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Jeff Wright

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Jeff Wright

Associate Professor

Room 217A , IMAS Waterfront

+61 3 6226 6965 (phone)

Jeffrey.Wright@utas.edu.au

Jeff is an Associate Professor in seaweed biology and ecology. His research focusses on understanding the stability and resilience of seaweed (and seagrass) populations and their ecological roles as habitat-forming species. Jeff’s research also focusses on applied aspects of seaweed biology to support the sustainable production of seaweed for bio-products and restoration.

Biography

Jeff completed his BSc (Hons) at the University of Wollongong, studying chemical defences in marine sponges. He then completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2000 where he studied seaweed ecology and chemical defences.

After his PhD, Jeff moved to the USA where he was a postdoc at the University of California (Davis) (2000-2001) studying the reproduction and demography of seaweed. He returned to Australia as an ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-2004) and Lecturer (2005-2007) at the University of Wollongong where he studied the ecology and impacts of invasive seaweed. Jeff joined the University of Tasmania in 2008.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeUniversityCountryDate of Award
PhDUniversity of NSWAustralia2000
BSc (1st class Hons)University of WollongongAustralia1992

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Marine Sciences Association
  • Ecological Society of America

Administrative expertise

Jeff was the Associate Head for Learning and Teaching, IMAS from 2017-2020 and is currently the Deputy Centre Head, Ecology & Biodiversity, IMAS.

Teaching

Marine Ecology

Teaching expertise

Marine and seaweed biology and ecology

Teaching responsibility

Jeff currently co-ordinates and lectures in KSM202 (Marine and Antarctic Ecosystems) and KSM308 (Marine Ecology)

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Expertise

  • Ecology of seaweed and seagrass
  • Seaweed Aquaculture
  • Seaweed demography and early life-cycle stages
  • Marine ecosystem engineers
  • Invasive species: factors determining their success and impact

Research Themes

Jeff leads a research team focused on understanding the ecology and biology of seaweed.

His first research program is centred around the ecology of seaweed and seagrass. These species are the key primary producers and habitat-formers of coastal ecosystems globally and through this work Jeff aims to develop an understanding of the effects of stressors on these species and strategies for mitigating those effects (such as restoration). Given the critical habitat they provide, his research also examines how the species facilitate their own demography and support other species via positive ecological interactions.

Jeff’s second research theme examines aspects of seaweed biology critical to the development of sustainable seaweed aquaculture. This research primarily focusses on the reproduction and development of early life-cycle stages (hatchery) and optimising growth and bio-products (grow-out) of cultivated seaweed species.

Both research themes align with the University's research theme of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime.

Collaboration

Jeff currently collaborates with several researchers at IMAS, UTAS on projects focussed on the ecology of seagrass and seaweed and with industry partners on the sustainable production of seaweed. He has an ongoing collaboration with A/Prof Paul Gribben (UNSW) determining how marine invasive species spread and impact native species.

Awards

2011-2013: UTAS 'Rising Stars' Award

Current projects

  • Kelp and seagrass restoration
  • Bull kelp aquaculture
  • Asparagopsis aquaculture

Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Biosecurity science and invasive species ecology (410202)
  • Phycology (incl. marine grasses) (310801)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Ecosystem function (410203)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Evolutionary biology (310499)
  • Environmentally sustainable engineering (401102)
  • Genetics (310599)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Marine engineering (401501)
  • Evolutionary impacts of climate change (310406)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Environmental rehabilitation and restoration (410405)
  • Environmental assessment and monitoring (410402)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Animal physiological ecology (310907)
  • Life histories (310408)
  • Environmental education and extension (410403)
  • Ecological applications (410299)
  • Maritime engineering (401599)
  • Physical oceanography (370803)
  • Biological adaptation (310403)
  • Agricultural marine biotechnology (300102)
  • Ocean engineering (401503)
  • Separation science (340109)
  • Bioremediation (410303)
  • Ecosystem services (incl. pollination) (410204)
  • Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics (321402)

Research Objectives

  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in marine environments (180503)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Coastal or estuarine biodiversity (180203)
  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in coastal and estuarine environments (180204)
  • Other plant production and plant primary products (269999)
  • Tidal energy (170806)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of coastal or estuarine environments (180206)
  • Coastal and estuarine systems and management (180299)
  • Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments (180404)
  • Other environmental management (189999)
  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Wave energy (170807)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Assessment and management of benthic marine ecosystems (180501)
  • Oceanic processes (excl. in the Antarctic and Southern Ocean) (180506)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in terrestrial environments (180602)
  • Effects of climate change on Australia (excl. social impacts) (190504)
  • Environmentally sustainable energy activities (170599)
  • Climate change mitigation strategies (190301)
  • Environmentally sustainable plant production (260199)
  • Social impacts of climate change and variability (190103)
  • Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts) (190503)
  • Human pharmaceutical products (240899)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of marine environments (180507)
  • Climate adaptive plants (269901)
  • Marine systems and management (180599)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Preventive medicine (200412)

