Dr Eleanor Slade is an ecologist, whose research focusses on the challenges and opportunities associated with conservation, management, and restoration of tropical forest landscapes. She has 16 years’ experience working in the rainforests and oil palm plantations of Malaysia, Sumatra, Philippines, Belize, and Brazil, and the woodlands and agricultural systems of Finland and the UK. Her research focuses on the links between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, with a particular emphasis on invertebrate diversity and community interactions.
She is currently the consortium co-ordinator of the Land-use Options for Maintaining BiOdiversity and eKosystem functions (LOMBOK) project (http://lombok.hmtf.info/), and a PI on the UNDP-GEF biodiversity in multiple-use forest landscapes project, both based in Sabah, Malaysia. Recently, she has contributed the development of policy and best practice in the oil palm industry and among government agencies engaged with land-use planning in Sabah. She is also involved in the Riparian Ecosystem Restoration in Tropical Agriculture (RERTA) Project in Sumatra, which is experimentally testing how to restore riparian buffers in oil palm.