Leesa is currently a Lecturer in Statistics and the Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator in the School of Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences at UNSW Canberra.
- PhD, 2007, University of NSW.
- MEdSt, 1998, University of Queensland.
- DipEd, 1990, University of Queensland.
- BSc (with 1st class Honours in Mathematics), 1989, University of Queensland.
- Employed by UNSW Canberra as Associate Lecturer (Feb 1997 - Jan 2000) and as Lecturer from Feb 2007.
- Employed as High School Mathematics teacher at Bremer State High School, Queensland (Jan 1991 - Jan 1997).
Research Interests: Current projects in my research areas of Statistical Ecology, Mathematical Biology and Education include:-
- Effect of climatic and oceanographic variables on survival of little penguins
- Effect of banding on little penguins
- Bayesian analysis of multiyear tagging and catch-at-age data for southern bluefin tuna
- Modelling food- and water-borne disease outbreaks
- Comparing the performances of first-year engineering students at UNSW Canberra
PhD Opportunities: MPhil, MSc and PhD thesis topics for the above research areas are available.
Honours and Awards:
- UNSW Canberra Rector’s Commendation for Excellence in Classroom Teaching: 2009
- Highly commended for seminar entitled “Little Penguins: to band or not to band?” at the Australian Statistical Conference in Melbourne: 2008
- Ria de Groot Prize for the best female postgraduate research student graduating from UNSW Canberra: 2007