McLEOD, Steve

Steve McLeod

Research interests

  • Kangaroo ecology
  • Wildlife population survey and monitoring
  • Sustainable use of wildlife
  • Community ecology
  • Wildlife conservation and management
  • Impacts of invasive species

Background

Steve is a senior research scientist with the Vertebrate Pest Research Unit. He is a quantitative ecologist and has conducted numerous studies on the ecology of native and introduced animals, with an interest in their economic and environmental impacts. He has specific expertise modelling management strategies and scenarios and his recent work has focused on sustainable use of wildlife and the development of aerial survey methods.

Qualifications

  • PhD – University New South Wales
  • B.Sc. (Hons) – University New South Wales
  • B.Sc. – University of Sydney

Current projects

  • Sustainable use of waterfowl.
  • Development and application of aerial survey methods for wildlife monitoring.
  • Animal welfare and sustainability of the Australian kangaroo harvesting industry.
  • Kangaroo commercial code review.
  • Cane toad euthanasia methods.

Recent Publications

For the latest, see ResearchGate or Google Scholar.

McLeod, S. R., and Hacker, R. B. (2020). Balancing stakeholder interests in kangaroo management – historical perspectives and future prospects. The Rangeland Journal 41, 567–579.

McLeod, S. R., and Sharp, T. M. (2020). The Australian kangaroo industry: male-only harvesting, sustainability and an assessment of animal welfare impacts. No. 20–045. AgriFutures Australia, Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia. Available at: https://www.agrifutures.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/20-045.pdf

Bengsen, A. J., Forsyth, D. M., Harris, S., Latham, A. D. M., McLeod, S. R., and Pople, A. R. (2020). A systematic review of ground-based shooting to control overabundant mammal populations. Wildlife Research 47, 197–207.

Lunney, D., Purcell, B., McLeod, S., Grigg, G., Pople, T., and Wolter, S. (2018). Four decades of research and monitoring the populations of kangaroos in New South Wales: one of the best long-term datasets in Australia. Australian Zoologist 39, 784–800. doi:10.7882/AZ.2018.040

Sharp, T.M., McLeod, S.R., Hine, D. W. & Bengsen, A. J. (2019). Understanding hunters’ attitudes toward pest animal management: a segmentation study of NSW public land hunters. A final report to the NSW DPI Game Licensing Unit as part of the larger project titled ‘Scientific Evaluation of Hunting in NSW’. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Orange NSW.

Bengsen, A., Sparkes, J., and McLeod, S. R. (2018). Can recreational hunting control pests on public land? In ‘Advances in Conservation Through Sustainable Use of Wildlife: Proceedings of a Conference Held in Brisbane, Australia 30th August to 1st September 2016’. (Eds G. Baxter, N. Finch, and P. Murray.) pp. 168–172. (The University of Queensland: Gatton, Queensland.)

Leggett, K. E., Welaratne, T., Letnic, M., McLeod, S., and Dawson, T. (2018). Rediscovery of the plains mouse (Pseudomys australis) (Rodentia: Muridae) in New South Wales. Australian Mammalogy 40, 127–130.

McLeod, S. R., and Pople, A. R. (2018). Managing the harvest of kangaroos using a proportional harvest strategy. In ‘Advances in Conservation Through Sustainable Use of Wildlife: Proceedings of a Conference Held in Brisbane, Australia 30th August to 1st September 2016’. (Eds G. Baxter, N. Finch, and P. Murray.) pp. 102–110. (The University of Queensland: Gatton, Queensland.)

Dundas, S. J., Tracey, J., McLeod, S. R., Ramsey, D. S. L., Moriarty, A., Toop, S., and Grieg, M. (2018). Improving management and monitoring of waterfowl in Australia: what can we learn from waterfowl management systems in other countries? In ‘Advances in Conservation Through Sustainable Use of Wildlife: Proceedings of a Conference Held in Brisbane, Australia 30th August to 1st September 2016’. (Eds G. Baxter, N. Finch, and P. Murray.) pp. 94–101. (The University of Queensland: Gatton, Queensland.)

Ramsey, D. S. L., Pacioni, C., McLeod, S. R., and Dundas, S. J. (2017). Towards the implementation of adaptive harvest management of waterfowl in south-eastern Australia. Technical Report Series No. 284. Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Heidelberg, Victoria.

Maloney, S. K., Marsh, M. K., McLeod, S. R., and Fuller, A. (2017). Heterothermy is associated with reduced fitness in wild rabbits. Biology letters 13, 20170521.

Sharp, T.M. & McLeod, S.R. (2016). Kangaroo harvesters and the euthanasia of orphaned young-at-foot: applying the theory of planned behaviour to an animal welfare issue. Animal Welfare, 25, 39-54.

Professional associations and activities

  • Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS)
  • Adjunct Lecturer, UNSW
  • Member of the NSW Kangaroo Management Advisory Panel

Fields of research

  • 050103 Invasive Species Ecology
  • 050104 Landscape Ecology
  • 050209 Natural Resource Management
  • 050211 Wildlife and habitat management
  • 060207 Population Ecology
  • 060801 Animal behaviour
  • 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)

Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Keyword/phrase list of research interests

  • Animal abundance estimation
  • Pest animal control
  • Vertebrate pests
  • Wildlife management

Contact details

Email: steven.mcleod@dpi.nsw.gov.au