Leigh’s current projects include on-going taxonomic revisions of the terrestrial flatworms of Australia and the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand; continuing collaboration with Professor J-L Justine, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France, and Prof Romain Gastineau , University of Szczecin, Poland, on invasive land planarians in France and in French Territories, and the iNaturalist project “Land planarians of the World”. Leigh uses traditional morphological techniques including histology to identify and classify species. This is an essential component of the total evidence approach to taxonomy and systematics of land flatworms where these traditional morphological methods are combined with the molecular analyses undertaken by his colleagues in Europe, with whom he collaborates on this research.


Leigh was awarded his PhD from James Cook University in 2004 for a thesis entitled “Studies on the systematics and biogeography of terrestrial flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Terricola) of the Australian Region.”

Previously Leigh was a senior technical officer, then later a scientific officer in the School of Biological Sciences at James Cook University 1974-1996 where in 1991 he completed his MSc on “Taxonomic studies on free-living flatworms”, the latter including studies on the highly invasive terrestrial flatworm Platydemus manokwari. From 1996 – 2011 Leigh was Manager of Health and Safety at James Cook University, a position from which he retired in 2011, finally able to return to his zoological taxonomic research interests in an adjunct capacity.


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