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Dr Eleanor Slade

Formerly at Lancaster University

Research overview

I am broadly interested in the ecology and conservation of tropical and temperate forest and agro- ecosystems, and the impact of human activities (climate change, habitat fragmentation, timber extraction) on the diversity and functioning of these ecosystems.  I have worked on a range of taxa from dung beetles, moths and woodlice to hornbills and small mammals in both tropical (Malaysia, Philippines, Belize) and temperate (UK, Finland) environments.

Current Research

My current research focuses on the effects of habitat fragmentation and oil palm expansion on dung beetle and soil faunal communities and associated ecosystem functioning.


I am a Researcher Co-investigator at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University where I am the co-ordinator of the NERC-funded LOMBOK consortium of the Human Modified Tropical Forests programme. The LOMBOK consortium investigates the links between biodiversity and biogeochemical cycles in tropical forests, with fieldwork based at the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo and in the Atlantic forests of Brazil. I also work in the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) project in Sumatra, Indonesia, and I am a PI on the UNDP-GEF funded Biodiversity Conservation in Multiple-Use Forest Landscapes in Sabah project.

I am a Research Associate in the Spatial Foodweb Ecology research group at the University of Helsinki (Finland) where I am investigating the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in modified landscapes. In particular, I am exploring the relationship between decreased dung beetle diversity and ecosystem functioning in agricultural landscapes. We are also running a ‘global dummy caterpillar project’ to look at predation of insect herbivores across a latitudinal gradient.

Previously, I worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher and Earthwatch Program Co-ordinator with the WildCRU (University of Oxford) on a four year research programme to look at the effects of climate change on the UK's fragmented woodlands involving  'citizen scientists' in the data collection.

Current Teaching

I teach on the University of Oxford undergraduate Tropical Ecology field course in Borneo and give tutorials in tropical forest ecology and management. I supervise PhD students and undergraduate projects, and am a Senior Member of Fylde College, University of Lancaster.

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