Travis Gallo, Ph.D.


Conservation & Science


Urban Wildlife Institute


Adjunct Scientist


Ph.D. – Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
M.S. – Biology, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi

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Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation science
  • Wildlife ecology
  • Community ecology
  • Population dynamics
  • Science communication


Travis is broadly interested in the drivers of global land-use changes and how they impact animal populations and communities. His knowledge and expertise lie at the nexus of conservation biology, quantitative ecology, and environmental policy.

In a rapidly urbanizing world, cities are often overlooked as important components to conserving biological diversity. Travis works to understand how urban environments—both the physical and social environment—influence animal populations and communities, and how we can further incorporate this new information into future urban planning to help conserve biological diversity in cities.

Conservation problems are complex, involving a variety of environmental and social variables. Therefore, apart from studying animal communities, Travis has and continues to work in the realms of citizen science, science communication, and diversity and equality in conservation science. In general, Travis strives to use science to create better tools for conserving natural systems.


  • Magle, S. B., Fidino, M., Lehrer, E. W., Gallo, T., Mulligan, M. P., Ríos, M. J., Ahlers, A. A., Angstmann, J., Belaire, A., Dugelby, B., Gramza, A., Hartley, L., MacDougall, B., Ryan, T., Salsbury, C., Sander, H., Schell, C., Simon, K., Onge, S. S., & Drake, D. 2019. Advancing urban wildlife research through a multi-city collaboration. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(4), 232–239.
  • Potratz, E. J., Brown, J. S., Gallo, T., Anchor, C., & Santymire, R. M.   2019. Effects of demography and urbanization on stress and body condition in urban white-tailed deer. Urban Ecosystems, Early View.
  • Gallo, T., & Fidino, M. 2018. Biodiversity: Making wildlife welcome in urban areas. eLife, 7, e41348.
  • Farr, C., D. Bennett, S. Bombaci, T. Gallo, A. Mangan, T. Nogeire, H. Riedl. L. Stinson, K. Wilkins, L. Pejchar. 2017. Distinguished speakers as role models: addressing the gender gap at professional conferences. Bioscience. 67:464-468..
  • Gallo, T., Fidino, M., Lehrer, E. W., & Magle, S. B. 2017. Mammal diversity and metacommunity dynamics in urban green spaces: implications for urban wildlife conservation. Ecological Applications. 27:2330–2341.
  • Gallo, T., L.T. Stinson, L. Pejchar. 2017. Mitigation for energy development fails to mimic natural disturbance for birds and mammals. Biological Conservation. 212:39-47.
  • Gallo, T., Lehrer, E. W., Fidino, M., Kilgour, R. J., Wolff, P. J., & Magle, S. 2017. Need for multiscale planning for conservation of urban bats. Conservation Biology: The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology.
  • Bombaci, S., T. Gallo, L. Pejchar. 2017. Small-scale woodland reduction practices have neutral or negative short-term effects on birds and small mammals. Rangeland Ecology and Management. 70:363-373.
  • 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.
  • Riedl, H., D. Bennett, A. Mangan, L. Stinson, K. Wilkins, T. Gallo, L. Pejchar. 2017. The Paradox of the Carnivorous Conservationist. Biological Conservation. 205: 11-112. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.11.015.
  • Gallo, T. and L. Pejchar 2017. Woodland reduction and long-term change in breeding bird communities. Journal of Wildlife Management. 81:259-268.
  • Gallo, T. and L. Pejchar. 2016. Improving habitat for game animals has mixed consequences for biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation. 197: 47-52.
  • Gallo, T., L.T. Stinson, L. Pejchar. 2016. Pinyon-juniper removal has long-term effects on mammals. Forest Ecology and Management 377:93-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.06.029.
  • Bombaci, S., C. Farr, T. Gallo, A. Mangan, L. Stinson, M. Kaushik, L. Pejchar. 2016. Using Twitter to communicate conservation science beyond professional conferences. Conservation Biology 30: 216-225. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12570.
  • Gallo. T. and D. Waitt. 2011. Creating a successful citizen science model to detect and report invasive species. BioScience 61: 459-465.