Core Review Panel
Dr Cristina Banks-Leite is a Reader in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London and investigates the causes and consequences of species turnover and extinction in fragmented landscapes of tropical regions. Her research proposed a threshold of 30% forest cover for effective restoration of the Brazilian Atlantic Forest, results which provided subsidies for the implementation of two environmental resolutions and a federal decree in Brazil. Her research has also had impact in Costa Rica, protecting one of the last remnants of primary forest. Cristina has ample experience with sampling design, traditional data collection, acoustic data and the use of eDNA and iDNA.
Born in São Paulo, Brazil, Cristina did her MRes at the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA) and received her PhD from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP). She was then awarded with a NERC and Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship to conduct her research at Imperial College, were she assumed an academic position in 2013.
Winner of multiple awards, she was featured as one of 15 influential female researchers in the UK. She has served as Board member for the council of international ecological societies, editorial boards for leading Brazilian and international journals in ecology and conservation and she is currently a panel member for two funding agencies. She also two small children and is a strong advocate for minorities in science.