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Marine Ecology Research Centre

Dr Jesse Leland

B.Mar.Sci.(1st class hons)
Ph.D. (SCU)

Research Summary

Dr Jesse LelandDr Leland is currently employed at Southern Cross University (SCU) as a postdoctoral researcher. He is managing national project funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) on behalf of the Australian Government. The two year project is developing a national network of government and academic fisheries researchers who can consistently apply crustacean ageing methods and is focussed on the age validation of key Australian decapods. Dr Leland was awarded the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry 2013 Science and Innovation Award (Fisheries) for Young People (funded through the FRDC) for his seminal work on crustacean ageing. His Ph.D. research (at SCU) investigated injury, physiological stress and mortality among recreationally discarded crustaceans. Dr Leland is also interested in the longevity and growth of other difficult to age invertebrates (e.g. giant polychaetes and marine gastropods).

Grants and Awards

2014 $280,000/2 years: National Competitive Category 1 Grant written by J.C. Leland. Fisheries Research and Development Corporation funding for "Direct age determination with validation for commercially important lobster and crab species", Project #2014/011. This project also garnered $30,000 in cash contributions from the New South Wales Lobster Industry Working Group and the Marine Ecology Research Centre, and >$200,000 of in-kind support from government and academic co-investigators.

2013 $16,000/1 year: External Category 2 grant written by J.C. Leland. Funding was delivered through the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's [National] Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry program. "Development of a novel method for crustacean age determination from growth rings in the gastric mill", Project #GMS-2010.

2013 $10,000/1year: Internal Competitive Collaborative Research Grant from the Marine Ecology Research Centre.

2013 Best Student Presentation: Annual Postgraduate Conference at Southern Cross University.

2010 $68,000/3 years: Australian Postgraduate Award (Ph.D. Scholarship).

Reviewer

Asian Fisheries Research

Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia

Journal of Threatened Taxa

Memberships and Committees

American Fisheries Society

Australian Society for Fish Biology

Organizing Committee Member, Annual Postgraduate Conference, Southern Cross University

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Leland, J.C., Bucher, D.J., Coughran, J., in press. Direct age determination of a subtropical freshwater crayfish (redclaw, Cherax quadricarinatus) using ossicular growth marks. PLOS ONE Scheduled Release Date: 26 August 2015.

Leland, J.C., Butcher, P.A., Broadhurst, M.K., Paterson, B.D., Mayer, D.G., 2013. Relative trap efficiency for recreationally caught eastern Australian blue swimmer crab (Portunus pelagicus) and associated injury and mortality of discards. Fisheries Research, 147: 304-311.

Leland, J.C., Butcher, P.A., Broadhurst, M.K., Paterson, B.D., Mayer, D.G., 2013. Damage and physiological stress to juvenile eastern rock lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi) discarded after trapping and hand collection. Fisheries Research, 137: 63-70.

Leland, J.C., Furse, J.M., 2012. Potential utility of haemolymph analysis in non-lethal conservation studies on threatened Australasian freshwater crayfish: portability and practicality. Crustacean Research, (Special Number) 7: 83-90.

Leland, J.C., Furse, J.M., Coughran, J., 2012. Further translocation of the redclaw, Cherax quadricarinatus (Decapoda: Parastacidae), to Lake Ainsworth in north-eastern New South Wales, Australia. Crustacean Research, (Special Number) 7: 1-4.

Butcher, P.A., Leland, J.C., Broadhurst, M.K., Paterson, B.D., Mayer, D.G., 2012. Giant mud crab (Scylla serrata): relative efficiencies of common baited traps and impacts on discards. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 69: 1511-1522.

Furse, J.M., Bone, J.W.P., Appleton, S.D., Leland, J.C., Coughran, J., 2012. Conservation of imperilled crayfish - Euastacus bindal (Decapoda: Parastacidae), a highland crayfish from far north Queensland, Australia. Journal of Crustacean Biology, 32: 677-683.

Peer-Reviewed Conference Publication

Leland, J.C., Coughran, J., Bucher, D.J., 2011. A preliminary investigation into the potential value of gastric mills for aging crustaceans. In New Frontiers in Crustacean Biology: Proceedings of the TCS Summer Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, 20-24 September 2009. Edited by A. Asakura. Brill NV, Leiden, Crustaceana Monographs, 15: 57-68.

Dissertation & Other Publications

Leland, J.C., in press. Aging Australian Crustaceans: past, present and future. Fishing Today.

Leland, J.C., 2014. Injury, physiological stress and mortality of recreationally discarded crustaceans in New South Wales, Australia. Ph.D. thesis, Southern Cross University, Lismore NSW, SCU Epubs thesis download

Leland, J.C., Butcher, P.A. and Broadhurst, M.K. (2011) Patience makes a difference: minimising crab and lobster handling reduces their damage. Go Fishing, (32): 75-78.

Conference Presentations

Leland, J.C., Sarapuk, N.J., Bucher, D.J., Butcher, P.A., Joannes-Boyau, R., Coughran, J., 2014. Absolute age determination methods for subtropical decapods: growth mark interpretation and validation. Joint Congress of the Australian Society for Fish Biology and the Australian Society for Limnology. Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory, June-July 2014.

Leland, J.C., Bucher, D.J., Coughran, J., Parkyn, J., 2013. Crustacean aging methods: past present and future. Inaugural Western Australian Freshwater Fish Symposium. Naturaliste Marine Discovery Center, Hillarys Boat Harbor, Western Australia, November 2013.

Leland, J.C., Sarapuk, N.J., Bucher, D.J., Butcher, P.A., 2013. Aging crustaceans: recent advances and future prospects. Annual Postgraduate Conference, Southern Cross University, Lismore campus, October 2013.

Leland, J.C., Butcher, P.A., Broadhurst, M.K., Paterson, B.D., Mayer, D.G., 2012. Damage and physiological stress to juvenile eastern rock lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi) discarded after trapping and hand collection. Annual Postgraduate Conference, Southern Cross University, Lismore campus, October 2012.

Leland, J.C., Furse, J.M., 2012. Potential utility of haemolymph analysis in non-lethal conservation studies on threatened Australasian freshwater crayfish: portability and practicality. Invited speaker: Conservation of freshwater crayfish symposium in Sapporo, Japan. Maruyama Zoo, Sapporo, Japan, January 2011.

Leland, J.C., Coughran, J., Bucher, D.J., 2011. A preliminary investigation into the potential value of gastric mills for aging crustaceans. The Crustacean Society Summer Meeting, Tokyo, Japan, September 2009.