Eleanor M. Slade

Eleanor Slade

Eleanor preparing a pitfall trap in a Sumatran oil palm plantation.


Eleanor is a researcher at the Universities of Oxford and Lancaster in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are the ecology and conservation of tropical and temperate forests and agro-ecosystems, and the impact of human activities on the diversity and functioning of these ecosystems. Her research aims to quantify the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in modified landscapes. In particular she is exploring the relationship between decreased dung beetle diversity and ecosystem functioning in agricultural landscapes in Finland and the effects of habitat fragmentation and oil palm expansion on dung beetle and soil faunal communities and associated ecosystem functioning in Southeast Asia.


Eleanor M. Slade
E-mail: Eleanor.slade@ntu.edu.sg




Recent dung beetle publications
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.

Penttilä, A., Slade, E.M., Simojoki, A., Riutta, T., Minkkinen, K. & Roslin, T. (2013) Quantifying beetle-mediated effects on gas fluxes from dung pats. PLoS ONE 8, e71454.

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. (2013) Trait-dependent response of dung beetle populations to tropical forest conversion at local and regional scales. Ecology 94: 180-189.

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.

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.

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