Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences (Silwood Park)

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2289c.banks




2.2MunroSilwood Park





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

  • how biogeographical factors influence local species responses to habitat transformation
  • how local species extinction disrupts ecosystem functioning
  • thresholds and decline of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning across tropical regions

For more information on the current group and research please check the CALE Lab group website.


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

Group picture

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, Vol:24, ISSN:1461-023X, Pages:1112-1113

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, Vol:3, ISSN:2590-3322, Pages:672-676

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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