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Researcher: Leaper, R (Dr Rebecca Leaper)

Fields of Research

Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
Conservation and biodiversity
Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology)
Ecological physiology
Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment
Wildlife and habitat management
Natural resource management

Research Objectives

Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
Marine biodiversity
Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts)
Air quality
Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Ecosystem adaptation to climate change
Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems

Career Best Publications

Research Publications

A review of abundance, trends and foraging parameters of baleen whales in the Southern Hemisphere
A review of abundance, trends and foraging parameters of baleen whales in the Southern Hemisphere; CCAMLR_IWC Workshop Review Input data for Antarctic Marine Ecosystem Models
An assessment of the west and east Australian breeding stocks of humpback whales: simulating different mixing and catch allocation on feeding grounds
An assessment of the west and east Australian breeding stocks of humpback whales: updates on simulating different mixing and catch allocation on feeding grounds
An experimental investigation of patterns of community assembly; Ecological Connections-Ecological Society of Australia Annual Meeting
Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment; Antarctic Science
Can intertidal species be used as indicators of global climate change? Measuring and predicting responses of marine ecosystems in the NE Atlantic; British Ecological society Winter Meeting
Changes in the Antarctic sea ice ecosystem: potential effects on krill and baleen whales; Marine and Freshwater Research
Changes in the Antarctic sea ice ecosystems: potential effects on krill and baleen whales
Changes in the range of some common rocky shore species in Britian - a response to climate change?; Hydrobiologia: The International Journal on Limnology and Marine Sciences
Comparing large-scale bioregions and fine-scale community-level biodiversity predictions from subtidal rocky reefs across south-eastern Australia; Journal of Applied Ecology
Congruence in demersal fish, macroinvertebrate, and macroalgal community turnover on shallow temperate reefs; Ecological Applications
Consequences of climate-driven biodiversity changes for ecosystem functioning of North European rocky shores; Marine Ecology Progress Series
Constraints on body size distributions: An experimental test of the habitat architecture hypothesis; Journal of Animal Ecology
Defining the abundance body-size constraint space: data from a real food web; Ecology Letters
Developing a quantitative, relative wave exposure index for shallow reefs in temperate Australia and potential applications in biodiversity research; Australian Marine Science Association 46th Annual Conference
Developing a quantitative, relative wave exposure index for shallow reefs in temperate Australia and potential applications in biodiversity research; Marine Connectivity
Do communities exist? Complex patterns of overlapping marine species distributions; Ecology
Exploring the assumptions of multi-stock assessment models for humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in the Southern Hemisphere: using Breeding Stocks D and E as an example; The Journal of Cetacean Research and Management
Identification of long term datasets on southern hemisphere baleen whales with potential utility in climate change research
Long-term oceanographic and ecological research in the western English Channel; Advances in Marine Biology
Management of Antarctic baleen whales amid past exploitation, current threats and complex marine ecosystems; Antarctic Science
Management of Antarctic baleen whales amid past exploitation: current problems, emerging threats and complex marine ecosystems; Oslo Science Conference 2010
Marine biodiversity and climate change : Assessing and predicting the influence of climatic change using intertidal rocky shore biota; Marine Biological Association of The United Kingdom. Occasional Publications
Measuring and predicting responses of marine ecosystems to global climate change using intertidal indicators; Temperate Reefs Symposium
Predicting beta diversity in the marine environment: algal diversity patterns and their relationship with environmental variables on shallow subtidal reefs across southern Australia; 9th International Temperate Reefs Symposium 2011
Predicting patterns of beta diversity on shallow, temperate reefs; World Conference on Marine Biodiversity
Predicting temperate reef biodiversity: A South Australian example; New Waves in Marine Science
Prediction of Rank Abundance distributions from Shallow Temperate Reef Assemblages; ISEC 2010
Prediction program In: Marine Biodiversity Hub, Commonwealth Environment Research Facilities, Final report 2007-2010
Predictions of beta diversity for reef macroalgae across southeastern Australia; Ecosphere
Quantifying wave exposure in shallow temperate reef systems: applicability of fetch models for predicting algal biodiversity; Marine Ecology - Progress Series
Recovery of a Biodiversity Action Plan species in northwest England: possible role of climate change, artificial habitat and water quality amelioration
Retrofitting historical data in population studies: southern giant petrels in the Australian Antarctic Territory; Endangered Species Research
Review of UK Climate change Indicators
Size constraints in a real food web: Predator, parasite and prey body-size relationships; Oikos
Spatial scales of variance in abundance of intertidal species: effects of region, dispersal mode, and trophic level; Ecology
Sub-Antarctic Fisheries In: 'Climate Impacts on Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture: Implications for the Effects of climate Change
The feasibility of reintroducing Wild Boar(Sus scrofa) to Scotland; Mammal Review Online
The influence of habitat structure on size spectra in marine sediments; British Ecological Society Winter Meeting
The next 100 years; Antarctic Climate Change and the Environment
The role of sanctuaries in the modern whaling debate; Australasian Wildlife Management Society Conference
The status and conservation of the silver-spotted skipper Hesperia comma in Britian
Using historical data to detect temporal changes in the abundances of intertidal species on Irish shores; Marine Biological Association of The United Kingdom. Journal

Research Projects

2013: X1th SCAR Biology Symposium Barcelona Spain; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
July 2011: World Conference on Marine Biodiversity (WCMB), Aberdeen UK; University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Quantification and prediction of marine biodiversity at a range of geographical and ecological scales for spatial protection and management; Department of Environment and Energy (Cwth) (DoEE)

Research Candidate Supervision