Following a Ph.D. in Aquatic Ecology and Ecotoxicology at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Madrid, Spain), Camargo went to USA in 1990 for a postdoc at Colorado State University and Clemson University, returning to Spain four years later.
He was appointed staff scientist at the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC, Spain) and staff professor at Universidad de Alcala (UA, Spain) in 1998, teaching and researching at this university until present.
Camargo’s research interest involves multiple scales, from the fate and effects of pollutants to the thermodynamic properties of biological evolution. Camargo teaches courses on Limnology, Ecotoxicology, Evolutionary Ecology, and Conservation and Restoration of Aquatic Ecosystems.
He has published over 75 scientific papers.
- Camargo J.A. 1992. Macroinvertebrate responses along the recovery gradient of a regulated river (Spain) receiving an industrial effluent. Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 24: 324-332.
- Camargo J.A. 1992. Can dominance influence stability in competitive interactions? Oikos, 64: 605-609.
- Camargo J.A. 1993. Must dominance increase with the number of subordinate species in competitive interactions? Journal of Theoretical Biology, 161: 537-542.
- Camargo, J.A. 1995. On measuring species evenness and other associated parameters of community structure. Oikos, 74: 538-542. 1995.
- Camargo, J.A. 1998. A thermodynamic perspective on natural selection. Acta Biotheoretica, 46: 65-75.
- Camargo, J.A. 2002. Contribution of Spanish-American silver mines (1570-1820) to the present high mercury concentrations in the global environment: a review. Chemosphere, 48: 51-57.
- Camargo, J.A. 2003. Fluoride toxicity to aquatic organisms: a review. Chemosphere, 50: 251-264.
- Camargo, J.A. & A. Alonso. 2006. Ecological and toxicological effects of inorganic nitrogen pollution in aquatic ecosystems: a global assessment. Environment International, 32: 831-849.