Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)




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Research Focus - Dr. Cristina Banks-Leite

I investigate how communities are structured in fragmented landscapes of tropical regions. Current research addresses the following questions:

  • which assembly rules are responsible for structuring communities in fragmented landscapes
  • which traits are the best predictors of species extinction
  • how community disassembly caused by habitat disturbance affects functional diversity
  • which species are more important to ecosystem functioning
  • thresholds and decline of functional diversity
  • how the loss of functional diversity affects nutrient cycling

Paper download:

A copy of "Using ecological thresholds to evaluate the costs and benefits of set-asides in a biodiversity hotspot" can be downloaded as a pdf reprint or as full online text. Please help yourself!


NERC Impact Award video

This is our group (2019), if you want to join us, please send me an email

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Academic History

  • Ph.D. (Ecology). 2009. Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • M.Sc. (Tropical Ecology). 2004. Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia, Brazil
  • B.Sc. (Biology). 2002. Universidade Federal de São Carlos, Brazil



Orme CDL, Mayor S, Dos Anjos L, et al., 2019, Publisher Correction: Distance to range edge determines sensitivity to deforestation., Nat Ecol Evol

Orme D, Mayor S, dos Anjos L, et al., 2019, Distance to range edge determines sensitivity to deforestation, Nature Ecology and Evolution, ISSN:2397-334X

Kehoe L, Reis T, Virah-Sawmy M, et al., 2019, Make EU trade with Brazil sustainable, Science, Vol:364, ISSN:0036-8075, Pages:341.1-341

Rodrigues RC, Hasui É, Assis JC, et al., 2019, ATLANTIC BIRD TRAITS: a data set of bird morphological traits from the Atlantic forests of South America, Ecology, ISSN:0012-9658

Hatfield JH, Orme CDL, Banks-Leite C, 2018, Using functional connectivity to predict potential meta-population sizes in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, Vol:16, ISSN:2530-0644, Pages:215-220

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