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Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University

Dr Leigh Winsor is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at James Cook University, in the College of Science and Engineering. His current projects include on-going taxonomic revisions of the terrestrial flatworms of Australia and the Subantarctic Islands of New Zealand, continuing collaboration with Professor J-L Justine, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle, on invasive land planarians in France and in French Territories, and the iNaturalist project “Land planarians of the World”.
Leigh was awarded his PhD from James Cook University in 2004 for a thesis entitled “Studies on the systematics and biogeography of terrestrial flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida: Terricola) of the Australian Region.”

Previously Leigh was a scientific officer in the then School of Biological Sciences at James Cook University 1974-1996 where in 1991 he completed his MSc on “Taxonomic studies on free-living flatworms”, the latter including studies on the highly invasive terrestrial flatworm Platydemus manokwari. From 1996 – 2011 Leigh was Manager of Health and Safety at James Cook, a position from which he retired in 2011, finally able to return to his zoological research interests.


  • –present
    Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, James Cook University


  • 2004 
    James Cook University, PhD Zoology