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

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!



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



Ulrich W, Banks-Leite C, De Coster G, et al., 2018, Environmentally and behaviourally mediated co-occurrence of functional traits in bird communities of tropical forest fragments, Oikos, Vol:127, ISSN:0030-1299, Pages:274-284

Hatfield JH, Orme CDL, Tobias JA, et al., 2018, Trait-based indicators of bird species sensitivity to habitat loss are effective within but not across data sets, Ecological Applications, Vol:28, ISSN:1051-0761, Pages:28-34

Pfeifer M, Lefebvre V, Peres CA, et al., 2017, Creation of forest edges has a global impact on forest vertebrates, Nature, Vol:551, ISSN:0028-0836, Pages:187-+

Collins CD, Banks-Leite C, Brudvig LA, et al., 2017, Fragmentation affects plant community composition over time, Ecography, Vol:40, ISSN:0906-7590, Pages:119-130

Resasco J, Bruna EM, Haddad NM, et al., 2017, The contribution of theory and experiments to conservation in fragmented landscapes, Ecography, Vol:40, ISSN:0906-7590, Pages:109-118

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