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!


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



Parra-Sanchez E, Banks-Leite C, The magnitude and extent of edge effects on vascular epiphytes across the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, Scientific Reports

Harrison MLK, Banks-Leite C, 2020, Edge effects on trophic cascades in tropical rainforests., Conserv Biol, Vol:34, Pages:977-987

Hintzen RE, Papadopoulou M, Mounce R, et al., 2020, Relationship between conservation biology and ecology shown through machine reading of 32,000 articles, Conservation Biology, Vol:34, ISSN:0888-8892, Pages:721-732

Hatfield J, Barlow J, Joly CA, et al., 2020, Mediation of area and edge effects by adjacent land use, Conservation Biology, Vol:34, ISSN:0888-8892, Pages:395-404

de Lima DO, Banks-Leite C, Lorini ML, et al., 2020, Anthropogenic effects on the occurrence of medium-sized mammals on the Brazilian Pampa biome, Animal Conservation, ISSN:1367-9430

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