Dr Ian Bell

Qld. Dept. Environment and Heritage Protection

Threatened Species Unit


Dr Ian Bell is a Research Scientist with Queensland’s Department of Environment and Heritage Protection’s Threatened Species Unit.


Having been involved with marine reptile research since 1995, Ian's current research covers multiple turtle conservation projects determining marine turtle life history parameters, population structure and distribution around the world including Queensland, Papua New guinea and Bahrain.  


Over the last several years he has become more involved in working with Indigenous communities to understand trends and threats to local sea turtle populations. His research interests include marine vertebrate ecology and behaviour, population dynamics and genetics, biogeography, threatened species biology and conservation and field biology.

Ian Bell - Publications

Bell, I., Schwartzkopf, L., Manicom, C. (2012).  High survivorship of an annually decreasing aggregation of hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata, found foraging in the northern Great Barrier Reef.  Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems.


Bell, I (2012) Algivory in hawksbill turtles: Eretmochelys imbricata prey selection within a Northern Great Barrier Reef foraging area.  Marine Ecology


Fitzpatrick R, Thums M, Bell I, Meekan MG, Stevens JD, et al. (2012) A Comparison of the Seasonal Movements of Tiger Sharks and Green Turtles Provides Insight into Their Predator-Prey Relationship. PLoS ONE 7(12): e51927. i:10.1371/journal.pone.0051927


Bell, I, and Pike, D.A. (2012) Somatic growth rates of hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricata in a northern Great Barrier Reef foraging area. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 446: 275–283.


Fuentes, M.M.P.B., Maynard, M. Bell, I.P., Werdell, P. J., Hamann, M. (2009) Proxy indicators of sand temperature help project impacts of global warming on sea turtles in northern Australia.  Endangered Species Research. 


Bell, I.P., and Parmenter, C. J (2008).  The diving behavior of inter-nesting hawksbill turtles, Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus 1766) on Milman island reef, Queensland, Australia.  Herpetological Conservation and Biology 3(2):254-263.


Read, M. A., Miller, J.D., Bell, I.P., Felton, A. (2004).  The current distribution of the Estuarine Crocodile, Crocodillus porosus in Queensland.  Wildlife Research. 31: 527-534.