The Conference Committee is delighted to announce that Associate Professor Wendy Wright as our keynote speaker for this year.

Wendy is Associate Professor in Biological and Environmental Sciences at Federation University Australia.  Wendy graduated with a PhD in Zoology from Reading University in the UK in 1992 after completing a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Zoology at Monash University.  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.  During that time she has taught undergraduate biology and ecology in on-campus and off-campus modes; developing an international reputation for distance teaching and learning in Biology.  Her main area of research is in biodiversity conservation and disturbance ecology.  At present, she has a particular focus on the human dimensions of wildlife conservation programmes.

Wendy is the current chair of FedUni's Research and Higher Degrees subcommittee and works closely with Research Services in developing programs and policies to support HDR students and their supervisors.  She is also the HDR coordinator for Monash candidates who are completing their degrees at the Gippsland campus.