Giulio De Leo is a theoretical ecologist by formation, generally 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 he has been particularly interested in investigating factors and processes that provide resilience of natural or managed population to natural and anthropogenic stressors, environmental shocks and climate change.
De Leo has 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, the biocontrol of schistososmiasis in west Africa and the relationship between resource exploitation, infectious diseases and poverty traps.
He is the scientific director of the newly established Center for Disease Ecology, Health and the Environment at Stanford.
De Leo's 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).