Faculty of Science and Technology

Wright, Wendy (A/Prof)

Email: wendy.wright@federation.edu.au  Dr Wendy Wright

Room: 2W257

Phone: 5122 6854

Biography

Wendy Wright is a biologist with a strong interest in conservation and biodiversity. She is particularly interested in conservation and ecosystem management within production environments; and in highly modified landscapes. She teaches and conducts research at the Gippsland Campus of Federation University Australia.

Wendy is also coordinator of Higher Degrees by Research  (Masters by Research and PhD) at the Gippsland campus.  Wendy has strong connections with the Gippsland community and is co-convenor of the "Living with Bushfire" community conference. 

Wendy graduated with a PhD in Zoology from Reading University in the UK after completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Zoology at Monash. After a short period with ABC TV Natural History Department, making wildlife documentaries, she was appointed to an academic position at the Gippsland Campus (at the time, the campus was part of Monash University) where she has since taught and conducted research for more than 20 years. Wendy has remained at the campus through its transition from Monash University to Federation University Australia in 2014.  

Important themes in Wendy's research and teaching include:

  • Clear communication
  • A multidisciplinary approach
  • A holistic viewpoint
  • Teamwork and collaboration

Research and supervision interests

Wendy's research focuses particularly on conservation within production environments and her work aims to promote sustainable practices within the silvicultural and agricultural industries. Current and recent research includes investigating the role of remnant native vegetation and revegetated areas on farms in supporting on-farm biodiversity. This research documents the importance of native vegetation as habitat for invertebrate and vertebrate communities. Wendy is also interested in the human aspects of ecology and is opening a new line of research in ecological anthropology.

Other current projects are focused on maintaining biodiversity in production forests. Wendy works collaboratively with other academics and with industry, government and semi-government agencies including the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). In 2008 she was part of a team which received the David Ashton Biodiversity Award, for a research project investigating habitat restoration for fauna in rural landscapes. Wendy has international collaborations with academics and government agencies in Bangladesh, China, Nepal, Indonesia and Japan 0.5ptf; She is currently collaborating with colleagues at the University of Sichuan in China on projects relating to biodiversity conservation in Chinese agricultural landscapes.

Wendy has also published in the area of flexible delivery of science education, with an emphasis on pedagogical tools such as laboratory kits and audiovisual aids.

Qualifications

Bachelor of Science (Hons) - Monash University 1988

PhD - Reading University 1992

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education - Monash University 2002

Postgraduate research supervisions

Current supervision

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title (proposed): Management of feral deer in Victoria
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Main), Hogan, F (Associate)

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: The ecology and management of the invasive plant Galenia pubescensin the volcanic grasslands of Victoria, Australia
  • Supervisors: Florentine, S (Main), Wright, W (Associate), Palmer, G. (Associate), McLaren, D. (Associate/External)  

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Economic development and environmental sustainability in Indonesia
  • Supervisors: McShane, P. (Main), Kalivas, T. (Associate), Wright, W. (Associate) .

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Genetic investigation of the koala population in the Strzelecki bioregion using DNA from scats.
  • Supervisors: Mosse, J (Joint-co), Hogan, F (Joint), Wright, W (Associate), Isaac, B (Associate).

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: The inclusion of Women in Nepalese Forestry Governance: Perspectives from Feminist Institutionalism
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Joint-co), Pillay, S (Joint).

Program of study: (Doctorate by research)

  • Thesis title: Use of Global Satellite Data for Flash Flood Forecasting in Bangladesh.
  • Supervisors: Dutta, D (Main), Mackay, R (Associate), Wright, W (Associate).

Completed supervision

Student: Reid, S.

  • Thesis title: Fire, fauna and habitat: influences on appropriate release site selection for rehabilitated wildlife. (Masters) 2014
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Main), Hogan, F (Associate), Isaac, B (Associate)

Student: Chen, Y.

  • Thesis title: Integration of GIS and LiDAR: towards a fully automated forest inventory system. (Masters) 2012.
  • Supervisors: Zhu, X (Main), Wright, W (Associate).

Student: Jeavons, T.

  • Thesis title: Indoor fungi and asthma. (PHD) 2010.
  • Supervisors: Abramson, M (Main), Wright, W (Associate).

Student: Lester, R.

  • Thesis title: Wood to water: re-introducing wood to streams in agricultural landscapes as a biodiversity enhancement tool. (PHD) 2006.
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Main).

Student: Machunter, J.

  • Thesis title: Spatial and temporal dynamics of bird communities, West Gippsland, Australia. (PHD) 2007.
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Main), Loyn, R (External).

Student: Rossi, S.

  • Thesis title: "Birds, mammals and their habitat in a variegated landscape in the western Strzelecki Ranges". (Masters) 2004.
  • Supervisors: Wright, W (Main), Loyn, R (Honorary).

