Ian Wright


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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. Minn. 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 BIOL347 Plant Biology, and serve as Director of the B. Advanced Sci (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.


Education/Academic qualification

Plant ecology, PhD 2002, Macquarie University

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

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Projects 2006 2017

Research Outputs 1997 2019

Climate warming and plant biomechanical defences: silicon addition contributes to herbivore suppression in a pasture grass

Johnson, S. N., Ryalls, J. M. W., Barton, C. V. M., Tjoelker, M. G., Wright, I. J. & Moore, B. D., Apr 2019, In : Functional Ecology. 33, 4, p. 587-596 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

plant defense
global warming

Convergence in maximum stomatal conductance of C3 woody angiosperms in natural ecosystems across bioclimatic zones

Murray, M., Soh, W. K., Yiotis, C., Batke, S., Parnell, A. C., Spicer, R. A., Lawson, T., Caballero, R., Wright, I. J., Purcell, C. & McElwain, J. C., 7 May 2019, In : Frontiers in Plant Science. 10, p. 1-20 20 p., 558.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
stomatal conductance

Developing a spectral disease index for myrtle rust (Austropuccinia psidii)

Heim, R. H. J., Wright, I. J., Allen, A. P., Geedicke, I. & Oldeland, J., May 2019, In : Plant Pathology. 68, 4, p. 738-745 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Backhousia citriodora
Myrtus communis
Disease Outbreaks
New South Wales

Evidence from the proteome for local adaptation to extreme heat in a widespread tree species

Maher, T., Mirzaei, M., Pascovici, D., Wright, I. J., Haynes, P. A. & Gallagher, R. V., Mar 2019, In : Functional Ecology. 33, 3, p. 436-446 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

local adaptation
Eucalyptus grandis

Global photosynthetic capacity is optimized to the environment

Smith, N. G., Keenan, T. F., Prentice, I. C., Wang, H., Wright, I. J., Niinemets, Ü., Crous, K. Y., Domingues, T. F., Guerrieri, R., Yoko Ishida, F., Kattge, J., Kruger, E. L., Maire, V., Rogers, A., Serbin, S. P., Tarvainen, L., Togashi, H. F., Townsend, P. A., Wang, M., Weerasinghe, L. K. & 1 othersZhou, S. X., Mar 2019, In : Ecology Letters. 22, 3, p. 506-517 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

soil fertility
C3 plant
plant adaptation
C3 plants