Publications

Jeff has published more than 75 peer-reviewed papers on marine and seaweed biology and ecology

Total publications

84

Highlighted publications

(5 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2009Journal ArticleGribben PE, Byers JE, Clements M, McKenzie LA, Steinberg PD, et al., 'Behavioural interactions between ecosystem engineers control community species richness', Ecology Letters, 12, (11) pp. 1127-1136. ISSN 1461-023X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01366.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 75Web of Science - 76

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2008Journal ArticleWright JT, Gribben PE, 'Predicting the impact of an invasive seaweed on the fitness of native fauna', Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, (5) pp. 1540-1549. ISSN 0021-8901 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01541.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 37

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2006Journal ArticleWright JT, Davis AR, 'Demographic feedback between clonal growth and fragmentation in an invasive seaweed', Ecology, 87(7), (7) pp. 1744-1754. ISSN 0012-9658 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[1744:DFBCGA]2.0.CO;2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 43

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2004Journal ArticleWright JT, de Nys R, Poore AGB, Steinberg PD, 'Chemical defense in a marine alga: heritability and the potential for selection by herbivores', Ecology, 85(11), (11) pp. 2946-2959. ISSN 0012-9658 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/03-4041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 61

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2001Journal ArticleWright JT, Steinberg PD, 'Effect of variable recruitment and post-recruitment herbivory on local abundance of a marine alga', Ecology, 82, (8) pp. 2200-2215. ISSN 0012-9658 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2307/2680226 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 40

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Journal Article

(74 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2022Tatsumi M, Mabin CJT, Layton C, Shelamoff V, Cameron MJ, et al., 'Density-dependence and seasonal variation in reproductive output and sporophyte production in the kelp, Ecklonia radiata', Journal of Phycology, 58, (1) pp. 92-104. ISSN 0022-3646 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.13214 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tatsumi M; Mabin CJT; Layton C; Shelamoff V; Cameron MJ; Johnson CR

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2021Hamm T, Barkhau J, Gabriel A-L, Gottschalck LL, Greulich M, et al., 'Plastic and natural inorganic microparticles do not differ in their effects on adult mussels (Mytilidae) from different geographic regions', The Science of The Total Environment, 811 Article 151740. ISSN 0048-9697 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.151740 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

Co-authors: Yap V; Chase Z; Hurd CL; Lavers JL

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2021Layton C, Cameron MJ, Shelamoff V, Tatsumi M, Wright JT, et al., 'A successful method of transplanting adult Ecklonia radiata kelp, and relevance to other habitat-forming macroalgae', Restoration Ecology, 29, (5) Article e13412. ISSN 1061-2971 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.13412 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Layton C; Cameron MJ; Shelamoff V; Tatsumi M; Johnson CR

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2021Lewis RD, Johnson CR, Wright JT, 'Demography of the intertidal fucoid Hormosira banksii: importance of recruitment to local abundance', Journal of Phycology, 57, (2) pp. 664-676. ISSN 0022-3646 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.13124 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lewis RD; Johnson CR

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2021Tatsumi M, Layton C, Cameron MJ, Shelamoff V, Johnson CR, et al., 'Interactive effects of canopy-driven changes in light, scour and water flow on microscopic recruits in kelp', Marine Environmental Research, 171 Article 105450. ISSN 0141-1136 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2021.105450 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Tatsumi M; Layton C; Cameron MJ; Shelamoff V; Johnson CR

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2020Gemelli F, Johnson CR, Wright JT, 'Spatial patterns of abundance and shell morphology of two gastropod species associated with different morphologies of an intertidal seaweed', Aquatic Ecology, 54 pp. 653-670. ISSN 1386-2588 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10452-020-09766-w [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2020Gribben PE, Poore AGB, Thomsen MS, Quesey P, Weschke E, et al., 'Habitat provided by native species facilitates higher abundances of an invader in its introduced compared to native range', Scientific Reports, 10, (1) Article 6385. ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-63429-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3

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2020Layton C, Cameron MJ, Tatsumi M, Shelamoff V, Wright JT, et al., 'Habitat fragmentation causes collapse of kelp recruitment', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 648 pp. 111-123. ISSN 0171-8630 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps13422 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Layton C; Cameron MJ; Tatsumi M; Shelamoff V; Johnson CR