Student: Zhang, Z.

  • Thesis title: Adoption of airborne LiDAR data and high spatial resolution satellite imagery for characterisation and classification of forest communities: tests applications in Australian cool temperate rainforest environment. (PHD) 2012.
  • Supervisors: Peterson, J (Main), Wright, W (Associate), Zhu, X (Associate).

Publications

Books

Stanley, J.R., Birrell, R.J., Brain, P., Carey, M.G., Duffy, M., Ferraro, S., Fisher, S., Griggs, D.J., Hall, A., Kestin, T., Macmillan, C., Manning, I., Martin, H., Rapson, V.J., Spencer, M., Stanley, C., Steffen, W., Symmons, M.A., Wright, W., 2013, What Would a Climate-Adapted Settlement Look Like in 2030? A Case Study of Inverloch and Sandy Point, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility, Southport Qld Australia.

Dutta, D., Wright, W. (eds), 2010, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Coastal Zones and Climate Change: Assessing the Impacts and Developing Adaptation Strategies, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia.

Book chapters

Mosse, J., Wright, W., 2010, Acquisition of laboratory skills by on-campus and distance education students, in Accessible Elements, eds Dietmar Kennepohl and Lawton Shaw, AU Press, Edmonton Canada, pp. 109-129.

Journal articles

Wright, W., Francis, S., Fisher, S. and Tang, Y. (2014) Observations of the 'Yunnan Parrotbill' Sinosuthorabrunnea ricketti in the lower Jinsha valley, China. BirdingASIA 21: 34-36

Schinagl, H.,  Wright, W. and Rayment, P.,  2013,  Recruitment of Eucalyptus strzeleckii (Myrtaceae) in remnant patches of native vegetation in the Latrobe Valley and South Gippsland, Victoria. Australian Journal of Botany 61, 654–662

Dutta, D., Wright, W., Nakayama, K., Sugawara, Y., 2013, Design of synthetic impact response functions for flood vulnerability assessment under climate change conditions: case studies in two selected coastal zones in Australia and Japan, Natural Hazards Review [P], vol 14, American Society of Civil Engineers, United States, pp. 52-65.

Wright, W., Wang, Y., Tang, Y., 2013, Traditional ecological knowledge in non-traditional communities: a case study in Jiuzhaigou National Park, Journal of Park and Recreation Administration [P], vol 31, issue 3, Sagamore Publishing, United States, pp. 77-95.

Dutta, D., Wright, W., Rayment, P.R., 2012, Flood vulnerability analysis in coastal zones: a comparative analysis across five Asia-Pacific countries, APN Science Bulletin (E), vol 2, APN, Kobe, Japan, pp. 6-16.

Panther, B.C., Wright, W., Mosse, J.A., 2012, Providing a flexible learning environment: are on-line lectures the answer?, International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education [E], vol 20, issue 1, Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, Australia, pp. 71-82.

Zhang, Z., Liu, X., Peterson, J., Wright, W., 2011, Cool temperate rainforest and adjacent forests classification using airborne LiDAR data, Area [E], vol 43, issue 4, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, United Kingdom, pp. 438-448.

Wright, W., Zhu, X., Okurowski, M., 2011, Identification of key environmental variables associated with the presence of Toothed Leionema (Leionema bilobum serrulatum) in the Strzelecki Ranges, Victoria, Australia, Australian Journal of Botany [P], vol 59, issue 3, C S I R O Publishing, Australia, pp. 207-214.

Dutta, D., Wright, W., Rayment, P., 2011, Synthetic impact response functions for flood vulnerability analysis and adaptation measures in coastal zones under changing climatic conditions: a case study in Gippsland coastal region, Australia, Natural Hazards [P], vol 59, issue 2, Springer Netherlands, Netherlands, pp. 967-986.

Barr, R., Wright, W., Rayment, P., 2011, Thinning, fire and birds in Boola Boola state forest, Victoria, Australia, Australian Forestry [P], vol 74, issue 1, Institute of Foresters of Australia, Australia, pp. 43-53.

Hatanaka, N., Wright, W., Loyn, R.H., Mac Nally, R., 2010, 'Ecologically complex carbon'- linking biodiversity values, carbon storage and habitat structure in some austral temperate forests, Global Ecology and Biogeography [P], vol 20, issue 2, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Edinburgh UK, pp. 260-271.

Lester, R.E., Wright, W., Jones-Lennon, M., Rayment, P.R., 2009, Large versus small wood in streams: the effect of wood dimension on macroinvertebrate communities, Fundamental and Applied Limnology [P], vol 174, issue 4, E. Schweizerbart'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Germany, pp. 339-351.

Lester, R.E., Wright, W., 2009, Reintroducing wood to streams in agricultural landscapes: changes in velocity profile, stage and erosion rates, River Research And Applications [P], vol 25, issue 4, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester England, pp. 376-392.

