For the first time in human history, people living in cities now dominate the world’s population. Urbanization has significant effects on global biodiversity through increased demands for natural resources, landscape modifications, and habitat alterations. As urbanization and its consequences for biodiversity accelerate, understanding the nexus between ecology, social science, and urban planning is more important than ever. I work to understand how urban environments – both the physical and social – shape species distributions, populations, communities, and behaviors. Through my research, I hope to better understand fundamental ecological processes in urban ecosystems that can be applied to future urban planning and help conserve biological diversity in cities.
Gallo, T., E.W. Lehrer, M. Fidino, R.J. Kilgour, P.J. Wolff, S. Magle. 2018. Need for multiscale planning for conservation of urban bats. Conservation Biology. 32:638-647. PDF
Gallo, T., M. Fidino, E.W. Lehrer, S. Magle. 2017. Mammal diversity and metacommunity dynamics in urban green spaces: implications for urban wildlife conservation. Ecological Applications. 27:2330–2341. PDF
Miller, A., E. Goad, T. Gallo, L. Pejchar, L. Bailey, S. Reed. 2017. The impact of exurban housing density on wintering birds. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. 129:85-97. PDF