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Plant functional ecologist. Core topics include:

  • Understanding plant ecological strategies via functional traits.
  • Trait-environment relationships from local to global scales.
  • Optimality theory for plant function, for use in vegetation modelling.
  • Consequences of trait variation for ecosystem properties.

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Previous positions: Postdoc, MQ / U. Minnesota 2002-4; ARC Research Fellow 2005-8; Deputy-Convenor, ARC Vegetation Function Research Network 2005-9; ARC Future Fellow 2011-15; Deputy-Associate Dean of Research, Faculty of Science & Engineering 2017-18.

Teaching. I convene BIOL3410 Plant Biology, BIOL2910 Advanced Science (Biology) internship, and serve as Director of the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Biology) degree.

I lead the Macquarie University Plant Growth Facility committee. I was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2019. I am a Node Leader and member of the Executive for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture (2020-2027).


Education/Academic qualification

Plant ecology, PhD 2002, Macquarie University

Plant ecology & systematics, BSc (Hons) 1995, The University of Melbourne

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Research Outputs

Acclimation of leaf respiration consistent with optimal photosynthetic capacity

Wang, H., Atkin, O. K., Keenan, T. F., Smith, N. G., Wright, I. J., Bloomfield, K. J., Kattge, J., Reich, P. B. & Prentice, I. C., Apr 2020, In : Global Change Biology. 26, 4, p. 2573-2583 11 p.

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  • Components of leaf-trait variation along environmental gradients

    Dong, N., Prentice, I. C., Wright, I. J., Evans, B. J., Togashi, H. F., Caddy-Retalic, S., McInerney, F. A., Sparrow, B., Leitch, E. & Lowe, A. J., 21 Mar 2020, In : New Phytologist. 13 p.

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  • Growing-season temperature and precipitation are independent drivers of global variation in xylem hydraulic conductivity

    He, P., Gleason, S. M., Wright, I. J., Weng, E., Liu, H., Zhu, S., Lu, M., Luo, Q., Li, R., Wu, G., Yan, E., Song, Y., Mi, X., Hao, G., Reich, P. B., Wang, Y., Ellsworth, D. S. & Ye, Q., Mar 2020, In : Global Change Biology. 26, 3, p. 1833-1841 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Open Science principles for accelerating trait-based science across the Tree of Life

    Gallagher, R. V., Falster, D. S., Maitner, B. S., Salguero-Gómez, R., Vandvik, V., Pearse, W. D., Schneider, F. D., Kattge, J., Poelen, J. H., Madin, J. S., Ankenbrand, M. J., Penone, C., Feng, X., Adams, V. M., Alroy, J., Andrew, S. C., Balk, M. A., Bland, L. M., Boyle, B. L., Bravo-Avila, C. H. & 37 others, Brennan, I., Carthey, A. J. R., Catullo, R., Cavazos, B. R., Conde, D. A., Chown, S. L., Fadrique, B., Gibb, H., Halbritter, A. H., Hammock, J., Hogan, J. A., Holewa, H., Hope, M., Iversen, C. M., Jochum, M., Kearney, M., Keller, A., Mabee, P., Manning, P., McCormack, L., Michaletz, S. T., Park, D. S., Perez, T. M., Pineda-Munoz, S., Ray, C. A., Rossetto, M., Sauquet, H., Sparrow, B., Spasojevic, M. J., Telford, R. J., Tobias, J. A., Violle, C., Walls, R., Weiss, K. C. B., Westoby, M., Wright, I. J. & Enquist, B. J., Mar 2020, In : Nature Ecology and Evolution. 4, 3, p. 294-303 10 p.

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  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Organizing principles for vegetation dynamics

    Franklin, O., Harrison, S. P., Dewar, R., Farrior, C. E., Brännström, Å., Dieckmann, U., Pietsch, S., Falster, D., Cramer, W., Loreau, M., Wang, H., Mäkelä, A., Rebel, K. T., Meron, E., Schymanski, S. J., Rovenskaya, E., Stocker, B. D., Zaehle, S., Manzoni, S., van Oijen, M. & 9 others, Wright, I. J., Ciais, P., van Bodegom, P. M., Peñuelas, J., Hofhansl, F., Terrer, C., Soudzilovskaia, N. A., Midgley, G. & Prentice, I. C., May 2020, In : Nature Plants. 6, 5, p. 444-453 10 p.

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