Dr Leanne Cullen-Unsworth
Current research projects
Waterloo Foundation (2012-2014): Recognising the role of seagrass meadows in food security: re-prioritising the marine conservation agenda (2012-2014)
The Seagrass Ecosystem Research Group (SERG) is a joint inter-disciplinary research collaboration between scientists in Biosciences at Swansea University and the Sustainable Places Research Institute. It is engaged in basic and applied research into the structure, function and resilience of seagrass meadows within a linked social ecological system and the food security support these meadows provide. Visit the website: http://www.seagrass.org.uk/
Completed research projects
Resilience and Ecocultures: an example from the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Research into the improved chances of resilience in a community maintaining traditional lifestyles and connections to nature.
Development of integrated indicators to measure and monitor biological, social and cultural change for use by the statutory management authority, local stakeholder groups and community environmental stewards. Research in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Queensland, Australia.
Impacts of climate change on rainforest Aboriginal People: a focus on shifting seasons. Cooperative research with Rainforest Aboriginal community.
Sustainable livelihoods assessment: Indigenous ecotourism viability study. Collaborative research, report prepared for the Centre for Sustainable Indigenous Communities, James Cook University.
Sustainable livelihoods assessment into the viability of a remote Indigenous community utilising ‘ghost nets’ to weave sellable items. Report prepared for the Centre for Sustainable Indigenous Communities, James Cook University.
Economic and subsistence values of the standing stocks of seagrass fisheries and the potential benefits of no-fishing marine protected area management in the Wakatobi Marine National Park.
Direct financial value of natural marine resources to local dependants; local resource use patterns; appropriate alternative livelihoods; and methods for the development of a series of economic performance criteria to monitor the local economic impacts of management action. Research conducted in the Wakatobi Marine National Park, Indonesia.
European University Association (EUA) An investigation of student and staff experiences within the Coastal and Water Management Network, European Joint Masters Programme: outlining best practice.
Investigating the biology of the hydrothermal vent mussel Bathymodeolus azoricus. Research involved mussel growth experiments under controlled conditions of methane, sulphide and oxygen exposure. Research conducted at the University of the Azores.
Biochemical oxygen demand and dissolved oxygen in a lagoon in Southern Portugal. An investigation into the tidal flushing capacity of the Ria Formosa.
Feeding behaviour of different colour morphs of the temperate rocky shore sea anemone Anemonia viridis.