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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.

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grass Earth & Environmental Sciences
wild rice Agriculture & Biology
Urochloa mutica Agriculture & Biology
floodplain Earth & Environmental Sciences
wetland Earth & Environmental Sciences
national park Earth & Environmental Sciences
rice Agriculture & Biology
Northern Territory Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1987 2019

Kakadu Plum (Terminalia ferdinandiana) as a Sustainable Indigenous Agribusiness

Gorman, J. T., Wurm, P. A. S., Vemuri, S., Brady, C. & Sultanbawa, Y., 20 Nov 2019, In : Economic Botany. p. 1-18 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articleResearchpeer-review

indigenous peoples
plant products
supply chain

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


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