Wendy Wright is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation Research at Federation University Australia. Her research focuses on the interactions between people, wild animals and the habitats that support them. Wendy has developed productive research teams within Australia and internationally. She has recently led projects investigating how wildlife is impacted by: fire (in Victoria, Australia); rapid infrastructure development (in Sichuan, China); changing land use (in Indonesia) and human-wildlife conflict (in Nepal). Wendy’s research contributions have included: the identification of a genetically distinct and diverse koala population in Victoria, Australia; improved biodiversity outcomes for revegetation projects in Sichuan, China, and recognition of the role of women in forest management in Nepal. Current work in Nepal aims to increase community support for conservation, for example by reducing livestock losses due to predation by tigers and leopards, managing crop raiding by wild herbivores and reducing illegal trafficking of threatened species including pangolins. Her research outputs include articles in peer reviewed journals and contributions to scholarly books, and extend beyond her primary research area to include best practise in teaching and research training.
In addition to her research and teaching roles, Wendy also holds the position of Associate Dean, Research Training at Federation University’s Graduate Research School. In this role, she has developed, and leads, a research skills training program for PhD and Masters by Research candidates and a supervisory skills program for their supervisors.
Research areas: conservation biology, wildlife, human-wildlife conflict, ecosystem services, biodiversity, local knowledge, traditional ecological knowledge, community conservation