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2020Scherelis C, Penesis I, Hemer MA, Cossu R, Wright JT, 'Dataset for concurrent echosounder and ADCP measurements at a tidal energy candidate site in Australia', Data in Brief, 31 Article 105873. ISSN 2352-3409 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2020.105873 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Penesis I

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2020Scherelis C, Penesis I, Hemer MA, Cossu R, Wright JT, et al., 'Investigating biophysical linkages at tidal energy candidate sites: a case study for combining environmental assessment and resource characterisation', Renewable Energy, 159 pp. 399-413. ISSN 0960-1481 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2020.05.109 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Penesis I; Guihen D

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2020Scherelis C, Penesis I, Marsh P, Cossu R, Hemer M, et al., 'Relating fish distributions to physical characteristics of a tidal energy candidate site in the banks strait, Australia', International Marine Energy Journal, 3, (2) pp. 111-118. ISSN 2631-5548 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.36688/imej.3.111‐118 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Penesis I; Marsh P

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2020Shelamoff V, Layton C, Tatsumi M, Cameron MJ, Wright JT, et al., 'High kelp density attracts fishes except for recruiting cryptobenthic species', Marine Environmental Research, 161 Article 105127. ISSN 0141-1136 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2020.105127 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Shelamoff V; Layton C; Tatsumi M; Cameron MJ; Edgar GJ; Johnson CR

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2020Uya M, Bulleri F, Wright JT, Gribben PE, 'Facilitation of an invader by a native habitat-former increases along interacting gradients of environmental stress', Ecology, 101, (4) Article e02961. ISSN 0012-9658 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.2961 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

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2020Yap VHS, Chase Z, Wright JT, Hurd CL, Lavers JL, et al., 'A comparison with natural particles reveals a small specific effect of PVC microplastics on mussel performance', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 160 Article 111703. ISSN 0025-326X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2020.111703 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Yap VHS; Chase Z; Hurd CL; Lavers JL

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2019Gemelli F, Johnson CR, Wright JT, 'Gastropod communities associated with different morphologies of the intertidal seaweed Hormosira banksii', Marine and Freshwater Research, 70, (2) pp. 280-291. ISSN 1323-1650 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF18159 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Johnson CR

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2019Layton C, Cameron MJ, Shelamoff V, Fernandez PA, Britton D, et al., 'Chemical microenvironments within macroalgal assemblages: implications for the inhibition of kelp recruitment by turf algae', Limnology and Oceanography, 64, (4) pp. 1600-1613. ISSN 0024-3590 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/lno.11138 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11

Co-authors: Layton C; Cameron MJ; Shelamoff V; Fernandez PA; Britton D; Hurd CL; Johnson CR

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2019Layton C, Shelamoff V, Cameron MJ, Tatsumi M, Wright JT, et al., 'Resilience and stability of kelp forests: the importance of patch dynamics and environment-engineer feedbacks', PLoS ONE, 14, (1) Article e0210220. ISSN 1932-6203 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0210220 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 36Web of Science - 37

Co-authors: Layton C; Shelamoff V; Cameron MJ; Tatsumi M; Johnson CR

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2019Mabin CJT, Johnson CR, Wright JT, 'Family-level variation in early life-cycle traits of kelp', Journal of Phycology, 55, (2) pp. 380-392. ISSN 0022-3646 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12820 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Mabin CJT; Johnson CR

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2019Mabin CJT, Johnson CR, Wright JT, 'Physiological response to temperature, light, and nitrates in the giant kelp Macrocystis pyrifera from Tasmania, Australia', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 614 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0171-8630 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps12900 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Mabin CJT; Johnson CR

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2019Shelamoff V, Layton C, Tatsumi M, Cameron MJ, Edgar GJ, et al., 'Kelp patch size and density influence secondary productivity and diversity of epifauna', Oikos, 129, (3) pp. 331-345. ISSN 0030-1299 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/oik.06585 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Shelamoff V; Layton C; Tatsumi M; Cameron MJ; Edgar GJ; Johnson CR

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2019Shelamoff V, Layton C, Tatsumi M, Cameron MJ, Wright JT, et al., 'Ecosystem engineering by a canopy-forming kelp facilitates the recruitment of native oysters', Restoration Ecology, 27, (6) pp. 1442-1451. ISSN 1061-2971 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/rec.13019 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Shelamoff V; Layton C; Tatsumi M; Cameron MJ; Johnson CR

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2019Shelamoff V, Layton C, Tatsumi M, Cameron MJ, Wright JT, et al., 'Patch size and density of canopy-forming kelp modify influences of ecosystem engineering on understorey algal and sessile invertebrate assemblages', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 632 pp. 59-79. ISSN 0171-8630 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps13155 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Shelamoff V; Layton C; Tatsumi M; Cameron MJ; Johnson CR

