Principal Investigator
TropWATER, James Cook University

ATSIP Building 1 James Cook University Drive Townsville, QLD 4811

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Person details


Current activities

Dr McLeod is the Principal Investigator for Project B4 'Underpinning the repair of Australia’s shellfish reefs' led with Colin Creighton (TropWATER, JCU) and Dr Chris Gillies (The Nature Conservancy). 

Ian's research focuses on coastal repair, sportsfishing and ecotourism, coral reef ecology, climate change impacts on the marine environment and land-based effects on coastal waters. He is the Business and Innovation Manager for TropWATER and Co-founder and Director of Cinematic Science.


Ian has 12 years experience as a leader in the fields of environmental management, scientific research, communications and outreach. He has worked on every continent. 

Academic qualifications

PhD (2015) - James Cook University 
MSc (1st Class Honours) - The University of Auckland 
Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Management - The University of Auckland 
Postgraduate Certificate in Water Quality  - The University of Auckland 
BSc in Biology - The University of Auckland 

Membership of key national committees

  • Australian Marine Science Society
  • Australian Science Communicators
  • Australian Shellfish Restoration Network

James Cook University Profile

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  •  Mullet and Sydney rock oysters (video)