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Description of research and teaching

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.

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

I am part of the NERC-funded Human Modified Tropical Forests programme, which 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, 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.

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.

I teach on the Oxford University 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.

Education information

2003-2007: University of Oxford, UK, DPhil NERC-CASE funded with Natural History Museum, London. ‘The effects of tropical forest management on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning’.

1999-2000: University of Aberdeen, UK, MSc Ecology, ESF award.

1995-1999: University of Leeds, UK, BSc (Hons) (1st class) in Zoology. Wynne Owen Prize: best final year zoological laboratory research project.

Keywords

  • 1181 Ecology, evolutionary biology
  • Tropical Forests
  • Agroecology
  • Dung beetles
  • Ecosystem functioning
  • Biodiversity
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • 4112 Forestry
  • Agroecology
  • Biodiversity
  • Ecosystem functioning
  • Dung beetles
  • Oil palm

International and National Collaboration Publications and projects within past five years.

Publications 2001 2017

Higher Predation Risk for Insect Prey at Low Latitudes and Elevations

Roslin, T. V., Hardwick, B., Novotny, V., Petry, W. K., Andrew, N. R., Asmus, A., Barrio, I. C., Basset, Y., Boesing, A. L., Bonebrake, T. C., Cameron, E. K., Dáttilo, W., Donoso, D. A., Drozd, P., Gray, C. L., Hik, D. S., Hill, S. J., Hopkins, T., Huang, S., Koane, B. & 20 othersLaird-Hopkins, B., Laukkanen, L., Lewis, O. T., Milne, S., Mwesige, I., Nakamura, A., Nell, C. S., Nichols, E., Prokurat, A., Sam, K., Schmidt, N. M., Slade, A., Slade, V., Suchanková, A., Teder, T., van Nouhuys, S., Vandvik, V., Weissflog, A., Zhukovich, V. & Slade, E. M., 19 May 2017, In : Science. 356, 6339, p. 742-744 3 p.

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The importance of species identity and interactions for multifunctionality depends on how ecosystem functions are valued

Slade, E. M., Kirwan, L., Bell, T., Philipson, C. D., Lewis, O. T. & Roslin, T., Oct 2017, In : Ecology. 98, 10, p. 2626-2639 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Disentangling the "brown world' faecal-detritus interaction web: dung beetle effects on soil microbial properties

Slade, E. M., Roslin, T., Santalahti, M. & Bell, T., May 2016, In : Oikos. 125, 5, p. 629-635 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Dung beetle species interactions and multifunctionality are affected by an experimentally warmed climate

Slade, E. M. & Roslin, T. V., 2016, In : Oikos. 125, 11, p. 1607-1616 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Landscape-Scale Implications of the Edge Effect on Soil Fauna Activity in a Temperate Forest

Riutta, T., Clack, H., Crockatt, M. & Slade, E. M., Apr 2016, In : Ecosystems. 19, 3, p. 534-544 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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Projects 2011 2014

Activities 2004 2014

Researcher

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Examiner

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Senior Research Associate

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British Entomological and Natural History Society (BENHS) (External organisation)

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International Conference on Oil Palm and the Environment (ICOPE)

Eleanor Slade (Speaker: Presenter)
Feb 2014

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

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