Researcher biography

After majoring in environmental studies, I worked on independent and group projects in Costa Rica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Honduras. A sucker for large marine animals, it was sea turtles that led me across the Atlantic to West Africa, where I did a year-long independent project with turtle by-catch and community conservation in a Ghanaian fishing village. I gained my MSc in Applied Marine Science at the University of Cape Town. I've spent the past few years working as a research and data science consultant, involved with monitoring fisheries and protected marine areas. I’m commencing my PhD under the supervision of A/Prof. Salit Kark. My research aims to use existing decision analysis and other software tools to improve the management of highly mobile marine species such as tuna, whales, and oceanic sharks.

Leslie's principal advisor is Associate Professor Salit Kark.