Lester, R.E., Wright, W., Jones-Lennon, M., 2007, Does adding wood to agricultural streams enhance biodiversity? An experimental approach, Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 58, issue 8, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood Vic Australia, pp. 687-698.

MacHunter, J., Wright, W., Loyn, R., Rayment, P.R., 2006, Bird declines over 22 years in forest remnants in southeastern Australia: evidence of faunal relaxation?, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, vol 36, issue 11, NRC Research Press, Ottawa Canada, pp. 2756-2768.

Lester, R.E., Wright, W., Jones-Lennon, M., 2006, Determining target loads of large and small wood for stream rehabilitation in high-rainfall agricultural regions of Victoria, Australia, Ecological Engineering, vol 28, issue 1, Elsevier BV, Amsterdam The Netherlands, pp. 71-78.

Conference proceedings

Wright, W., West, P., Broeren, R., Crane, J., King, L. and Gilham, A. (Eds) (2014) Proceedings of Living with Bushfire: A Community Conference 3-5 October 2014. Federation University, Gippsland Campus, Churchill, Victoria.

Zhang, Z., Liu, X., Peterson, J.A., Wright, W., 2012, Terrain and canopy surface modelling from lidar data for tree species classification, GIS Ostrava 2012: Surface models for geosciences, 23 January 2012 to 25 January 2012, VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, pp. 299-311.

Mosse, J., Panther, B., Wright, W., 2011, Off-campus learning: what do students want?, Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science & Mathematics Education 2011 (The 17th Annual UniServe Science Conference) Teaching for diversity - challenges & strategies, 28 September 2011 to 30 September 2011, UniServe Science, Sydney NSW Australia, pp. 205-210.

Panther, B., Mosse, J., Wright, W., 2011, Recorded lectures don't replace the 'real thing': what the students say, Proceedings of the Australian Conference on Science & Mathematics Education 2011 (The 17th Annual UniServe Science Conference), 28 September 2011 to 30 September 2011, UniServe Science, Sydney NSW Australia, pp. 127-132.

Wright, W., Dutta, D., Rayment, P., 2010, Flood vulnerabillity analysis in coastal zones: a comparative analysis across five asia-pacific countries, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Coastal Zones and Climate Change: Assessing the Impacts and Developing Adaptation Strategies, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia, pp. 433-443.

Dutta, D., Wright, W., Rayment, P., 2010, Use of synthetic impact response functions for the analysis of vulnerability to flood damage in Gippsland coastal zones, Proceedings of the International Symposium on Coastal Zones and Climate Change: Assessing the Impacts and Developing Adaptation Strategies, 12 April 2010 to 13 April 2010, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia, pp. 419-432.

Dutta, D., Wright, W., Adeloju, S.B.O., 2008, A holistic approach for analysing impacts of climatic changes on coastal zone systems, USMCA 2008: 7th International Symposium on New Technologies for Urban Safety of Mega Cities in Asia, 21 October 2008 to 22 October 2008, Centre for Public Safety Research Tsinghua University China, China, pp. 305-314.

Zhang, Z., Peterson, J.A., Zhu, X., Wright, W., 2008, Long term land use and land cover change and its impact on cool temperate rainforest in the Strzelecki ranges, Australia, XXIth ISPRS Congress, Beijing 2008: Proceedings of Commission VII: IAPRS, Vol XXXVII, Part B7: 'Silk Road for Information from Imagery', 03 July 2008 to 11 July 2008, ISPRS, UK, pp. 899-904.

Zhang, Z., Peterson, J.A., Zhu, X., Wright, W., 2008, Revealing long term land use and land cover change in a severely disturbed environment, Proceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Spatial Accuracy Assessment in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, 25 June 2008 to 27 June 2008, World Academic Press, UK, pp. 302-308.

Wright, W., Barr, R., 2008, The effects of silvicultural thinning on bird populations in Boola Boola state forest, Victoria, Proceedings of 'Old Forests, New Management' Sir Mark Oliphant Conference, 17-21 February 2008 Hobart Australia, 17 February 2008 to 21 February 2008, Sir Mark Oliphant Conferences, Hobart Tas Australia, p. 76.

Dutta, D., Doloi, H., Wright, W., Adeloju, S.B.O., 2007, APN project ARCP2007-14NMY: background, objectives, methodology, implementation strategy and expected outcomes, Proceedings of the Planning Workshop on the APN Project on Climate Perturbation and Coastal Zone Systems in Asia Pacific Region: Holistic approaches and tools for vulnerability assessment and sustainable management strategy, 27 September to 28 September 2007, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia, pp. 1-6.

