Tom Bech Letessier

Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M085), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • 185 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
20092018
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Personal profile

Biography

Dr Tom B Letessier is a research assistant professor at the centre for marine futures, Oceans Institute, University of Western Australia since 2011. He has previously studied at the University of Aberdeen, and the University of St-Andrews.

Roles and responsibilities

I am responsible for implementing the National Environmental Research Program’s (NERP) project on the interactions of marine megafauna with ocean features such as canyons.

This involves, but is not limited to:

-Synthesising approaches used to understand marine megafauna (cetaceans, large sharks and fishes) interactions with oceanic features such as canyons, banks and marine cliffs.

-Compiling relevant databases for megafauna, biological oceanography and seabed topography as relevant to the project, and identify key focal study areas.

-Leading and participating in field programs, with responsibility for organisation, logistics, health and safety, and implementation.

-Maintaining communication with NERP team members in Node 3 and in other nodes as appropriate.

-Developing networks of colleagues working in related or complementary areas, nationally and internationally.

-Completing major statistical analyses of existing and new data sets.

-Presenting research results and conclusions in workshops and conferences.

-Publishing scholarly papers and reports related to this research

-Completing reports and prepare documentation associated with work accomplished.

Funding overview

Dr Tom B Letessier, Prof Jessica J. Meeuwig 2012 Monitoring the fish population structure in the Tvedestrand Marine Reserve 2012.

Tom B. Letessier, Prof Andrew Brierley. 2009 Russel Trust award
The University of St Andrews

Tom B Letessier, Dr Rona McGill, Prof Andrew S Brierley 2009 NERC grant EK151-13/09 Tropho dynamics on either side of the Charlie-Gibbs Fracture Zone

Previous positions

2007-2011 PhD at the University of St-Andrews, Uk
2006-2007 Scientific Officer, Coral Cay Conservation, Fiji and Tobago
2002-2006 Bsc (Hon), University of Aberdeen
2001-2002 Military Officer Course in the Norwegian Armed Forces

Research

My main interests lies in the environmental drivers of open-ocean and pelagic ecosystems. My PhD studies involved investigating the impact of bathymetry features on pelagic ecology using field sampling, statistical modeling techniques, and biochemical laboratory analysis such as stable isotopes and fatty acid. I have a keen interest in trophology, biodiversity and taxonomy. I am presently investigating the effect of bathymetry anomalies on apex predators, from the point of view of conservation and sustainable fishery management. Current research projects involve Shark Bay WA, The Timor Sea, Chagos/British Indian Ocean Territory, New Caledonia, and the Skagerrak coast of Norway

Languages

English
French
Norwegian

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Projects 2013 2013

Research Output 2009 2018

  • 185 Citations
  • 9 h-Index
  • 21 Article
4 Citations

Reef accessibility impairs the protection of sharks

Juhel, J. B., Vigliola, L., Mouillot, D., Kulbicki, M., Letessier, T. B., Meeuwig, J. J. & Wantiez, L., 1 Mar 2018, In : Journal of Applied Ecology. 55, 2, p. 673-683 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

shark
accessibility
reef
protected area
fishing
9 Citations

Cephalopods of the Southwest Indian OceanRidge: A hotspot of biological diversity and absence of endemism

Laptikhovsky, V., Boersch-Supan, P., Bolstad, K., Kemp, K., Letessier, T. & Rogers, A. D., 1 Feb 2017, In : Deep-Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography. 136, p. 98-107 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

cephalopod
endemism
biodiversity
ecotone
global ocean

Continental-scale hotspots of pelagic fish abundance inferred from commercial catch records

Bouchet, P., Meeuwig, J., Huang, Z., Letessier, T., Nichol, S., Caley, M. J. & Watson, R. A., Oct 2017, In : Global Ecology and Biogeography. 26, 10, p. 1098-1111

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

pelagic fish
anthropogenic activities
hot spot
Western Australia
marine park
3 Citations

Drivers of abundance and spatial distribution of reef-associated sharks in an isolated atoll reef system

Tickler, D. M., Letessier, T. B., Koldewey, H. J. & Meeuwig, J. J., 1 May 2017, In : PLoS One. 12, 5, e0177374.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Sharks
Reefs
sharks
Spatial distribution
reefs
5 Citations

Sampling mobile oceanic fishes and sharks: implications for fisheries and conservation planning

Letessier, T. B., Bouchet, P. J. & Meeuwig, J. J., May 2017, In : Biological Reviews. 92, 2, p. 627–646

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Sharks
Fisheries
sharks
Fish
Conservation

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