About

In my current role as Assistant Director at the Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), I'm responsible for 60 centre members and 20 students. I lead a range of projects focused on marine habitat conservation and restoration. My projects are applied and multidisciplinary including ecology, physiology, modelling, aquaculture, engineering, social science and economics. They also include a wide range of collaborators from government, industry, Traditional Owner, citizen scientist, and conservation and community groups. I'm an experienced communications manager and have taught over 500 postgraduate students and staff about science communication and video production. I also teach professional development courses for postgraduate students and early career researchers.

Interests
Research
  • Marine biology
  • Marine restoration
  • Sportfishing research
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Science communication
  • Shellfish ecology
  • Science funding and the future of careers in science
  • Ecology
  • Integrating new technology into research
Experience
  • 2019 to present - Assistant Director, James Cook University (TropWATER, Townsville)
  • 2019 to present - Principal Research Scientist, James Cook University (TropWATER, Townsville)
  • 2016 to 2018 - Senior Research Scientist, James Cook University (TropWATER, Townsville)
  • 2013 to 2017 - Communications Manager, James Cook University (TropWATER, Townsville)
  • 2015 - Postdoctoral Researcher, James Cook University (College of Science and Engineering)
  • 2010 to 2014 - PhD Candidate, James Cook University (College of Science and Engineering)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2019 - NESP Marine Biodiversity Hub Best Paper
  • 2018 - JCU Visualise My Research - Overall Winner
  • 2017 - Queensland Tall Poppy
  • 2016 - Advance Queensland Digital Champion
  • 2016 - James Cook University Rising Star
Publications

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 37+ research outputs authored by Dr Ian McLeod from 2007 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

ACIAR - Research Grant

Baseline monitoring and evaluation of long-term impacts on fish stocks from coral restoration

Indicative Funding
$23,840 over 3 years (administered by SCU)
Summary
Most coral reefs in the Philippines and elsewhere in SE Asia are degraded or highly threatened by human activities, which jeopardises food security. Previous ACIAR funded projects have successfully re-established multiple breeding coral populations on highly degraded reefs. This project will assess the impact of these and scaled-up coral restoration projects on local fish populations.
Investigators
Ian McLeod in collaboration with Peter Harrison and Patrick Cabaitan (TropWATER, Southern Cross University and University of the Philippines)
Keywords
coral restoration; livelihoods; coral death; Food Security; Coral Reef Fish; Restoration

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - National Environment Science Program (NESP) - Total Water Quality (TWQ)

Restoring ecosystems from catchment to reef

Indicative Funding
$23,115 (administered by Reef & Rainforest Research Centre)
Summary
A range of NESP TWQ Hub funded projects have delivered insights into improved ways of restoring and evaluating ecosystem restoration efforts, from catchments through to the reef and other marine environments. This work has mostly focused on sediments, nutrients and freshwater, estuarine and marine wetland restoration in a wide range of projects. The diversity of approaches and contexts in which restoration has occurred, make it very difficult for anyone not intimately associated with the work to appreciate the overall outcomes and learnings. This synthesis will provide the ability to see across this range of projects and outcomes. Synthesis of the outcomes across these projects will provide easy to access practical recommendations for land and sea managers.
Investigators
Suzanne Long, Nathan Waltham, Ian McLeod, Catherine Collier, Rebecca Bartley, Bruce Taylor and Andrew Brooks in collaboration with Damien Burrows, Rachael Smith, Jessica Sabatino and Mike Ronan (Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, TropWATER, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Griffith University, College of Science & Engineering, Department of Environment and Science (Qld) and Reef Catchments NRM)

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Research Program - Marine Biodiversity Hub

The role of restoration in conserving matters of national environmental significance (MNES)

Indicative Funding
$165,500 over 3 years (administered by UTAS)
Summary
This project will review and assess the capacity of active restoration to secure conservation outcomes for Matters of National Environmental Significance across four habitats: giant kelp forests, seagrass communities, saltmarsh communities, and shellfish communities.
Investigators
Ian McLeod (TropWATER)
Keywords
shellfish reefs; Environmental Management; coastal restoration; bull kelp; Seagrass; Salt Marsh

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program (NESP) - Tropical Water Quality Hub (TWQ Hub)

Best practice coral restoration for the Great Barrier Reef

Indicative Funding
$607,000 over 3 years
Summary
Great Barrier Reef (GBR) continues to degrade, pressure is growing for direct interventions to assist the recovery of corals at important sites. This project will (1) summarise and evaluate the success of coral restoration and assisted recovery techniques worldwide (2) identify the techniques most likely to help the GBR and experimentally test the most promising techniques, (3) come up with best practices for post-impact coral reattachment and reorientation and (4) explore options for training courses, offset models and Indigenous employment.
Investigators
Ian McLeod in collaboration with Adam Smith, David Bourne, Peter Harrison, Boze Hancock, Geoff Jones, Lisa Bostrom Einarsson, Nathan Cook and Margaux Hein (TropWATER, College of Science & Engineering, Southern Cross University, The Nature Conservancy, Reef Ecologic and ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies)
Keywords
coral restoration; envornmental management; coastal restoration; coral ecology; Larval Ecology; Citizen Science

Department of Industry - Contract Research

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Design Phase

Indicative Funding
$286,500 over 2 years (administered by AIMS)
Summary
The RRAP Design Phase seeks to deliver a business case for government, industry and private investment, the primary objective of which is to develop reef restoration and adaptation technologies that can be applied at scale, within affordability and practicality limits, to retain key functional attributes of the Great Barrier Reef. This project will contribute JCU expertise to evaluating coral restoration methods, undertaking regulatory and institutional environment mapping required for restoration to occur and an analysis of the viewpoints and engagement of stakeholders in reef restoration.
Investigators
Ian McLeod, Maxine Newlands and Stewart Lockie (TropWATER, College of Arts, Society & Education and Cairns Institute)
Keywords
Great Barrier Reef; Reef Restoration

Department of the Environment and Energy - National Environmental Science Program - Marine Biodiversity Hub

Underpinning the repair and conservation of Australia's threatened coastal-marine habitats - Phase 2

Indicative Funding
$390,000 over 3 years (administered by UTAS)
Summary
The primary objective of this project is to provide essential research to underpin restoration efforts to increase the success and efficiency of shellfish and saltmarsh repair. The secondary objective is to quantify clear easily understood benefits of repair to further increase Indigenous and interest group support for repair efforts.
Investigators
Ian McLeod in collaboration with Colin Creighton, Chris Gillies, Marcus Sheaves, Matthew Taylor, Vishnu Prahalad, Ben Diggles, Katya Abrantes, Carlo Mattone and Jakob Fries (TropWATER, The Nature Conservancy (AUS), College of Science & Engineering, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Living Wetlands and DigsFish Services)
Keywords
Oyster; Water Quality; Shellfish; Habitat; Restoration; Indigenous engagement
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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

Current
  • Best practices for effective coral reef restoration through macroalgae removal and coral larvae enhancement at Magnetic Island. (Masters , Secondary Advisor)
  • Effects of Reef Restoration Techniques (Macroalgal Removal combined with Larval Capture and Release) on the Genetic Diversity and Connectivity in Scleratinian Populations of Magnetic Island, Australia;; (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
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  • 4 collaborations
  • 3 collaborations
  • 2 collaborations
  • 1 collaboration
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