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2018Mueller R, Wright JT, Bolch CJS, 'Historical demography and colonization pathways of the widespread intertidal seaweed Hormosira banksii (Phaeophyceae) in southeastern Australia', Journal of Phycology, 54, (1) pp. 56-65. ISSN 0022-3646 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12599 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Mueller R; Bolch CJS

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2018Northfield TD, Laurance SGW, Mayfield MM, Paini DR, Snyder WE, et al., 'Native turncoats and indirect facilitation of species invasions', Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Biological Sciences, 285, (1871) Article 20171936. ISSN 0962-8452 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2017.1936 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

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2018Wong LSC, Lynch TP, Barrett NS, Wright JT, Green MA, et al., 'Local densities and habitat preference of the critically endangered spotted handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus): large scale field trial of GPS parameterised underwater visual census and diver attached camera', PloS ONE, 13, (8) Article e0201518. ISSN 1932-6203 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201518 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Barrett NS; Flynn DJH

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2018Wright JT, Holmes ZC, Byers JE, 'Stronger positive association between an invasive crab and a native intertidal ecosystem engineer with increasing wave exposure', Marine Environmental Research, 142 pp. 124-129. ISSN 0141-1136 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2018.09.025 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

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2018Zhang R, Yuen AKL, Magnusson M, Wright JT, de Nys R, et al., 'A comparative assessment of the activity and structure of phlorotannins from the brown seaweed Carpophyllum flexuosum', Algal Research, 29 pp. 130-141. ISSN 2211-9264 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.algal.2017.11.027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 26

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2017Magnusson M, Yuen AKL, Zhang R, Wright JT, Taylor RB, et al., 'A comparative assessment of microwave assisted (MAE) and conventional solid-liquid (SLE) techniques for the extraction of phloroglucinol from brown seaweed', Algal Research, 23 pp. 28-36. ISSN 2211-9264 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.algal.2017.01.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 35

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2017Wright JT, Gribben PE, 'Disturbance-mediated facilitation by an intertidal ecosystem engineer', Ecology, 98, (9) pp. 2425-2436. ISSN 0012-9658 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1932 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 27Web of Science - 28

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2016Tatsumi M, Wright JT, 'Understory algae and low light reduce recruitment of the habitat-forming kelp Ecklonia radiata', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 552 pp. 131-143. ISSN 0171-8630 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps11743 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 16

Co-authors: Tatsumi M

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2016Wright JT, Gribben PE, Latzel S, 'Native ecosystem engineer facilitates recruitment of invasive crab and native invertebrates', Biological Invasions, 18, (11) pp. 3163-3173. ISSN 1387-3547 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-016-1206-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

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2015Flukes EB, Wright JT, Johnson CR, 'Phenotypic plasticity and biogeographic variation in physiology of habitat-forming seaweed: response to temperature and nitrate', Journal of Phycology, 51, (5) pp. 896-909. ISSN 0022-3646 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12330 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 29Web of Science - 30

Co-authors: Flukes EB; Johnson CR

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2015Gribben PE, Simpson M, Wright JT, 'Relationships between an invasive crab, habitat availability and intertidal community structure at biogeographic scales', Marine Environmental Research, 110 pp. 124-131. ISSN 0141-1136 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2015.08.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 13

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2015Mueller R, Fischer AM, Bolch CJS, Wright JT, 'Environmental correlates of phenotypic variation: do variable tidal regimes influence morphology in intertidal seaweeds?', Journal of Phycology, 51, (5) pp. 859-871. ISSN 0022-3646 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.12329 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Mueller R; Fischer AM; Bolch CJS

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2014Flukes EB, Johnson CR, Wright JT, 'Thinning of kelp canopy modifies understory assemblages: the importance of canopy density', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 514 pp. 57-70. ISSN 0171-8630 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10964 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 33

Co-authors: Flukes EB; Johnson CR

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2014Gribben PE, Wright JT, 'Habitat-former effects on prey behaviour increase predation and non-predation mortality', Journal of Animal Ecology, 83, (2) pp. 388-396. ISSN 0021-8790 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2656.12139 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

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2014Harte C, Primo C, Penesis I, Fleming A, Wright JT, 'Preliminary assessment of the impacts of a wave energy converter on marine species native to South Australian coastal habitats', South Australian Naturalist, 88, (1) pp. 54-60. ISSN 0038-2965 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Harte C; Primo C; Penesis I; Fleming A

