Welcome to Ian Wright’s research group website in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University.

In much of our work we investigate the functional ecology and ecological strategies of plants –  the “how and why” of differences among species in their structural, chemical and physiological traits – and the implications of this variation for larger-scale processes. For this we use a variety of approaches, ranging from fine-scale anatomical or physiological studies to global-scale analyses of trait variation. We run fieldwork in a variety of systems, from the wet tropics to temperate woodlands to the arid zone.

In current projects we also are studying biogeographic patterns in the Australian flora; developing a method for using hyperspectral data to monitor plant pathogens; taking a proteomic approach to study heat-tolerance in eucalypts; and using fossil leaf cuticles to infer ecosystem shifts across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary event.

We like to use a variety of approaches to ask all sorts of interesting ecological questions!