Researcher, University of Oxford
Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University
e-mail: eleanor.slade (at) zoo.ox.ac.uk
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, 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.
Research Interests: My particular research interests focus on the effects of fragmentation and oil palm expansion on dung beetle diversity and ecosystem functioning, and I am working at the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project in Sabah, Malaysian Borneo and the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning in Tropical Agriculture (BEFTA) project in Sumatra, Indonesia.
Current Research: I am currently a Researcher Co-investigator at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Associate at Lancaster University where I am working on 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.
My research in the Spatial Foodweb Ecology research group investigates 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.
Ayco Tack is currently at Stockholm University where he heads Plant-Insect-Microbe interactions group.