Camilo Alejo

Camilo Alejo

Postdoctoral Fellow

Humanity has been able to transform every aspect of the biosphere. While this transformation has resulted in the current climate and other social-ecological crises, diverse societies, along with their knowledge systems and values, have demonstrated to be effective stewards of nature and key agents toward equitable and sustainable futures. For those reasons, Camilo is interested in understanding the current and potential nature-based solutions emerging from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities across the American continent. Camilo holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia), M.Sc. in Biodiversity Conservation and Use from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia), and a Ph.D. (c) in Biology from McGill University (Canada).

What Camilo likes to study

Issues related to local livelihoods, cultural values, traditional knowledge, conservation, and climate change mitigation in Indigenous Lands and Protected Areas using geospatial analysis and participatory methods.

What Camilo recommends

The following are some interesting items you might want to check out:

  • The Land-Gap report 2022. An essential reading that highlights some unrealistic assumptions about land-carbon removal and carbon offsets to mitigate the effects of climate change. 
  • Brondízio et al. 2021. A compelling review of how Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities contribute to addressing the current social-ecological crises. 
  • Alejo et al. 2021 and Alejo et al. 2022. These research collaborations aimed to establish how Indigenous Peoples’ and Local Communities’ stewardship of neotropical forests is contributing to climate change mitigation and forest conservation.