Leo is a Lecturer in the Department of Entomology (College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences, CMNS). He has broad interests in ecology, evolution, conservation biology, and organismal biology. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolution from Stony Brook University and did postdoctoral work at the Smithsonian Institution (National Zoological Park Molecular Genetics Lab), UC-Berkeley, and USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center (Systematic Entomology Lab). He has worked with a variety of arthropods and birds.
Leo teaches two core biology courses offered through CMNS, BSCI 160 (Principle of Ecology & Evolution) and BSCI 207 (Organismal Biology), and supervises BSCI 161 (Principles of Ecology & Evolution Lab). He is interested in redesigning BSCI 160, especially the treatment of the diversity of organisms, to increase levels of student engagement.