate Professor - Ph.D. in Zoology, Texas Tech University; Conservation Fellows, St. Louis Zoo
Phone: (314) 977-3914
Fax: (314) 977-3658
Mail: Department of Biology, St. Louis University, 3507 Laclede Ave. St. Louis, MO 63103-2010
Courses: General Ecology, Ecological Ethics, Biometry, Advanced Biometry
Research Interests: My research focuses on understanding the role that space has on ecological processes and structures. Most of my work centers around populations and communities in the tropics. In Nicaragua, we are working in the Bosawas Biosphere Reserve where two indigenous groups live, the Miskito and the Mayangna. This is large collaborative project with the St. Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden. The main question we are investigating is the role that the indigenous people have in the conservation of the reserve. Specifically, I'm researching if the hunting rates that we are currently observing are sustainable over longer periods of time. We use wildlife transects, remote sensing, and data collected with indigenous hunters to assess those patterns. More recently, I started collaborations with researchers in Bolivia to apply similar spatial analysis techniques to conservation issues ranging from the Bolivian Amazon to the Andean altiplano.
Research Opportunities: There are several research opportunities for students in my lab. Biodiversity distribution in green public spaces in relation to income inequalities, Ecology of insect-plant interactions in tropical systems and Statistical ecology of vector species.
McDowell, W. H, et al. 2012. Geographic and ecological setting of the Luquillo Mountains. Chapter 3 in: N. Brokaw, T.A. Crowl, A.E. Lugo, W.H. McDowell, F.N. Scatena, R.B. Waide and M.R. Willig, eds., A Caribbean Forest Tapestry: The multidimensional nature of disturbance and response, Oxford University Press.
Brokaw, N., et al. 2012. Response to disturbance. Chapter 5 in: N. Brokaw, T.A. Crowl, A.E. Lugo, W.H. McDowell, F.N. Scatena, R.B. Waide and M.R. Willig, eds., A Caribbean Forest Tapestry: The multidimensional nature of disturbance and response, Oxford University Press.
Dumonceaux, G. A., J. E. Bauman, and G. R. Camilo. 2006. Evaluation of progesterone levels un feces of captive reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 37:255-261.
Camilo, G. R. 2005. Managemen, heterogeneity, and landscape diversity of the Missouri Ozarks. Pp. 161-168 in A. C. Newstad, E. D. Lowenstein & G. Iffrig (eds) Fifty Years of Sustainable Forestry in the Ozarks: A symposium honoring Pioneer Forest. USDA Forest Service, Northcentral Experiment Forest Station General Technical Communication GN-136.
Salick, J. et al. 2003, Intellectual imperatives in ethnobotany. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis, MO.