Dr Eleanor Slade

Dr Eleanor Slade

Senior Research Associate

LEC Building
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YQ

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.

Profile

I am a Researcher Co-investigator at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University where I am part of the NERC-funded Human Modified Tropical Forests programme. This programme 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.

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 (we are always looking for more participants, so please do sign up here!).

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 co-supervise PhD students and supervise undergraduate projects, and am a Senior Member of Fylde College, University of Lancaster.

Eleanor Slade's Publications

2014

Living on the edge: quantifying the structure of a fragmented forest landscape in England

Riutta, T., Slade, E. M., Morecroft, M. D., Bebber, D. P. & Malhi, Y. 07/2014 In : Landscape Ecology. 29, 6, p. 949-961 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

BIOFRAG – a new database for analyzing BIOdiversity responses to forest FRAGmentation

Barlow, J. , Slade, E. M. & 57 others Pfeifer, M., Lefebvre, V., Gardner, T. A., Arroyo-Rodriguez, V., Baeten, L., Banks-Leite, C., Betts, M. G., Brunet, J., Cerezo, A., Cisneros, L. M., Collard, S., D'Cruze, N., Silva Motta, C. D., Duguay, S., Eggermont, H., Eigenbrod, F., Hadley, A. S., Hanson, T. R., Hawes, J. E., Scalley, T. H., Klingbeil, B. T., Kolb, A., Kormann, U., Kumar, S., Lachat, T., Fraser, P. L., Lantschner, V., Laurance, W. F., Leal, I. R., Lens, L., Marsh, C. J., Medina-Rangel, G. F., Melles, S., Mezger, D., Oldekop, J. A., Overal, W. L., Owen, C., Peres, C. A., Phalan, B., Pidgeon, A. M., Pilia, O., Possingham, H. P., Possingham, M. L., Raheem, D. C., Ribeiro, D. B., Ribeiro Neto, J. D., Robinson, W. D., Robinson, R., Rytwinski, T., Scherber, C., Somarriba, E., Stouffer, P. C., Struebig, M. J., Tylianakis, J. M., Tscharntke, T., Tyre, A. J. & Urbina Cardona, J. N. 05/2014 In : Ecology and Evolution. 4, 9, p. 1524-1537 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Do riparian reserves support dung beetle biodiversity and ecosystem services in oil palm-dominated tropical landscapes?

Gray, C. L., Slade, E. M., Mann, D. J. & Lewis, O. T. 04/2014 In : Ecology and Evolution. 4, 7, p. 1049-1060 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Macro-moth families differ in their attraction to light: implications for light-trap monitoring programmes

Merckx, T. & Slade, E. M. 2014 In : Insect conservation and diversity. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The saproxylic activity index: a new tool for the rapid assessment of deadwood species during forest restoration

Burns, M. L., Smith, M., Slade, E. M. & Ennos, R. A. 2014 In : Open Journal of Forestry. 4, 2, p. 144-150 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Quantifying beetle-mediated effects on gas fluxes from dung pats.

Atte, P., Slade, E. M., Asko, S., Riutta, T., Minkkinen, K. & Roslin, T. 7/08/2013 In : PLoS ONE. 8, 8, p. 1-7 8 p.e71454

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Macrofauna assemblage composition and soil moisture interact to affect soil ecosystem functions

Collison, E. J., Riutta, T. & Slade, E. M. 02/2013 In : Acta Oecologica. 47, p. 30-36 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local and regional scales

Nichols, E., Uriarte, M., Bunker, D. E., Favila, M. E., Slade, E. M., Vulinec, K., Larsen, T., Vaz-de-Mello, F. Z., Louzada, J., Naeem, S. & Spector, S. H. 01/2013 In : Ecology. 94, 1, p. 180-189 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Life-history traits and landscape characteristics predict macro-moth responses to forest fragmentation

Slade, E. M., Merckx, T., Riutta, T., Bebber, D. P., Redhead, D., Riordan, P. & Macdonald, D. W. 2013 In : Ecology. 94, 7, p. 1519-1530 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Quantifying the sampling error in tree census measurements by volunteers and its effect on carbon stock estimates

Butt, N., Slade, E. M., Thompson , . J., Malhi , . Y. & Riutta , T. 2013 In : Ecological Applications. 23, 4, p. 936-943 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

Interacting effects of leaf litter species and macrofauna on decomposition in different litter environments

Slade, E. M. & Riutta, T. 08/2012 In : Basic and Applied Ecology. 13, 5, p. 423-431 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Experimental evidence for the interacting effects of forest edge, moisture and soil macrofauna on leaf litter decomposition

Riutta, T., Slade, E. M., Bebber, D. P., Taylor, M. E., Malhi, Y., Riordan, P., Macdonald, D. W. & Morecroft, M. D. 06/2012 In : Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 49, p. 124-131 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Woodland recovery after suppression of deer: cascade effects for small mammals, wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and bank voles (Myodes glareolus).