2014Harte C, Primo Perez C, Penesis I, Fleming AN, Wright JT, 'Preliminary assessment of the impacts of a wave energy converter on marine species native to South Australian coastal habitats', The South Australian Naturalist, 88, (1) pp. 54-60. ISSN 0038-2965 (2014) [Non Refereed Article]

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Co-authors: Harte C; Primo Perez C; Penesis I; Fleming AN

2014Mohring MB, Wernberg T, Wright JT, Connell SD, Russell BD, 'Biogeographic variation in temperature drives performance of kelp gametophytes during warming', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 513 pp. 85-96. ISSN 0171-8630 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10916 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 20

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2014Wright JT, Byers JE, DeVore JL, Sotka EE, 'Engineering or food? mechanisms of facilitation by a habitat-forming invasive seaweed', Ecology, 95, (10) pp. 2699-2706. ISSN 0012-9658 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/14-0127.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 57Web of Science - 58

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2013Freeman AS, Wright JT, Hewitt CL, Campbell ML, Szeto K, 'A gastropod's induced behavioral and morphological responses to invasive Carcinus maenas in Australia indicate a lack of novelty advantage', Biological Invasions, 15, (8) pp. 1795-1805. ISSN 1387-3547 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-013-0409-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Freeman AS; Hewitt CL

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2013Gribben PE, Byers JE, Wright JT, Glasby TM, 'Positive versus negative effects of an invasive ecosystem engineer on different components of a marine ecosystem', Oikos, 122, (6) pp. 816-824. ISSN 1600-0706 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2012.20868.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 62Web of Science - 60

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2013Gribben PE, I'Ons S, Phillips NE, Geange SW, Wright JT, et al., 'Biogeographic comparisons of the traits and abundance of an invasive crab throughout its native and invasive ranges', Biological Invasions, 15, (8) pp. 1877-1885. ISSN 1387-3547 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10530-013-0416-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

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2013Mabin CJT, Gribben PE, Fischer AM, Wright JT, 'Variation in the morphology, reproduction and development of the habitat-forming kelp Ecklonia radiata with changing temperature and nutrients', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 483 pp. 117-131. ISSN 1616-1599 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps10261 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 44Web of Science - 44

Co-authors: Mabin CJT; Fischer AM

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2013Nursey-Bray M, Blackwell B, Brooks B, Campbell ML, Goldsworthy LC, et al., 'Vulnerabilities and adaptation of ports to climate change', Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 56, (7) pp. 1021-1045. ISSN 1360-0559 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2012.716363 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 24

Co-authors: Nursey-Bray M; Blackwell B; Brooks B; Campbell ML; Goldsworthy LC; Pateman H; Rodrigues I; Francis J; Hewitt CL

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2012Wright JT, Byers JE, Koukoumaftsis LP, Gribben PE, 'Differences in anti-predator traits of a native bivalve following invasion by a habitat-forming seaweed', Marine and Freshwater research, 63, (3) pp. 246-250. ISSN 1448-6059 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF11184 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

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2012Wright JT, Gribben PE, Byers JE, Monro K, 'Invasive ecosystem engineer selects for different phenotypes of an associated native species', Ecology, 93, (6) pp. 1262-1268. ISSN 0012-9658 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/11-1740.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 17

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2011Simberloff D, Johnson C, Wright J, 'Non-natives: 141 scientists object', Nature, 475, (7354) pp. 36. ISSN 0028-0836 (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1038/475036a [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 156Web of Science - 146

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2010Byers JE, Wright JT, Gribben PE, 'Variable direct and indirect effects of a habitat-modifying invasive species on mortality of native fauna', Ecology, 91, (6) pp. 1787-1798. ISSN 0012-9658 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/09-0712.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 61Web of Science - 61

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2010Wright JT, Byers JE, Koukoumaftsis LP, Ralph PJ, Gribben PE, 'Native species behaviour mitigates the impact of habitat-forming invasive seaweed', Oecologia, 163, (2) pp. 527-534. ISSN 0029-8549 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-010-1608-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 25

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2009Davis A, Ferguson AM, Wright JT, 'Structural complexity facilitates accumulation and retention of fragments of the invasive alga Caulerpa taxifolia', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 371, (2) pp. 163-169. ISSN 0022-0981 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2009.01.017 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

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2009Gribben P, Wright JT, O'Connor A, Doblin M, Eyre B, et al., 'Reduced performance of native infauna following recruitment to a habitat-forming invasive marine alga', Oecologia, 158, (4) pp. 733-745. ISSN 0029-8549 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-008-1181-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 51Web of Science - 48

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2009Gribben P, Wright JT, O'Connor WA, Steinberg P, 'Larval settlement preference of a native bivalve: the influence of an invasive alga versus native substrata', Aquatic Biology, 7, (3) pp. 217-227. ISSN 1864-7790 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/ab00196 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 9

