About

My research is focused on marine and coastal habitat restoration (coral, shellfish, seagrass, kelp and saltmarsh), sportsfishing and ecotourism, coral reef ecology, climate change impacts on the marine environment and land-based effects on coastal waters. 

Interests
Research
  • Marine biology
  • Marine resoration
  • Sportfishing
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Science communication
  • Shellfish ecology
  • Science funding and the future of careers in science
Experience
  • 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 - Environmental Consultant, Independent contractor
  • 2010 to 2014 - PhD Candidate, James Cook University (College of Science and Engineering)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
Honours
Awards
  • 2017 - Queensland Tall Poppy
  • 2016 - James Cook University Rising Star
  • 2016 - Advance Queensland Digital Champion
Publications

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Current Funding

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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, Innovation and Science - Contract Research

Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program Design Phase

Indicative Funding
$176,500 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 Research Program - Marine Biodiversity Hub

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

Indicative Funding
$110,500 (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 - 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

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

Conservation of Australia's threatened coastal-marine habitats - phase 1

Indicative Funding
$130,000 (administered by University of Tasmania)
Summary
The objective of this research is to support the scaling-up of repair efforts for two threatened nearshore marine ecological communities, shellfish reefs and saltmarshes. Both habitats harbour significant marine biodiversity and play a critical role in supporting healthy estuarine and nearshore systems. Specifically, the project will synthesize current knowledge of their distribution, ecology and ecosystem function and for saltmarshes, will develop the case for using prawns as surrogates of primary productivity, to improve community understanding of the functional importance of saltmarshes to estuarine health and food production. The research synthesis will be used to guide the development of more effective policy on coastal-marine repair, improve community education on the importance of habitats to estuary health and develop a detailed business case to support investment in marine repair activities for private industry stakeholders.
Investigators
Ian McLeod (TropWATER)
Keywords
Marine Ecology; coastal marine repair; shellfish reefs; estuary health; saltmarshes
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