Bush, E. R., Buesching, C. D., Slade, E. M. & Macdonald, D. W. 8/02/2012 In : PLoS ONE. 7, 2, e31404

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Factors affecting soil fauna feeding activity in a fragmented lowland temperate deciduous woodland

Simpson, J. E., Slade, E. M., Riutta, T. & Taylor, M. E. 3/01/2012 In : PLoS ONE. 7, 1, e29616

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Species-rich dung beetle communities buffer ecosystem services in perturbed agro-ecosystems

Beynon, S. A., Mann, D. J., Slade, E. M. & Lewis, O. T. 2012 In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 49, 6, p. 1365-1372 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2011

Impacts of logging on density dependent predation of dipterocarp seeds in a South East Asian rainforest

Bagchi, R., Philipson, C. D., Slade, E. M., Hector, A., Philips, S., Villanueva, J. F., Lewis, O. T., Lyal, C. H. C., Nilus, R., Madran, A., Scholes, J. D. & Press, M. C. 17/10/2011 In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B Biological Sciences. 366, 1582, p. 3246-3255 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Biodiversity and ecosystem function of tropical forest dung beetles under contrasting logging regimes

Slade, E. M., Mann, D. J. & Lewis, O. T. 01/2011 In : Biological Conservation. 144, 1, p. 166-174 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2008

Dietary shifts in relation to fruit availability among masked palm civets (Paguma larvata) in Central China

Zhou, Y., Zhang, J., Slade, E., Zhang, L., Palomares, F., Chen, J., Wang, X. & Zhang, S. 2008 In : Journal of Mammalogy. 89, 2, p. 435-447 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Frugivory and seed dispersal by the yellow-throated marten (Martes flavigula), in a subtropical forest of China

Zhou, Y-B., Slade, E., Newman, C., Wang, X-M. & Zhang, S-Y. 2008 In : Journal of Tropical Ecology. 24, 2, p. 219-223 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2007

Experimental evidence for the effects of dung beetle functional group richness and composition on ecosystem function in a tropical forest

Slade, E. M., Mann, D. J., Villanueva, J. F. & Lewis, O. T. 2007 In : Journal of Animal Ecology. 76, 6, p. 1094-1104 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2006

The first observations of the breeding biology of the elegant tit (Parus elegans)

Villanueva, J., Slade, E. & Curio, E. 2006 In : Ecology of Birds. 28, p. 31-46 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2005

First nesting observations of the Negros bleeding-heart Gallicolumba keayi from Panay, Philippines

Slade, E., Villanueva, J. F., Tacud, B. & Curio, E. 2005 In : Forktail. 21, Short Notes, p. 161-163 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2003

An inventory of the butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhapolocera) of the upper Imbang-Caliban watershed of the North Negros Forest Reserve, Philippines.

Slade, E. M. & Turner, C. S. 2003 In : Silliman Journal. 44, 2, p. 158-183 26 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

The Negros rainforest conservation project: past, present and future

Turner, C. S., Slade, E. M. & Ledesma, G. 2001 In : Silliman Journal. 42, 1, p. 109-132 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Eleanor Slade's Projects

2014

Eleanor Slade's Activities

2014

International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment (ICOPE)

Dr Eleanor Slade (Speaker), 12/02/201414/02/2014

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment (ICOPE)

Dr Eleanor Slade (Chair), 12/02/201414/02/2014

Activity: Conference participationParticipation in conference

Research Associate, Spatial Foodweb Ecology Group, University of Helsinki

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 1/01/2014 → …

Activity: External academic engagementResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

Researcher, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 1/01/2014 → …

Activity: External academic engagementResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

Examiner Biological Sciences undergraduate dissertations

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 2014 → …

Activity: External academic engagementResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

2013

Member of British Entomological and Natural History Society

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 2013 → …

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of external research organisation

2011

DPhil thesis panel advisor

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 20112014

Activity: External academic engagementResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

Tutor/lecturer, Oxford University undergraduate field course in Tropical Forest Ecology, Danum Valley, Borneo

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 2011 → …

Activity: External academic engagementResearch and Teaching at External Organisation

2006

Member of Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 2006 → …

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of external research organisation

2003

Member of British Ecological Society

Dr Eleanor Slade (Member), 2003 → …

Activity: External academic engagementMembership of external research organisation