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2009Gribben PE, Byers JE, Clements M, McKenzie LA, Steinberg PD, et al., 'Behavioural interactions between ecosystem engineers control community species richness', Ecology Letters, 12, (11) pp. 1127-1136. ISSN 1461-023X (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2009.01366.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 75Web of Science - 76

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2009McKinnon J, Gribben P, Davis A, Jolley D, Wright JT, 'Difference in soft-sediment macrobenthic assemblages invaded by Caulerpa taxifolia compared to uninvaded habitats ', Marine Ecology Progress Series, 380, (April) pp. 59-71. ISSN 0171-8630 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps07926 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 47Web of Science - 46

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2009West EJ, Davis AR, Barnes PB, Wright JT, 'The role of recreational activities in creating fragments of invasive Caulerpa taxifolia', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 376, (1) pp. 17-25. ISSN 0022-0981 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2009.05.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 10

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2008Wright JT, Gribben PE, 'Predicting the impact of an invasive seaweed on the fitness of native fauna', Journal of Applied Ecology, 45, (5) pp. 1540-1549. ISSN 0021-8901 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2008.01541.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 37

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2007Khou M, Paul NA, Wright JT, Steinberg PD, 'Intrinsic factors influence the attachment of fragments of the green alga Caulerpa filiformis ', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 352, (2) pp. 331-342. ISSN 0022-0981 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2007.08.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 18

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2007West EJ, Barnes PB, Wright JT, Davis AR, 'Anchors aweigh: Fragment generation of invasive Caulerpa taxifolia by boat anchors and its resistance to desiccation', Aquatic Botany: An International Scientific Journal Dealing With Applied and Fundamental Research on Submerged, Floating and Emergent Plants in Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems., 87, (3) pp. 196-202. ISSN 0304-3770 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.aquabot.2007.06.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 24Web of Science - 22

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2007Wright JT, McKenzie LA, Gribben PE, 'A decline in the abundance and condition of a native bivalve associated with Caulerpa taxifolia ', Marine and Freshwater Research, 58, (3) pp. 263-272. ISSN 1323-1650 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF06150 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 31Web of Science - 30

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2006Dworjanyn SA, Wright JT, Paul NA, de Nys R, Steinberg PD, 'Cost of chemical defence in the red alga Delisea pulchra', Oikos: A Journal of Ecology, 113, (1) pp. 13-22. ISSN 0030-1299 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.0030-1299.2006.14359.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 48

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2006Gollan JR, Wright JT, 'Limited grazing pressure by native herbivores on the invasive seaward Caulerpa taxifolia in a temperate Australian estury', Marine and Freshwater Research, 57, (7) pp. 685-694. ISSN 1323-1650 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF05253 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 61Web of Science - 55

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2006Gribben PE, Wright JT, 'Sublethal effects on reproduction in native fauna: are females more vulnerable to biological invasion?', Oecologia, 149, (2) pp. 352-361. ISSN 0029-8549 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00442-006-0452-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 27

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2006Gribben PE, Wright JT, 'Invasive seaweed enhances recruitment of a native bivalve: roles of refuge from predation and the habitat choice of recruits', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 318, (August) pp. 177-185. ISSN 0171-8630 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps318177 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 50Web of Science - 48

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2006Wright JT, Davis AR, 'Demographic feedback between clonal growth and fragmentation in an invasive seaweed', Ecology, 87(7), (7) pp. 1744-1754. ISSN 0012-9658 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/0012-9658(2006)87[1744:DFBCGA]2.0.CO;2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 43

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2005Wright JT, 'Differences between native and invasive Caulerpa taxifolia: a link between asexual fragmentation abundance in invasive populations', Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters, 147, (2) pp. 559-569. ISSN 0025-3162 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-005-1561-5 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 48

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2005Wright JT, Dworjanyn SA, Rogers CN, Steinberg PD, Williamson JE, et al., 'Density-dependent sea urchin grazing: differential removal of species, changes in community composition and alternative community states', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 298, (August) pp. 143-156. ISSN 0171-8630 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps298143 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 84Web of Science - 82

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2004Wright JT, Williams SL, Dethier MN, 'No zone is always greener: variation in the performance of Fucus gardneri embryos, juveniles and adults across tidal zone and season', Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters, 145, (6) pp. 1061-1073. ISSN 0025-3162 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-004-1399-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 28Web of Science - 29

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2004Wright JT, de Nys R, Poore AGB, Steinberg PD, 'Chemical defense in a marine alga: heritability and the potential for selection by herbivores', Ecology, 85(11), (11) pp. 2946-2959. ISSN 0012-9658 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/03-4041 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 67Web of Science - 61

