I am a plant ecologist and conservation scientist with expertise in statistical analyses and macroecology of tropical plants. I have been working with plant ecology and conservation since my BSc in Biological Sciences at Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil. As a conservation researcher, I worked in partnership with environmental NGOs (Cepan, Amane, Conservation International), government and private sector on projects related to forest restoration, invasive species and floristic inventories. During my PhD in Conservation Sciences at University of Minnesota, USA, I gained a global perspective of conservation and developed advanced statistical skills while focused on analyses at macro scales.
My work at Kew focuses on factors affecting species geographic range size and extinction risk. My goal is to improve the understanding of tropical plants’ vulnerability to extinction and to provide support to the work of the Plant Assessment and Analysis team. I am interested in questions such as: (i) which species are more vulnerable to extinction and why? (ii) how many species are threatened? (iii) what explains the geographic range size of plant species? (iv) who are the winners and losers under global changes such as climate and land use changes?
Currently, I am investigating how life history attributes affect species vulnerability to extinction, and what are the impacts of major threats such as land use change and climate change to the suitable habitat and geographic range size of Brazil’s Atlantic Forest plants. If you are interested in collaboration, MSc/PhD supervision or have any questions, please get in touch.
- PhD Conservation Sciences, University of Minnesota, 2018
- MSc Plant Biology, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2011
- BSc Biological Sciences, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, 2008
Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N. & Reich, P.B. (2020).
Leão, T.C.C., Fonseca, C.R., Peres, C.A. & Tabarelli, M. (2014).
Conservation Biology 8: 1349–1359.
Lôbo, D., Leão, T.C.C., Melo, F.P.L., Santos, A.M.M. & Tabarelli, M. (2011).
Diversity and Distributions 17: 287-296.
Leão, T.C.C., Lôbo, D. & Scotson, L. (2017).
Economic and Biological Conditions Influence the Sustainability of Harvest of Wild Animals and Plants in Developing Countries.
Ecological Economics 140: 14-21.
Leão, T.C.C., Almeida, W., Dechoum, M. & Ziller, S. (2011).
Espécies Exóticas Invasoras no Nordeste do Brasil: Contextualização, Manejo e Políticas Públicas.
Book on invasive species, in Portuguese.
Centro de Pesquisas Ambientais do Nordeste, Instituto Hórus, Recife, Pernambuco. Available online at lerf.eco.br.
Alves-Costa, C.P., Lôbo, D., Leão, T.C.C., Brancalion, P.H.S., Nave, A.G., Gandolfi, S., Santos, A.M.M., Rodrigues, R.R. & Tabarelli, M. (2008).
Implementando reflorestamentos com alta diversidade na zona da mata nordestina: Guia prático.
Book providing practical guidance on tropical forest restoration, in Portuguese.
Centro de Pesquisas Ambientais do Nordeste, Recife, Pernambuco. Available online at lerf.eco.br