[MARMAM] Rebecca (Becs) Leaper

Simon Childerhouse simon at blueplanetmarine.com
Sun May 26 22:51:12 PDT 2013


It is with great sadness that I pass on the news of the passing of a
dedicated and passionate marine conservation scientist, Dr Rebecca (Becs)
Leaper.

 

Becs was awarded her PhD in marine ecology from the University of Aberdeen
in 2000. Her passion to apply and extend her knowledge in ways that had
tangible conservation outcomes in the marine realm was inexhaustible. Her
drive and adventurous spirit saw Becs work around the UK, in New Zealand and
for most of the past decade in Australia. Becs has been a key member of
science teams at the Australian Antarctic Division, the Tasmanian
Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, CSIRO and most recently at the
University of Tasmania's Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science. She has
worked on issues that range from the role of whales in their marine
ecosystems through to conservation mechanisms for marine biodiversity. Becs
passion for her work was matched only by her generosity of spirit in the way
she interacted with her colleagues. She was an absolute live wire and a
catalyst in all social groups that brought people together.

 

Becs will be sadly missed by all of us who were lucky enough to have known
and worked with her.

 

Nick Gales

Chief Scientist

Australian Antarctic Division

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