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Dr Penny Wurm is a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science. Penny holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD (Ecology). She works on the values, uses and ecology of native Australian rices and is investigating the development of enterprises based on native rice. This has led to investigation of threats posed by invasive grasses to wild rices. She also has a teaching and research practice focussed on rural livelihoods in eastern Indonesia. She has developed two Indonesian field intensives in partnership with Indonesian universities. Penny is passionate about teaching has won two national and one institutional teaching award.

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Research Output 1987 2019

Spatial dynamics of invasive para grass on a monsoonal floodplain, Kakadu National Park, Northern Australia

Boyden, J., Wurm, P., Joyce, K. E. & Boggs, G., 1 Sep 2019, In : Remote Sensing. 11, 18, p. 1-31 31 p., 2090.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
national park
fire history

A spatial vulnerability assessment of monsoonal wetland habitats to para grass invasion in Kakadu National Park, northern Australia

Boyden, J., Wurm, P., Joyce, K. & Boggs, G., Sep 2018, In : International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation. 71, p. 43-55 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

national park

North Australian native rice: Market evaluation of a potential new wild food enterprise

Bellairs, S. & Wurm, P. P., 1 Sep 2018, AgriFutures Australia . 20 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Open Access
wild foods
wild rice
Northern Territory
food quality

Deployment of Open Data Kit for Information Management for Various Engineering Projects In Rural, Indonesia

Narayan, M., Evans, K., Lamsal, B., Thapa, R., Hobgen, S. E., Myers, B., Wurm, P., Godwin, P. B., Riwu Kaho, N. & Markus, J., 29 Mar 2017, In : International Research Journal of Electronics and Computer Engineering. 3, 1, p. 1-6 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Information management
Flow velocity

Factors affecting agricultural production of small-holder rice farmers, Desa Linamnutu, TTS, NTT: Eastern Indonesia Field Intensive 2016

Wurm, P. P., Markus, J., Evans, K., M., N., W., B., Riwu Kaho, N., Nampa, W. & B.A.M., M., 1 Nov 2017, Charles Darwin University. 46 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

pest management


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


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