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2001Wright JT, Steinberg PD, 'Effect of variable recruitment and post-recruitment herbivory on local abundance of a marine alga', Ecology, 82, (8) pp. 2200-2215. ISSN 0012-9658 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.2307/2680226 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 40

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2001Zuccarello G, Yeates PH, Wright JT, Bartlett J, 'Population structure and physiological differentiation of haplotypes of Caloglossa leprieurii (Rhodophyta) in a mangrove intertidal zone ', Journal of Phycology, 37, (2) pp. 235-244. ISSN 0022-3646 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1529-8817.2001.037002235.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46Web of Science - 43

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2000Wright JT, Zuccarello GC, Steinberg PD, 'Genetic structure of the subtidal red alga Delisea pulchra ', Marine Biology: International Journal on Life in Oceans and Coastal Waters, 136, (3) pp. 439-448. ISSN 0025-3162 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s002270050703 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 40

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2000Wright JT, de Nys R, Steinberg PD, 'Geographic variation in halogenated furanones from the red alga Delisea pulchra and associated herbivores and epiphytes', Marine Ecology - Progress Series, 207 pp. 227-241. ISSN 0171-8630 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps207227 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 52

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1997Wright JT, 'Habitat associated differences in temperate sponge assemblages:: the importance of chemical defence', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 213, (2 ) pp. 199-213. ISSN 0022-0981 (1997) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/S0022-0981(96)02768-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 29

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2019Wernberg T, Coleman MA, Babcock RC, Bell SY, Bolton JJ, et al., 'Biology and ecology of the globally significant kelp Ecklonia radiata', Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review, 57 (2019) [Substantial Review]

DOI: 10.1201/9780429026379 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hurd CL; Johnson CR

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Conference Publication

(8 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Wright J, 'Mechanisms of facilitation by the habitat-forming invasive seaweed Gracilaria vermiculophylla', 8th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions Program, 20-22 August, Vancouver, Canada, pp. 6. (2015) [Conference Extract]

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2013Mueller R, Wright JT, Bolch CJS, 'Environmental drivers of adaptive phenotypes: Do variable tidal regimes drive morphological variation in a habitat-forming seaweed?', Abstract book of the Annual conferene of the Australasian Society for Phycology and Aquatic Botany, 27-29 November 2013, Brisbane, Queensland, pp. 35. (2013) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Mueller R; Bolch CJS

2009Byers J, Gribben P, Wright JT, 'Variable Direct and Indirect Effects of a Habitat Modifying Invasive Species on Mortality of Native Fauna', Marine Bioinvaders: agents of change in a changing world Abstract book 6, August 24-27, 2009, Oregon U.S.A., pp. 17. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2009Freeman AS, Koob E, Wright JT, Szeto K, Hewitt CL, et al., 'Does Evolutionary History Influence Recognition of the European Green Crab (Carcinus Maenas) in the Northwest Atlantic?', Marine Bioinvaders: agents of change in a changing world Abstract book 6, August 24-27, 2009, Oregon U.S.A., pp. 51. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hewitt CL; Campbell ML

2009Gribben P, Byers J, Wright JT, 'Divergent Impacts on Community Components by an Invasive Alga', Marine Bioinvaders: agents of change in a changing world Abstract book 6, August 24-27, 2009, Oregon U.S.A., pp. 61. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2009Szeto K, Freeman AS, Wright JT, Hewitt CL, Campbell ML, et al., 'Assessing Rapid-Evolution of the Chemical Recognition of an Invasive Crab Species in Tasmania', Marine Bioinvaders: agents of change in a changing world Abstract book 6, August 24-27, 2009, Oregon U.S.A., pp. 137. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Hewitt CL; Campbell ML

2009Wright JT, Gribben P, Monro K, 'Changes in paterns of Selection on a Native Species Following Invasion by a habitat-Forming seaweed', Marine Bioinvaders: agents of change in a changing world Abstract book 6, August 24-27, 2009, Oregon U.S.A., pp. 152. (2009) [Conference Extract]

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2008Wright JT, 'Negative effects of an invasive alga at different ecological levels', Human Impacts and Functioning Ecosystems, 6-10 July 2008, Christchurch, New Zealand, pp. 60. (2008) [Conference Extract]

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Other Creative Work

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YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Blackwell B, Maynard DL, Gaston TF, Wright JT, Gould S, 'Marine Education:Devil of a Swim,Waub's Bay,Bicheno,4th April 2010', AMC, Launceston, pp. 12 (2010) [Minor Creative Work]

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Co-authors: Blackwell B; Maynard DL; Gaston TF

Grants & Funding

Jeff has received funding through a range of sources including the Australian Research Council.