Weston, N.M., Wright, W., Mac Nally, R., Loyn, R., 2007, Combined impacts of wildfire and timber harvesting on bird communities in a managed forest - does time since harvesting affect bird community responses following fire?, ESA 2007 Program and Abstracts, 26 November 2007 to 30 November 2007, Ecological Society of Australia, Perth WA Australia, p. 168.

Weston, N.M., Wright, W., Loyn, R., Mac Nally, R., 2007, How does time since timber harvest affect bird communities in a managed native forest?, Fourth Biennial Australasian Ornithological Conference; Program, timetable & Abstracts, 3 December 2007 to 5 December 2007, Birds Australian WA Australia, Perth WA Australia, p. 179.

Wright, W., 2007, Impacts of climate perturbations on ecosystems & ecosystem processes, Proceedings of the Planning Workshop on the APN Project on Climate Perturbation and Coastal Zone Systems in Asia Pacific Region: Holistic approaches and tools for vulnerability assessment and sustainable management strategy, 27 September 2007 to 28 September 2007, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia, pp. 11-14.

Weston, N.M., Wright, W., Mac Nally, R., Loyn, R.H., 2007, Measuring the effects of harvesting history, vegetation type and fire on the distribution of forest owls in a harvested forest in Victoria, The Biodiversity Extinction Crisis: An Australasian and Pacific Response, 10 July 2007 to 12 July 2007, Society for Conservation Biology (Australasian Section), University of NSW NSW Australia, p. 33.

Zhang, Z., Peterson, J.A., Zhu, X., Wright, W., 2007, Modelling land use and land cover change in the Strzelecki ranges, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, 10 December 2007 to 13 December 2007, The Modelling and Simulation Society of Australia and New Zealand Inc, Christchurch New Zealand, pp. 1328-1334.

Weston, N.M., Wright, W., Loyn, R., Mac Nally, R., 2006, Occurrence and distribution of forest owls in a harvested state forest in Victoria, Australia, Birds Australia Congress, 2006, 18 October 2006 to 24 October 2006, Birds Australia, Albany WA Australia, p. 1.

Lester, R.E., Jones-Lennon, M., Wright, W., 2006, Wood to water: effects of the re-introduction of wood to streams in agricultural environments as a biodiversity enhancement tool, Australian Society for Limnology 45th National Congress: Abstracts, 25 September 2006 to 29 September 2006, Border Multi Print, Wodonga Vic Australia, p. 19.

Lester, R.E., Jones-Lennon, M., Wright, W., 2006, Wood to water: habitat creation within streams on agricultural land and the contribution of the community to a scientific study, International Landcare Conference, 8 October 2006 to 11 October 2006, The State of Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment, Melbourne Vic Australia, pp. 1-10.

Wright, W., Rossi, S.I., Loyn, R., 2005, Birds, mammals & their habitat in a variegated landscape in the Eastern Strzelecki Ranges, Victoria, Australia, 5th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, 12 June 2005 to 16 June 2005, GREF Interuniversitaire Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal Quebec Canada, p. 202.

Loyn, R., McNabb, E.G., MacHunter, J., Rossi, S.I., Wright, W., 2005, Managing forest mosaics: values of eucalypt plantations, re-growth stands, and retained mature forest as habitat for fauna, The International Forestry Review, 08/08/2005 to 13/08/2005, Commonwealth Forestry Association, Oxford England, p. 41.

MacHunter, J., Wright, W., Loyn, R., 2005, Temporal comparison of bird assemblages in forest fragments in Gippsland, Victoria, Birds Australia Scientific Congress and Campout 2005, 30 September 2005 to 7 October 2005, Birds Australia, Hawthorn East Vic Australia, p. 14.

Wright, W., MacHunter, J., Loyn, R., 2005, Temporal comparison of bird diversity / abundance in forest fragments in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 5th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, 12 June 2005 to 16 June 2005, GREF Interuniversitaire Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal Quebec Canada, p. 203.

Weston, N.M., Wright, W., Loyn, R., Mac Nally, R., 2005, The longer-term effects of forest utilisation on bird populations in a managed mixed-eucalypt native forest, Birds Australia Scientific Congress and Campout 2005, 30 September 2005 to 7 October 2005, Birds Australia Publications, Hawthorn East Vic Australia, p. 27.

Other

Ryan, A.E., Wright, W., D'Urbano, T., 2007, Evaluation of the Gippsland sustainability project for GOULD group, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia, pp. 1-43.

Dutta, D., Doloi, H., Wright, W., Adeloju, S.B.O., Mafizur, R., Khan, M., Nakayama, K., ratnayake, U., Thanh, V., Thu, T., 2007, Proceedings of the Planning Workshop on the APN Project on Climate Perturbation and Coastal Zone Systems in Asia Pacific Region: Holistic approaches and tools for vulnerability assessment and sustainable management strategy, Monash University, Churchill Vic Australia, pp. 1-51.