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. 

  • Marine biology
  • Marine resoration
  • Sportfishing
  • Coral reef ecology
  • Science communication
  • Shellfish ecology
  • Science funding and the future of careers in science
  • 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
  • 2018 - JCU Visualise My Research - Overall Winner
  • 2017 - Queensland Tall Poppy
  • 2016 - James Cook University Rising Star
  • 2016 - Advance Queensland Digital Champion

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 24+ 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)
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.
Ian McLeod in collaboration with Peter Harrison and Patrick Cabaitan (TropWATER, Southern Cross University and University of the Philippines)
coral restoration; livelihoods; coral death; Food Security; Coral Reef Fish; 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
$165,500 over 3 years (administered by UTAS)
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.
Ian McLeod (TropWATER)
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
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.
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)
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
$246,500 over 2 years (administered by AIMS)
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.
Ian McLeod, Maxine Newlands and Stewart Lockie (TropWATER, College of Arts, Society & Education and Cairns Institute)
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)
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.
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)
Oyster; Water Quality; Shellfish; Habitat; Restoration; Indigenous engagement

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