Saint Louis University

Dr. Gerardo Camilo

Associate Professor - Ph.D. in Zoology, Texas Tech University; Conservation Fellows, St. Louis Zoo

Contact Information:
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.


Numbere, A. O. and G. R. Camilo. 2016. Mangrove leaf litter decomposition under mangrove forest stands with different levels of pollution in the Niger River Delta, Nigeria. African Journal of Ecology (in press).

Numbere, A. O., and Camilo, G. R. 2016. Herbivory along a hydrocarbon pollution gradient in the mangrove (Rhizophora racemosa) of the Niger River Delta, Nigeria. African Journal of Ecology (in press)

Wang, P., Numbere, A. O., and Camilo, G. R. 2016. Long-term changes in the mangrove landscape of the Niger river delta, Nigeria. American Journal of Environmental Sciences (in press)

Burr, A., Shaeg, N. Muñiz, P. A., Camilo, G. R. and Hall, D. H. 2016. Wild Bees in the City: Reimagining Urban Spaces for Pollinator Health. Consilience (in press)

Hall, D. M., Camilo, G. R. , Tonietto, R. K., et al. 2016. The city as a refuge for insect pollinators: conservation for the city. Conservation Biology (in press)

Domic, A. & G. R. Camilo. 2014. Seed germination performance of an Andean wind-pollinated tree: From fruits to populations. Forest Ecology and Management

Ren, Z-X., H. Wang, P. Bernhardt, G. R. Camilo, & D-J. Li. 2014. Which food-mimic floral trait and environmental factors influence the fecundity in a rare orchid, Calanthe yaoshanensis? Journal of the Linnean Botanical Society

Domic, A. I., Mamani, E., & Camilo, G. 2013. Fenología reproductiva de la kewiña (Polylepis tomentella, Rosaceae) en la puna semihúmeda de Chuquisaca (Bolivia). Ecología en Bolivia, 48:31-45.

Domic, A. I, G. R. Camilo & J. M. Capriles. 2013. Small-scale farming and grazing reduce regeneration of Polylepis tomentella (Rosaceae) in the semiarid Andes of Bolivia. Biotropica. DOI: 10.1111/btp.12075

Asa, C. S., Bauman, K. L., Devery, S., Zordan, M., Camilo, G. R., Boutelle, S., & Moresco, A. 2013. Factors associated with uterine endometrial hyperplasia and pyometra in wild canids: implications for fertility. Zoo Biology. DOI: 10.1002/zoo.21069

Brokaw et al. 2012. Response to disturbance. Pp. 201-268 in Brokaw et al., eds. A Caribbean forest tapestry: the multidimensional nature of disturbance and response. Oxford University Press.

McDowell et al. 2012. Geographical and ecological setting. Pp. 42-72 268 in Brokaw et al., eds. A Caribbean forest tapestry: the multidimensional nature of disturbance and response. Oxford University Press.

Ghebretinsae, A. G., S. A. Graham, G. R. Camilo and J. C. Barber. 2008. Natural infraspecific variation in fatty acid composition of Cuphea (Lythraceae) seed oils. Industrial Crops and Products 27:279-287.

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.

Updated 04/06/2016