Clarissa Leite

Clarissa Leite is a postdoctoral researcher at the National Institute of Science and Technology in Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Studies in Ecology and Evolution (in Portuguese, Instituto Nacional de Ciência e Tecnologia em Estudos Interdisciplinares e Transdisciplinares em Ecologia e Evolução, INCT IN TREE). Currently, she is working on two lines of research: one of them is related to inter- and transdisciplinary practices developed by INCT IN TREE research teams, and the other one is related to organizational explanations of ecological functions. In the latter line of research, she is investigating the individuation of ecosystems as organizationally-closed systems in order to understand the intrinsic teleology resulting from the closure of constraints, as well as to provide non-arbitrary criteria for the identification of functional groups and traits. Her doctoral thesis was related to the occurrence of biodiversity thresholds in the Atlantic Forest and it was associated with a multitaxon study on the effects of the reduction of vegetation cover and historical biogeography on extinction thresholds. Full CV here.