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



Fletcher RJ, Didham RK, Banks-Leite C, et al., 2018, Is habitat fragmentation good for biodiversity?, Biological Conservation, Vol:226, ISSN:0006-3207, Pages:9-15

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

Hatfield JH, Harrison MLK, Banks-Leite C, 2018, Functional diversity metrics: how they are affected by landscape change and how they represent ecosystem functioning in the tropics, Current Landscape Ecology Reports, Vol:3, ISSN:2364-494X, Pages:35-42

Hasui É, Metzger JP, Pimentel RG, et al., 2018, ATLANTIC BIRDS: a data set of bird species from the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Ecology, Vol:99, ISSN:0012-9658, Pages:497-497

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

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