Matthew S. Leslie
PhD Student IGERT Global Change, Marine Biodiversity and Society
Undergraduate Degree: B.S. Zoology and Wildlife Ecology
Undergraduate University: Oklahoma State University
Advisors: Dr. Philip A. Morin
- Patterns and drivers of population biology in marine vertebrates
- Developing natural resource policy for accurately managing the use of living resources
Matt is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Center
for Marine Conservation Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Previously, he was the Manager of the Sackler
Institute for Comparative Genomics
at the American
Museum of Natural History; he received his
B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University.
Matt grew up in Oklahoma, giving him an unshakable love of open space, thunderstorms,
Western Swing and smoked brisket. His research aims to answer questions of
ecology, systematics, taxonomy, and population genetics for the conservation of
marine mammals. Recently, he has become interested in using natural history
collections and digital media for science communication. To find out more about
his research publications, see his Google Scholar Page. To see his contact information, check out his NOAA Page. For an example of his work in science communications click HERE.
Matt’s research focuses on
the ecology and evolution of marine mammals. He is interested in uncovering
patterns and processes of population biology in order to provide targeted
conservation actions for species protection and recovery. He is also interested
in developing natural resource policy for accurately managing the use of living
resources. He has done field research in
Madagascar, Cambodia, Western Hawaiian Islands, Gulf of Mexico and Australia. Matt has served as an invited participant to the
Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission. He has received
funding for this research from the Sussman Foundation, UC-Mexus , the Lerner-Gray
Memorial Grant at AMNH, National Science Foundation IGERT, National Science Foundation GRF, and the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center.
I. CARVALHO, J. AY LING LOO,
T. COLLINS, J. BARENDSE, C. POMILLA, M. S. LESLIE, P. BEST, H. ROSENBAUM. 2014.
Does temporal and spatial
segregation explain the complex population structure of humpback whales on the
coast of West Africa? Journal of Marine Biology DIO: 10.1007/s00227-013-2379-1.
F. Kershaw, M.S. Leslie, T.
Collins, R. Mansur, M. Rubaiyat, B.D. Smith, G. Minton, R. Baldwin, R. LeDuc,
C. Anderson, R.L. Brownell Jr., H.C Rosenbaum. 2013. New data reveals cryptic species and populations of
Bryde's whales from the Northern Indian Ocean and western North Pacific. J Hered (2013) 104 (6): 755-764. doi: 10.1093/jhered/est057.
I. Archer, P. A. Morin, B. L. Hancock-Hanser, K. M. Robertson, M. S. Leslie, M.
Bérubé, S. Panigada, B. L. Taylor. 2013. Mitogenomic
Phylogenetics of Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus spp.): Genetic Evidence for
Revision of Subspecies. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63396. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063396
Hancock-Hanser, A. Frey, M.S. Leslie, P. Dutton, F. Archer, P. Morin. 2013. Targeted multiplex
next-generation sequencing: Advances in techniques of mitochondrial and nuclear
sequencing for population genomics. Molecular Ecology Resources. 13(2):254-68.
P.J. Ersts, C. Pomilla, J. Kiszka, S. Cerchio,
H.C. Rosenbaum, M. Vely, Y. Razafindrakoto, J.A. Loo, M.S. Leslie, M. Avolio.
2011. Observations of individual
humpback whales utilizing multiple migratory destinations in the south-western
Indian Ocean. African Journal of Marine Science 2011. 33(2): 333-338. DOI:
G. Minton, S.
Cerchio, T. Collins, P. Ersts, K.P. Findlay, C. Pomilla, D. Bennet, M.A. Meyer,
Y. Razafindrakoto, P.G.H. Kotze, W.H. Oosthuizen, M.S. Leslie, N.
Andrianarivelo, R. Baldwin, L. Ponnampalam, and H.C. Rosenbaum. 2010. A note on the comparison of humpback whale tail fluke
catalogues from the Sultanate of Oman with Madagascar and the East African
mainland. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management 11(1):65-68.
H. C. Rosenbaum, C. Pomilla, M. Mendez, M.S. Leslie,
P.B. Best, et al.
2009. Population Structure of Humpback Whales from
Their Breeding Grounds in the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. PLoS
ONE 4(10): e7318. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0007318.
M. J. EATON, G. L. MEYERS,
S. O. KOLOKOTRONIS, M. S. LESLIE, A. P. MARTIN, G. AMATO. 2009. Barcoding bushmeat: molecular forensic identification
of Central African and South American harvested vertebrates. Conservation
Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10592-009-9967-0.
M. MENDEZ, M. S. LESLIE.
2009. Cetacean Mitogenomics.
MitoCommunications; Mitochondrial DNA; DOI: 10.1080/19401730902852976.
M. H. Engel, N. J.R.
Fagundes, H. C. Rosenbaum, M. S. Leslie, P. H. Ott, R. Schmitt, E. Secchi, L.
Dalla Rosa, S. L. Bonatto. 2008. Mitochondrial
DNA diversity and assessment of the likely feeding ground of the Southwestern
Atlantic humpback whale (Megaptera
novaeangliae) breeding area. Conservation Genetics: 9(5):1253-1262.
M. KRETZMAN, L. MENTZER, R. DiGIOVANNI, M. S. LESLIE,
G. AMATO. 2006. Microsatellite
diversity and fitness in stranded juvenile harp seals (Phoca groenlandica).
Journal of Heredity 97(6):555–560.
J.C. Loo, C. Pomilla, M. Mendez, M. S. Leslie, H. C. Rosenbaum. 2006. Assessment of genetic connectivity between breeding
regions B and C and feeding areas I, II and III. SC/A06/HW. Report to the International Whaling
Rosenbaum, C. Pomilla, C. Olavarria, C. s. Baker, M. S. Leslie, et al. 2006. A first and preliminary analysis of mtDNA sequences
from humpback whales from breeding stocks A-G and X. SC/A06/HW. SC/58/HW. Report to the International Whaling
C. ROSENBAUM, C. POMILLA, M. S. LESLIE, M. MENDEZ, P. B. BEST, T. COLLINS, M.
H. ENGEL, P. J. ERSTS, K. P. FINDLAY, P. J. H. KOTZE, M. MEYER, G. MINTON, J.
BARENDSE, K. VAN WAEREBEEK AND Y. RAZAFINDRAKOTO. 2006. Mitochondrial DNA Diversity and Population Structure
of Humpback Whales from the Wintering Areas in the Indian and South Atlantic
Oceans (Regions A, B, C and X). SC/58/SH13. Report to the International Whaling
M. S. LESLIE, A. BATIBASAGA, D. S. WEBER, D. OLSEN, AND H. C.
ROSENBAUM. 2005. First record of Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon
densirostris in Fiji. Pacific
Conservation Biology 11(4):28-30.