Dr Penny Wurm
Dr Penny Wurm is currently Associate Head of School - Learning & Teaching, School of Environment.
She is an ecologist with research interests in the ecology and management of monsoonal wetlands and invasive plant species, and a teaching practice in environmental science. Her PhD research into the population ecology of native rice has led to projects investigating exotic grass invasion of floodplains and the potential of wild rice as a wild harvest “bush tucker” product.
Penny is currently involved in supervising PhD projects focussing principally on wetland and invasive species ecology and management, and coursework Master students in a range of project areas including ecology, sustainability and livelihoods.
Teaching partnerships with Indonesian universities - Universitas Kristen Wacana, Univesitas Nusa Cendana and Universitas Gadjah Mada – have led to an emerging research practice in catchment management and rural development in West Timor. Supervisory, academic and consultancy activity also underpin an emerging practice in Timor Leste.
Penny is Course Coordinator for the Master of Environmental Management (formerly the Master of Tropical Environmental Management) at CDU and teaches in a number of units within the Bachelor and Master coursework programs. She formerly served as Higher Education Project Leader for the Tropical Savannas CRC, and has taught in the VET sector.
- Endeavour Executive Award – DEEWR (2011). For 10 week funded placement at Satya Wacana Christian University, Salatiga, Central Java, Indonesia. The award focussed on further development of collaborative curriculum projects, collaborative publications and a grant proposal. Awarded by DEEWR in Dec 2010 to be taken up in November 2011. Member of Endeavour Alumni.
- National Carrick Institute Citation (2006) for An engaging, flexible postgraduate program, focusing on tropical Australia and building skills and understandings for regional Professionals in authentic learning contexts. ($10,000) . In collaboration with Dr Keith Mc Guinness, Dr Lindsay Hutley, Dr Diane Pearson and Dr Samantha Setterfield (CDU).
- National Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE) Award (2005). Fire Ecology & Management in Northern Australia teaching and learning materials won one of the 2005 National ASCILITE Awards for Educational Design & Technology in Tertiary Education, for “Exemplary use of electronic technologies in teaching and learning in higher education”. In collaboration with Dr Lesley Instone (CDU), Helen Rysavy (CDU) and Dr Kate Parr (CSIRO/Bushfire CRC).
PhD, Charles Darwin University. The population ecology of Oryza meridionalis Ng on the South Alligator River floodplain, Kakadu National Park, monsoonal Australia. Completed in December 1998.
BSc (Hons I), Murdoch University. Honours thesis Molluscs of Leschenault Inlet: habitats, distribution and population dynamics. Completed in June 1987.
BSc, Murdoch University. Degree commenced 1976 at University of the South Pacific, Fiji, and was completed at Murdoch University, Western Australia, in December 1979.
SID300 Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (offered biennially)
SBI550/551 MTEM/MEM Research Project (Semester 1,2)
SBI401 Community Engagement for Biosecurity (Semester 2)
SBI201 Introductory ecology (Semester 1)
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