Dr Colin MacLeod
Honorary Research Fellow
B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.
For a copy of my most recent CV/Resume, including a full list of my publications, visit: http://www.GISinEcology.com/Colin_D_MacLeod.htm
I graduated from University of Glasgow with a honours degree in Zoology in 1994, and a master degree in Marine and Fisheries Science at the University of Aberdeen. While finishing my masters degree, and for the three following years, I conducted the first ever study of habitat preferences in a member of the genus Mesoplodon. I completed a Ph.D. on the ecology of North Atlantic beaked whale species in 2005, using techniques ranging from habitat modelling to stable isotope analysis. During this time, I also spent a number of years working on various issues related to negative interactions between cetaceans and sonar.
Since then I have primarily spent time working as either a teaching or research fellow at the University of Aberdeen, and have been working on a range of different research areas loosely connected by GIS, species distribution modelling and the use of non-linear statistics in ecological studies. These include investigating at the impacts of climate change on cetaceans, studying testes mass allometry and developing approaches to model species distribution in the marine environment.
In 2010, I left full time employment at the University of Aberdeen to move back to Glasgow and write books about the use of GIS in marine biology. However, I maintain an honourary position at the University of Aberdeen and I am still involved in a number of research projects being conducted at the university, and remain an active research scientist.
I am an active scientist working in the field of ecology and evolutionary biology. Currently, my main areas of research are:
1. Implications of starvation-predation risk trade-offs for impacts of environmental change on the spatial distribution of animals.
2. Examining the effects of climate change on cetaceans.
3. The use of species distribution modelling (SDM) for environmental impact assessment purposes.
4. Investigating the relationship between body mass and investment in male reproductive tissues in vertebrates.
I am an expert in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), spatial modelling and non-linear statistics. In addition, I am recognised as one of the world’s foremost experts in studying the effects of climate change on cetaceans, and on beaked whales (Family Ziphiidae).
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