Registered to supervise postgraduate research

1987 …2020

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Dr Penny Wurm is an applied plant ecologist with a research practice that includes ecological, agricultural and livelihood applications in northern Australia, eastern Indonesia and Timor Leste. I hold a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD (Ecology). Research on the values and ecology of native Australian rices has led to investigations into the development of enterprises based on native rice - in collaboration with Dr Sean Bellairs at CDU, two CRCs, an Aboriginal enterprise and Territory agencies. Knowledge of the ecology and values of native rices, have also led to investigation of threats posed by invasive grasses to native rices. My student supervision includes projects on invasive species on disturbed sites and monsoonal wetlands, cashew horticulture in Timor Leste, irrigated rice systems in eastern Indonesian and soon in Timor Leste, and commercialisation of native species for Aboriginal enterprises, currently Kakadu Plum and native rices.

I have teaching collaborations with Indonesian colleagues, focussed on rural livelihoods, in eastern Indonesia. Collaboratively, I have developed and taught two Indonesian field intensives, in partnership with Indonesian university colleagues. I am passionate about teaching and have won three national and one institutional team teaching awards, and have served an Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching at the College level.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD

Award Date: 19 Feb 2026

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Research Output

Going with the flow(chart) makes decision-making easier: Focus Area: Academic integrity breach decision-making

Reedy, A. K., Janssen, A., Lockley, A. & Wurm, P., 2020, 1 p. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

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  • Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) as a Sustainable Indigenous Agribusiness

    Gorman, J. T., Wurm, P. A. S., Vemuri, S., Brady, C. & Sultanbawa, Y., Mar 2020, In : Economic Botany. 74, p. 74-91 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Old ways, new ways-scaling up from customary use of plant products to commercial harvest taking a multifunctional, landscape approach

    Gorman, J., Pearson, D. & Wurm, P., 25 May 2020, In : Land. 9, 5, p. 1-20 20 p., 171.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • Reimagining educational approaches to academic integrity: Focus Area: Academic integrity education

    Reedy, A. K., Janssen, A., Lockley, A. & Wurm, P., 2020, 2 p. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

    Research output: Other contributionOther types of outputs

    Open Access
  • We can see clearly now: Making academic integrity visible through an eye-catching website: Focus Area: Making academic integrity visible

    Reedy, A. K., Janssen, A., Lockley, A., Rysavy, H. & Wurm, P., 2020, 1 p. Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).

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    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Molecular genetic and taxonomic studies of the swamp eel (Monopterus albus Zuiew 1793)

    Author: Arisuryanti, T., 2016

    Supervisor: Austin, C. (Supervisor) & Wurm, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU

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    Remote sensing applications: understanding the landscape ecology of invasive para grass (Urochloa mutica) on monsoonal wetlands, Kakadu National Park, Australia

    Author: Boyden, J. M., Oct 2015

    Supervisor: Wurm, P. (Supervisor), Joyce, K. (Supervisor) & Boggs, G. S. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU

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    The population ecology of Oryza meridionalis Ng on the South Alligator River floodplain, Kakadu National Park, monsoonal Australia

    Author: Wurm, P., Dec 1998

    Supervisor: Rea, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU

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    Vegetation development in gold mine rehabilitation in relation to cattle grazing in the Northern Territory, Australia

    Author: Warintan Saragih, E., 2017

    Supervisor: Bellairs, S. M. (Supervisor) & Wurm, P. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) - CDU

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