School of Science, Engineering and Information Technology

A/Prof Wendy Wright

Name A/Prof Wendy Wright
Position Title Associate Professor
Campus Gippsland
Room 2W257
Phone +613 51226854

Research interests

  • Effects of disturbance (fire, pest plants and animals, land-use change, infrastructure development, climate change, overexploitation, reintroduction programs) on wildlife and habitat
  • Wildlife conservation policy
  • Protected area management policy
  • Documenting local and traditional ecological knowledge
  • Online and off campus teaching and learning in the sciences

Short biography

Wendy holds a Bachelor of Science with honours in Zoology from Monash University. Following her undergraduate degree, she worked as the assistant ecologist in a private forestry company, on problems related to wallaby browsing of eucalypt seedlings before embarking on her PhD studies at Reading University in the United Kingdom. Her PhD thesis was focussed on the structural properties of grasses and the feeding ecology of grazing herbivores.

On her return to Australia, Wendy worked as a researcher for ABC TV’s Natural History Unit. Here, she refined her communication skills, particularly in relation to effective transmission of complex scientific ideas to non-specialist audiences.  She was appointed as a lecturer at Monash University’s Gippsland Campus in 1994 and stayed on at the campus following its acquisition by Federation University Australia, establishing herself as a successful and well respected academic.

Wendy’s research background is particularly focused around disturbance ecology and the interactions between people, wild animals and habitats. She has recently led projects focused on the effects of fire (in Victoria); rapid infrastructure development (in Sichuan, China); changing land use (in Indonesia) and human-wildlife conflict (in Nepal).

In her role as an Associate Professor, Wendy balances undergraduate teaching commitments, supervision of research students (PhD and Masters) and her own research programs.  She has a deep understanding of cross- and inter-disciplinary research techniques and is experienced in the design and execution of projects. She is a clear communicator, able to explain complex scientific ideas clearly and with impact. Wendy is recognised within Australia and overseas as an ecologist who works to ensure evidence based, sustainable policy and management decisions relating to biodiversity conservation.


  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) - Monash University 1988
  • PhD - Reading University 1992
  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Education - Monash University 2002

Teaching areas

Wendy teaches second and third level undergraduate courses related to wildlife health, ecology and conservation within the Bachelor of Science, the Bachelor of Veterinary and Wildlife Science and the Bachelor of Environmental and Conservation Science

Extended research profile