Eleanor Slade

Researcher (Oxford), Senior Research Associate (Lancaster)

Research Fellow Wolfson College


Research Interests

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 associated ecosystem functioning. 

I am the co-ordinator of the NERC-funded LOMBOK consortium of the 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, 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.

Additional Information

I teach on the 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.

I am a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and an Editor for the journals Biotropica and Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.



Email: eleanor.slade@zoo.ox.ac.uk



Selected Publications

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  • Roslin, T., B. Hardwick, V. Novotny, W. K. Petry, N. R. Andrew, A. Asmus, I. C. Barrio, Y. Basset, A. L. Boesing, T. C. Bonebrake, E. K. Cameron, W. Dáttilo, D. A. Donoso, P. Drozd, C. L. Gray, D. S. Hik, S. J. Hill, T. Hopkins, S. Huang, B. Koane, B. Laird-Hopkins, L. Laukkanen, O. T. Lewis, S. Milne, I. Mwesige, A. Nakamura, C. S. Nell, E. Nichols, A. Prokurat, K. Sam, N. M. Schmidt, A. Slade, V. Slade, A. Suchanková, T. Teder, S. van Nouhuys, V. Vandvik, A. Weissflog, V. Zhukovich, and E. M. Slade. (2017). Higher predation risk for insect prey at low latitudes and elevations. Science, 356, 742-744.

  • Slade, E.M. & Roslin, T. (2016) Dung beetle species interactions and multifunctionality are affected by an experimentally warmed climate. Oikos, 125, 1607-1616.

  • Slade, E.M., Riutta, T., Roslin, T. & Tuomisto, H.L. (2016). The role of dung beetles in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cattle farming. Nature Scientific Reports, 6, 18140.

  • Schilthuizen, M., Vairappan, C.S., Slade, E.M., Mann, D.J. & Miller, J.A. (2015) Specimens as primary data: museums and ‘open science’. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2015.03.002.

  • Gagic, V., Bartomeus, I., Jonsson, T., Taylor, A., Winqvist, C., Fischer, C., Slade, E.M., Steffan-Dewenter, I., Emmerson, M., Potts, S.G., Tscharntke, T., Weisser, W. & Bommarco, R. (2015) Functional identity and diversity of animals predict ecosystem functioning better than species-based indices. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282 (1801), doi: 10.1098/rspb.2014.2620.

  • Slade, E.M., Burhanuddin, M.I., Caliman, J-P., Foster, W.A., Naim, M., Prawirosukarto, S., Snaddon, J.L., Turner, E.C., Mann, D.J. (2014) Can cattle grazing in mature oil palm increase biodiversity and ecosystem service provision? The Planter, 90 (1062), 655-665.

  • Riutta, T., Slade, E.M., Morecroft, M.D., Bebber, D.P. & Malhi, Y. (2014) Living on the edge: quantifying the structure of a fragmented forest landscape in England. Landscape Ecology, doi: 10.1007/s10980-014-0025-z.

  • Gray, C.L., Slade, E.M., Mann, D.J. & Lewis, O.T. (2014) Do riparian reserves support dung beetle biodiversity and ecosystem services in oil palm-dominated tropical landscapes? Ecology and Evolution, doi: 10.1002/ece1003.1003.

  • Slade, E.M., Merckx, T., Riutta, T., Bebber, D.P., Redhead, D., Riordan, P., Macdonald, D.W. (2013) Life-history traits and landscape characteristics predict macro-moth responses to forest fragmentation. Ecology, 94, 1519-1530.

  • Butt, N., Slade, E.M., Thompson, J. Mahli, Y. & Riutta, T. (2013) Quantifying the sampling error in tree census measurements carried out by volunteers and its effect on above-ground carbon stock estimates. Ecological Applications, 23, 936-943.

  • Collison, E.J., Riutta, T. & Slade, E.M.  (2013) Macrofauna assemblage composition and soil moisture interact to affect soil ecosystem functions. Acta Oecologica, 47, 30-36.

  • Beynon, S.A., Mann, D.J., Slade, E.M. & Lewis, O.T. (2012) Species-rich dung beetle communities buffer ecosystem services in perturbed agro-ecosystems. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49(6), 1365-1372.

  • 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. (2012) Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local and regional scales. Ecology, 94, 180-189.

  • Slade, E.M. & Riutta, T. (2012) Interacting effects of leaf litter species and macrofauna on decomposition in different litter environments. Basic and Applied Ecology, 13: 423-431.

  • *Riutta, T., *Slade, E.M., Bebber, D.P., Taylor, M.E., Malhi, Y., Riordan, P., Macdonald, D.W., Morecroft, M.D. (2012) Experimental evidence for the interacting effects of forest edge, moisture and soil macrofauna on leaf litter decomposition. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 49, 124-131 *Joint first authors.

  • Bush, E.R., Buesching, C.D., Slade, E.M., Macdonald, D.W. (2012) Woodland recovery after removal of deer: Cascade effects for small mammals, wood mice (Apodemus sylvaticus) and bank voles (Myodes glareolus). PLoS ONE, 7(2): e31404. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0031404.

  • Bagchi, R., Philipson, C.D., Slade, E.M., Hector, A., Phillips, S., Villanueva, J.F., Lewis, O.T., Lyal, C.H.C., Nilus, R., Madran, A., Scholes, J.D. & Press, M.C. (2011) Impacts of logging on density dependent predation of dipterocarp seeds in a Southeast Asian rainforest. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 366, 3246-3255.

  • Slade, E.M., Mann, D.J. & Lewis, O.T. (2011) Biodiversity and ecosystem function of dung beetles under contrasting logging regimes.  Biological Conservation, 144, 166-174.

  • Slade, E.M., Mann, D.J., Villanueva, J.F. & Lewis, O.T. (2007) Experimental evidence for the effects of dung beetle functional group richness and composition on ecosystem function in a tropical forest. Journal of Animal Ecology, 76, 1094-1104.