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Giulio De Leo

Professor of Biology, Population Dynamics & Management
Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment


I am a theoretical ecologist by formation, I am interested in investigating factors and processes driving the dynamics of natural and harvested populations and in understanding how to use this knowledge to inform practical management.

In recent years I have been particularly keen to study the resilience of natural and managed population to anthropogenic stressors, environmental shocks and climate change. I investigate resilience from two very different view points: on the one hand, I focus my attention on populations that are resilient despite our effort to control and eradicate them, typically parasitic and infectious diseases. On the other hand, I have been working extensively to understand how to increase resilience of population of commercial or conservation interest to extensive harvesting, environmental shocks, climate and land use change.

I have been working on a number of theoretical and applied problems ranging from the conservation of the European eel to the sustainable management of the abalone fishery in Baja California in the face of climate change and ocean acidification, the biocontrol of schistososmiasis in west Africa and the relationship between resource exploitation, infectious diseases and poverty traps.

I am the scientific director of the newly established Center for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment at Stanford.

My research is sponsored by US National Science Foundation (CNH and OA programs), NIH (EEID program), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (phase II), Stanford Woods Institute for Environment (EVP program), Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies (Global Development and Poverty Initiative program), the Italian Ministry of Agriculture (Fishery and Aquaculture Department).


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