Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2289c.banks




2.2MunroSilwood Park





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!


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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



Banks-Leite C, Larrosa C, Carrasco LR, et al., 2021, The suggestion that landscapes should contain 40% of forest cover lacks evidence and is problematic, Ecology Letters, ISSN:1461-023X

Banks-Leite C, Ewers R, Folkard-Tapp H, et al., 2020, Countering the effects of habitat loss, fragmentation, and degradation through habitat restoration, One Earth, ISSN:2590-3322

Parra-Sanchez E, Banks-Leite C, 2020, The magnitude and extent of edge effects on vascular epiphytes across the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Scientific Reports, Vol:10, ISSN:2045-2322, Pages:1-11

Chan A, Banks-Leite C, 2020, Habitat modification mediates the strength of trophic cascades on oak trees, Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation, Vol:18, ISSN:2530-0644, Pages:313-318

Lima RAFD, Condé PA, Banks-Leite C, et al., 2020, Disentangling the effects of sampling scale and size on the shape of species abundance distributions, Plos One, Vol:15, ISSN:1932-6203, Pages:e0238854-e0238854

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