Dr Ian Leiper

Dr Ian Leiper
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Lecturer - Research Fellow
Primary research group: 
Remote Sensing
BSc(Hons), PhD


Ian graduated with a BSc(Hons) majoring in Marine Biology and Tropical Marine Science, and was awarded a PhD in Remote Sensing at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Ian worked as Project Scientist for Coral Cay Conservation, based in the Philippines, before joining RIEL in early 2012 to complete a project mapping the coastal and marine habitats of Timor-Leste. His current research utilises remote sensing and GIS techniques to better understand environmental processes across multiple spatial and temporal scales. Increasingly he works in collaborative groups, with ecologists and social scientists, to assess environmental and management issues.

Current projects include:

  • Marine turtle distribution in the Arafura and Timor Seas
  • Global assessment of the contribution of Indigenous peoples to conservation

People I work with

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Dr Karen Joyce
Adjunct - Senior Lecturer
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Dr David Blondeau-Patissier
Alumni - Honorary Research Fellow
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Muditha Heenkenda
PhD Student
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Olukemi Alaba
Masters Student
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Javier Chen
Alumni - Honours Student
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Andrew Esparon
Research Masters