Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Ecological Monitoring
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), and my PhD 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 conservation and sustainability of marine ecosystems, with a specific interest in the environmental 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

Current Research Activities
My postdoctoral research focuses on assessing shark and ray abundance and diversity in coral reef environments, as part of the Global FinPrint Project. I lead research using Baited Remote Underwater Video Systems (BRUVS) in remote locations of northern Australia and Pacific countries with collaborators and volunteers. My focus is to determine the spatial and environmental drivers for presence, diversity and relative abundance of species among locations, to better understand fish-environment interactions.
Expert Committees and Boards
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)
Over 20 science and technical papers in international journals. The following are a selection of recent publications.

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):2155-2166

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, Davies CR, Carlos G, Welch DJ, Simpfendorfer CA, Ballagh AC, Penny AL, Grandcourt EM, Mapleston A, Wiebkin AS, Bean K (2013) Comparative biology of Lethrinus species (Emperors): challenges for multi-species management. Journal of Fish Biology 82:764-788

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, Bythell J, Heupel M (2012) Evidence of melanoma in wild marine fish populations. PLoS ONE 7: e41989

Marriott RJ, Mapstone BD, Ballagh AC, Currey LM, Penny AL, Williams AJ, Jackson G, Lou DC, Mapleston AJ, Jarvis NDC, Keay IS, Newman SJ (2010) Accepting final counts from repeat readings of otoliths: should a common criterion apply to the age estimation of fish? Marine and Freshwater Research 61:1171-1184

Williams AJ, Davies CR, Mapstone BD, Currey LM, Welch DJ, Begg GA, Ballagh AC, Choat JH, Murchie CD, Simpfendorfer CA (2009) Age-based demography of humpback grouper Cromileptes altivelis: implications for fisheries management and conservation. Endangered Species Research 9:67-79

Williams AJ, Currey LM, Begg GA, Murchie CD, Ballagh AC (2008) Population biology of coral trout species in the eastern Torres Strait: Implications for fishery management. Continental Shelf Research 28:2129-2142

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