Dr. Leigh McGaughey

Project Scientist

613-936-6620 x 224

lmcgaughey [at] riverinstitute.ca


Leigh is an ecologist, who started her career in South Africa where she completed a BSc (1994), BSc Honours (1995) and MSc (2000) degrees in Biological Sciences. In 2001 she moved to Australia and worked as a Research Assistant at Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute as part of the Abalone Research team to provide scientific support to the fishing industry. In 2005 she took up a scholarship for her PhD studies at the University of British Columbia, Canada, where she built an ecosystem model of a sub-Antarctic system which was used to explore past population dynamics and climate change scenarios. In 2010, Leigh was employed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, based in Italy, as a Postdoctoral Grantholder where she worked on developing indicators for both fisheries and conservation applications.

Research Interests

Leigh’s expertise include invertebrate biology, stable isotopes, ecosystem modelling, remote sensing, ecosystem indicators and ecosystem services.

Publications (née Gurney)

Papers in Refereed Journals

1. M. Coll, L. J. Shannon, K. M. Kleisner, M. J. Juan Jordà, A. Bundy, Y.-J. Shin, A.G. Akoglu, D. Banaru, J. L. Boldt, M.F. Borges, A. Cook, I. Diallo, C. Fu, C. Fox, D. Gascuel, L. Gurney, T. Hattab, J.J. Heymans, D. Jouffre, B.R. Knight, S. Kucukawsar, S. I. Large, C. Lynam, A. Machias, K. N. Marshall, H. Masski, H. Ojaveer, C. Piroddi, J. Tam, D. Thiao, M. Thiaw, M.A. Torres, M. Travers-Trolet, K. Tsagarakis, I. Tuck, G.I. van der Meeren, D.G. Yemane, S. G. Zador. Ecological indicators to capture the effects of fishing on biodiversity and conservation status of exploited marine ecosystems (2016) Ecological Indicators 60: 947-962
2. Treasure AM, Ruzicka JJ., Moloney CL, Gurney LJ and Ansorge IJ (2015) Land-sea interactions and consequences for sub-Antarctic marine food webs. Ecosystems 18 (5) 2015, 752-768
3. Gurney LJ, Pakhomov EA & Christensen V (2014) An ecosystem model of the Prince Edward Island Archipelago (Southern Ocean) Ecological Modelling 294:117 – 136
4. Steenbeek J, Coll M, Gurney L, Mélin F, Hoepffner N, Buszowskia J, Christensen V (2013) Bridging the gap between ecosystem modeling tools and geographic information systems: Driving a food web model with external spatial–temporal data. Ecological Modelling 263: 139-151.
5. Liquete C, Piroddi C, Drakou EG, Gurney L, Katsanevakis S, Charef A, Egoh B (2013). Current Status and Future Prospects for the Assessment of Marine and Coastal Ecosystem Services: A Systematic Review. PlosOne: 8 (7) e67737,1-15.
6. Egoh, BN, PJ O’Farrell, A Charef, LJ Gurney, T Koellner, HN Abi, M Egoh, L Willemen. (2012). An African account of ecosystem service provision: Use, threats and policy options for sustainable livelihoods. Ecosystem Services 2: 71-81.
7. L.J. Gurney, E.P. Pakhomov & B.P.V. Hunt, (2011). Life-support system of the Prince Edward Archipelago: overview of local and advected resources. In: First symposium on The Kerguelen Plateau: Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries (Duhamel G. & Welsford D., eds), pp. 217-232. Paris: SFI.
8. Pakhomov EA, Dubischar CD, Hunt BPV, Strass V, Cisewski B, Siegel V, von Harbou L, Gurney L, Kitchener J, Bathmann U (2011) Biology and life cycles of pelagic tunicates in the Lazarev Sea, Southern Ocean. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography 58: 1677.
9. Hunt, BPV, Gurney LJ and Pakhomov EA (2008) Time series analysis of hydrological and biological variability on the Prince Edward Island (Southern Ocean) shelf. Polar Biology 31: 893-904.
10. Gurney LJ, Mundy, C, Porteus, MC (2005) Determining age and growth of abalone using stable oxygen isotopes: A tool for fisheries management. Fisheries Research 72: 353-360.
11. Swadling KM, Ritz DA, Nicol S, Osborn JE, Gurney LJ (2005) Respiration rate and cost of swimming for Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, in large groups in the laboratory. Marine Biology 146: 1169-1175.
12. Gurney LJ, Froneman PW, Pakhomov EA & McQuaid CD (2002) Diel feeding patterns and daily ration estimates of three subantarctic euphausiids in the vicinity of the Prince Edward Islands (Southern Ocean) Deep-Sea Research II 49: 3207-3227.
13. Froneman PW, Pakhomov EA, Gurney LJ, Hunt BPV (2002) Predation impact of carnivorous macrozooplankton in the vicinity of the Prince Edward Island Archipelago (Southern Ocean) in austral autumn 1998. Deep-Sea Research II 49: 3243 – 3254.
14. Gurney LJ, Froneman PW, Pakhomov EA & McQuaid CD (2001) Trophic position of three euphausiid species from the Prince Edward Islands (Southern Ocean): Implications for the pelagic food web structure. Marine Ecology Progress Series 217: 167 – 174.
15. Pakhomov, EA, Hunt BPV & Gurney LJ (2000) The fifth cruise of the Marion Island Oceanographic Survey (MIOS V), April to May 2000. South African Journal of Science 96:1-3.
16. Perissinotto R, Gurney L and Pakhomov EA (2000) Contribution of heterotrophic material to the diet and energy budget of Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba. Marine Biology 136:129-135.
17. Pakhomov EA, Ansorge IJ, McQuaid CD, Kohrs S, Waldron H, Hunt B, Gurney L, Kaehler S, Lawrie, S, Held C & Machu E. (1999). The fourth cruise of the Marion Island Oceanographic Survey (MIOS 4), April to May 1999. South African Journal of Science 95: 420-422.

Book Chapters

1. Kieran Kelleher, Pierre Failler, Gilles Boeuf, Leigh Gurney, Dan Laffoley, Laura Parker, Gretta Pecl, Carol Turley and Michel Warnau (2015) Bridging the Gap Between Ocean Acidification Impacts and Economic Valuation: Regional Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Fisheries and Aquaculture: The Southern Ocean and South Pacific Region. Eds Hilmi N., Allemand D., Kavanagh C., Laffoley D., Metian M., Osborn D., Reynaud S.
2. Pettorelli N, Wegmann M, Gurney L, Dubois G 2016 Chapter 18. Monitoring Protected Areas from Space. Book title: ” Protected Areas: Are They Safeguarding Biodiversity?” Eds: Lucas Joppa, Jonathan Baillie and John Robinson. Publisher is Wiley-Blackwell.

Popular article

1. Gurney L.J. and Pakhomov.E.A. 2012 Ecology of sub-Antarctic Islands: an Eco-System Approach for Understanding Population Dynamics and their Drivers. Newsletter for the Canadian Arctic Research Network, Volume 31, November, 1-7.

Technical Reports

1. Gurney LJ and Mundy CM (2004) Reproductive biology: Identifying spawning cycles in the genus Haliotis. Technical Report Series, Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 22 December 2004.
2. Hunt, BPV and Gurney LJ (2007) Biology of pelagic tunicates in the Lazarev Sea. Reports on Polar and Marine Research 568:58-63.