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Jim McLeod

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Information and Computational Sciences
Information and Computational Sciences
Software Engineer
+44 (0)344 928 5428 (*)

The James Hutton Institute
Aberdeen AB15 8QH
Scotland UK


Jim McLeod is a Software Engineer with over twenty years experience in designing, building and testing software systems in both research and commercial environments. His recent work has been on the development and testing of ecological models and decision support systems.

Current research interests

Modelling of spatial foraging processes.


  • Gilbert, L.; McLeod, J.; Braga, J. (2016) The role of woodland expansion in shaping tick abundance over Scotland., In: Irvine, R.J. (ed.) Biodiversity and Upland Management. The James Hutton Institute, Craigiebuckler, Aberdeen, Chapter 12, pp26-27.

  • Albon, S.D.; McLeod, J.; Potts, J.; Brewer, M.; Irvine, R.J.; Fraser, D.; Newey, S. (2019) Updating the estimates of natural trends and regional differences in red deer densities on open-hill ground in Scotland., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Research Report, No. 1149, 28pp.
  • Albon, S.D.; Potts, J.M.; Brewer, M.; McLeod, J.; Elston, D.; Irvine, R.J. (2017) Estimating national trends and regional differences in red deer density on open-hill ground in Scotland: identifying the causes of change and consequences for upland habitats., Scottish Natural Heritage Commissioned Report, No. 981, 29pp.
  • Pakeman, R,J.; Beale, C.; Brooker, R,; Chamberlain, D.; Demars, B.O.L.; Iason, G.R.; McLeod, J.; Littlewood, N.; Lisewski, V.; Taylor, A.F.S. (2011) Prioritising species and habitat actions by Local Biodiversity Action Partnerships in Scotland., Report to Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Pakeman, R.J.; McLeod, J. (2011) Resoration of BAP habitats on upland grass fell commons. Provision of advice on grazing levels., Report to H & H Bowe Chartered Surveyors.
  • Schwarz, G.; Wilson, R.M.; Swales, V.; Burton, R.; Wright, I.A.; Gilbert, A.; McLeod, J. (2006) Less favoured area support scheme in Scotland: review of the evidence and appraisal of options for the scheme post 2010., Report for the Scottish Executive, Macaulay Institute, University of Edinburgh and IEEP, October 2006, 207pp.
  • Henderson, D.J.; Malcolm, A.; Nolan, A.J.; Hewison, R.L.; MCLeod, J.; Alexander, J. (2004) Habitat condition assessment and modelling for appropriate grazing management of Merrick-Kells SSSI and heather condition assessment for Cairnsmore of Fleet NNR., Scottish Natural Heritage.

  • Poggio, L.; McLeod, J.; Castellazzi, M.; Compagnucci, A.; Gimona, A. (2018) Soil quality assessment in Scotland., 3rd Global Soil Security Conference, University of Sydney, Australia, 4-6 December 2018.
  • Schwarz, G.; Wilson, R.M.; Swales, V.; Burton, R.; Wright, I. A.; Gilbert, A.; McLeod, J.; McKeen, M. (2007) Review of the less favoured area support scheme in Scotland: Past impact and future options., In: Less Favoured Areas for Agriculture and Rural Areas (eds. I. Herova, P. Jakobe, O. Kral, et al.). Conference, Jihlava, Czech Republic, 7-10 November 2007, pp57.
  • Morris, J.; Audsley, E.; Wright, I.A.; McLeod, J.; Pearn, K.; Angus, A.; Rickard, S. (2006) Scanning agricultural futures in England and Wales and implications for the environment,, Agricultural Economics Society Conference, 80th, Paris, France, 29-31 March 2006.
  • Wright, I.A., Milne, J.A., Birch, C.P.D., Sibbald, A.R., McLeod, J.E. and Stanworth, G. (2003) HillPlan: A decision support tool to aid in the management of rangelands in the uplands of the United Kingdom., Rangelands in the New Millennium. Proceedings of the VII International Rangeland Congress, Durban, South Africa, 26 July - 1 August 2003. pp975-977.

  • Iason, G.R.; Beaton, J.K.; Reid, S.; Ellis, C.; Finger, A.; Newey, S.; Irvine, J.; McLeod, J.; Gilbert, L.; Fielding, D.; Dagleish, D.; McInnes, C.; Artz, R.; Miller, P.; Gimona, A.; Poggio, L.; Eastwood, A.; Fisher, A.; Skuce, P. (2018) RESAS Strategic Research Programme: Biodiversity and Ecosystems., Posters presented at The Wild North East - Scotland's Natural Gem, organised by North East Scotland Biodiversity Partnership, James Hutton Institute, 13 April 2018.
  • Poggio, L.; McLeod, J.; Castellazzi, M.; Baggio Compagnucci, A.; Gimona, A. (2018) Digital soil assessment modelling for land evaluation in Scotland., European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Vienna, Austria, 8-13 April 2018. Geophysical Research Abstracts, 20, EGU2018-14355.
  • McLeod, J.; Sibbald, A.M.; Erhard, H.W. (2006) From boids to sheepoids., Proceedings of the International Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, 40th, University of Bristol, August 8-12 2006. Abstract, p116.

Scientific Posters / Conferences

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