Currey-Randall, Leanne

Dr Leanne Currey-Randall

Research Scientist - Fish Population Ecology

Contact Information

Phone (07) 4753 4431
Int +61 7 4753 4431


My career includes 15+ years of experience focused on the biology and ecology of reef and inshore fishes. Much of my research has focused on tropical marine environments through a number of projects (honours, Qld Fisheries 2005 & 2015, JCU employment 2005-2011 & 2015), PhD, postdoctoral and AIMS research. My PhD investigated a combination of innovative methods to better understand movement patterns of important fishes at multiple scales, and in relation to environmental conditions. I aim to conduct research that positively impacts the sustainability of marine ecosystems, with a specific interest in the environmental and spatial drivers of presence, movement and biology of marine individuals.


2015: Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science Candidate, James Cook University

2003: Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Biology, JCU

2002: Bachelor of Science in Biology, JCU


My postdoctoral (Global FinPrint Project) and current research focuses on assessing trends in richness, abundance and species composition of teleosts and elasmobranchs in tropical environments, through time and in relation to industry activities and environmental/spatial drivers. I lead AIMS research using Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) and have in interest using multiple methods in innovative ways to better understand fish-environment interactions.


Australian Society for Fish Biology - Queensland Representative, Executive Council 
Reviewer for international journals (Bull Mar Sci, MEPS, JFB, Fish Sci, Mar Env Res, Coral Reefs)


Miller K, Wakeford M, Currey-Randall L, et al. (2018) Monitoring Rankin Bank and surrounding benthic communities before and after the LPA drilling campaign. In: Miller, KJ & 

Jones R (2018). Greater Western Flank-2 – Rankin Bank: Environmental Monitoring Programme. Report prepared for Woodside Energy ltd. Australian Institute of Marine Science, 


Radford B, Heyward A, Birt M, Case M, Colquhoun J, Currey-Randall L, et al.(2018) Oceanic Shoals AMP Western Flank Assessment 2018 Final Report for Conoco Philips Pty Ltd. 

Australian Institute of Marine Science, Perth.

Langlois T, Williams J, Monk J, Bouchet P, Currey L, et al. (2018) Marine sampling field manual for benthic stereo BRUVS (Baited Remote Underwater Videos). In: Field Manuals 

for Marine Sampling to Monitor Australian Waters, National Environmental Science Programme, Hobart, Tasmania.

Currey LM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Williams AJ (2015) Assessing fine-scale diel movement patterns of an exploited coral reef fish. Animal Biotelemetry 3:41

Currey LM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Williams AJ (2015) Assessing environmental correlates of fish movement on a coral reef. Coral Reefs 34(4):1267-1277

Currey LM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Williams AJ (2014) Sedentary or mobile? Variability in space and depth use of an exploited coral reef fish. Marine Biology 161(9):2155


Currey LM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Williams AJ (2014) Inferring movement patterns of a coral reef fish using oxygen and carbon isotopes in otolith carbonate. Journal of 

Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 456: 18-25.

Currey LM, Heupel MR, Simpfendorfer CA, Clark TD (2013) Blood lactate loads of redthroat emperor Lethrinus miniatus associated with angling stress and exhaustive exercise. 

Journal of Fish Biology 83:1401-1406

Currey LM, Williams AJ, Mapstone BD, et al(2013) Comparative biology of Lethrinus species (Emperors): challenges for multi-species management. Journal of Fish Biology 82:764-


Tobin AJ, Currey LM, Simpfendorfer CA (2013) Informing the vulnerability of species to spawning aggregation fishing using commercial catch data. Fisheries Research 143:47-56

Sweet M, Kirkham N, Bendall M, Currey L, et al. (2012) Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations. PLoS ONE 7: e41989

Marriott RJ, Mapstone BD, Ballagh AC, Currey LM, et al. (2008) Population biology of coral trout species in the eastern Torres Strait: Implications for fishery management. 

Continental Shelf Research 28:2129-2142