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Dr Penny Wurm
Penny 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 in collaboration with Indigenous land owners.
Teaching partnerships with Indonesian universities - Universitas Kristen Wacana, Univesitas Nusa Cendana and Universitas Gadjah Mada – have led to an emerging research practice in rural development in eastern Indonesia. Supervisory, academic and consultancy activity also underpin an emerging practice in Timor Leste. Penny was part of the team which completed a report on integrated water management in irrigation development eastern Indonesia, funded by the Australian Government through the AIIRA/IndII program (Myers et al. 2015). Penny has been a lead member of the Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive program, run by this consortium of universities, which has to date provided training and capacity building for some 70 senior coursework students and junior staff and some 10 academic staff from Indonesia and Australian, for rural development research in eastern Indonesia.
In January 2016, Penny completed a 3 year appointment as Associate Head of School - Learning & Teaching, School of Environment. She formerly served as Higher Education Project Leader for the Tropical Savannas CRC, and has taught in the VET sector.
- Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (2015). In collaboration with Dr Bronwyn Myers, Rohan Fisher, Pia Harkness and Sam Pickering. For the Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive. This is a 2 week placement focussed on a rural village in west Timor, jointly hosted by UNDANA, UKSW, and CDU. Students take the role of research assocates during a ongoing research program investigating rice production in an irrigation development. For more infomration see http://www.cdu.edu.au/environment/intensives/eifi
- 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).
- Master of Environmental Management (formerly the Master of Tropical Environmental Management) http://www.cdu.edu.au/environment/postgraduate-programs
- ENV820/840 MTEM/MEM Research Project (Semester 1,2)
- ENV521 Community Engagement for NRM and Biosecurity (Semester 2)
- SID300/SID500 Eastern Indonesian Field Intensive (offered biennially) - http://www.cdu.edu.au/itl/EIFI/
- SID300 Central Java Field Intensive (new porgram commencing in 2016 - http://www.cdu.edu.au/environment/intensives/cjfi
- ENV201 Introductory Ecology (Semester 1) http://www.cdu.edu.au/environment/field-units
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