My name is Leanne Currey and I am a fish ecologist and postdoctoral fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville, Queensland Australia. My current research focuses on identifying, monitoring and assessing fish species that comprise tropical marine ecosystems. I work on a number of ecological projects and the Global FinPrint Project, assessing the diversity and abundance of fishes in relation to their environment, location and disturbance.
My interests are stem from an interest in the biology and spatial ecology of exploited fishes and I am passionate about sustainable fisheries. As a member of the former Fishing & Fisheries Research Team, my previous work involved examining the catch and life histories of tropical reef and inshore fishes. My PhD research focused on using a combination of innovative methods to understand the movement patterns of the fishery important redthroat emperor, Lethrinus miniatus, over multiple scales on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). At the reef-scale, my work used acoustic telemetry to investigate space and depth use of tagged individuals to suggest how effective MPAs are for protection of this species and whether movement is driven by changes in environmental conditions. Otolith microchemistry (isotopes) was used to infer the potential for broad-scale migration of L. miniatus along the GBR. With these two approaches, my work provided information beneficial to the management of emperors in tropical fisheries, and is applicable to other species.
My career goals involve providing research to fill ecological and biological knowledge gaps for marine species, that will assist the management of fishes and their environments.