Leanne Currey

Research Scientist

LMCurrey_FinPrint Profile

   Former Postdoctoral Scientist, Australian Institute of Marine Science (June 2015 – August 2017)

  Adjunct Research Fellow, College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University


Leanne was a postdoctoral fellow on the Global FinPrint Project, based at the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) in Townsville, Queensland Australia. She is now a research scientist for AIMS. As part of Global FinPrint Project, Leanne led the sampling of sharks and rays using BRUVs at coral reefs around northern Australia and at locations in the Pacific. Leanne’s research background has investigated the biology and spatial ecology of exploited fishes and how environmental conditions influence movement patterns and catch rates. Her specific interest lies in understanding what spatial and environmental factors drive the patterns in shark and ray diversity and abundance.

    What spatial and environmental conditions are related to the high abundance of sharks and rays?

  Do specific spatial and environmental factors affect the diversity of sharks and rays?

  Are fish communities more diverse and abundant at locations with minimal human pressures (e.g. areas with no fishing, far from large human populations)?

    Coral Triangle Region

    Examines environmental influences on abundance, diversity and catch of key marine species.

  Combines innovative techniques (tracking and otolith isotope chemistry) to identify migration and movement patterns of reef predators at regional, reef, and within-reef scales.

  Uses different setups of acoustic telemetry arrays to determine reef-scale and habitat-scale movement and space use of marine species.

    Generating measurable impact from research, e.g. using multiple tools to provide a complete picture of animal movement, implementation of size limits, producing ecological risk assessments, identifying the vulnerability of exploited species to capture.

  Actively promotes science and engages with the community.

  Executive member of the Australian Society for Fish Biology.