A selection of key grants include:

2022-2026: Wright JT, White WL, Hurd CL, Frusher SD, Visch W, South PM, Page G. $363,125. Creating opportunities for Bull Kelp Blue aquaculture. Economy CRC

2021-2024: Gribben PE, Marzinelli EM, Kendrick GA, Dafforn K, Mayer-Pinto M, Martin BC, Verges A, Glasby TM, Kilminster KL, Kjelleberg S, Ow YX, Wright JT. $643,998. Utilising plant-sediment-feedbacks to enhance seagrass restoration. Linkage Project, Australian Research Council

2020: Wright JT. $243,333. Sea Forest Asparagopsis Project. Sea Forest: Contract Research.

2002-2004: Wright JT. 227, 000. Population growth, genetic variation and adaptation in two Caulerpa species in southeastern Australia. Australian Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian Research Council.

Funding Summary

Number of grants

18

Total funding

$60,735,579

Projects

Creating opportunities for Bull Kelp aquaculture (2022 - 2026)$363,125
Description
Bull kelp (Durvillaea spp.) is a strong option for offshore cultivation due to its ability to tolerate high wave energy andproduce high levels of alginates. However, basic biological information required for its cultivation (reproduction, early life-cycle development andgrowth, hatchery methods and grow-out requirements) are not known which represents a significant knowledge gap for developing a bull kelpaquaculture industry. This project will fill this knowledge gap. Once these hatchery methods are optimised it will provide the basis to develop bull kelpcultivation as part of the BE CRC and the emerging Tasmanian seaweed industry.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($363,125)
Scheme
General Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Hurd CL; Visch W; Frusher SD; White L; South P; Page G
Period
2022 - 2026
Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (2021 - 2030)$59,000,000
Description
The objective of the MB-CRC is to transform Australias emerging marine bioproducts sector into a globally competitive industry. The focus will be on the industry and market-driven innovations to improve both the supply chain and value chain to deliver economies of scale and competitive capacity for Australia to access high value markets across the globe.Strategic alignment:From Tasmania and for Tasmania: A revolution in use of sustainable marine resources, the use of innovative bioprocessing technologies and the exploitation of local Tasmanian bioproducts with a global impact Human Health and nutrition: Marine derived products will improve human health and nutritionEconomic performance: Create regional competitive advantage for the marine bioproducts sector and new businesses through the industry problems we solve. Lift the economic performance of the State on manufacturing and bioresources usage.Environmental sustainability: providing aquaculture and agriculture industries with different market optionsEducational attainment: Students will be strongly involved in the development of the projects, aligned with Tasmania as a STEM State to collaborate with industry, business and government to translate knowledge into practical and productive outcomes.
Funding
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science ($59,000,000)
Scheme
CRC Programme
Administered By
Marine Bioproducts CRC
Research Team
Zhang W; Johnson CR; Hurd CL; Bolch CJS; MacLeod C; Nowak BF; Wright JT; White CA; Paull B; Smith SM; Thickett SCV; Smith JA; Quirino JP; Swarts ND; Newstead T; Grimmer EL; Nichols RL; Rajaguru R; Guven N; Alexander KA
Period
2021 - 2030
NESP MaC: Assessment of thermal tolerance in giant kelp (2021)$49,880
Description
Climate change and associated-stressors are responsible for declining kelp forests in Australia and around the world. Restoration can be an effective tool for the conservation of these critically-important habitats, however these types of interventions are largely ineffective if the driver of habitat loss is not remedied or ameliorated. Unfortunately, climate change is not something that can be fixed in the short-medium term and so restoration efforts where climate change is the driver of kelp forest loss (such as in south east and south west Australia) instead have to ensure the restoration of adapted or future-proofed kelp strains/individuals. Previous work at IMAS has identified warm-tolerant strains of Tasmanian giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) and are currently using them as the foundation for restoration trials. However, it is unknown what the actual physiological mechanisms are behind the increased thermal performance of these super kelp. And so, using those same giant kelp strains, which are stored in a kelp seedbank at IMAS, this project will employ innovative physiological approaches to reveal the mechanisms behind the improved thermal tolerance. This work will produce knowledge that is directly applicable to kelp forest restoration and biology but also the nascent Australian/Tasmanian kelp aquaculture industry, whilst also being transferable to other kelp species in Australia and globally.
Funding
Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment ($49,880)
Scheme
Grant-National Environmental Science Prgm (NESP)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CR; Layton C; Hurd CL; Wright JT
Year
2021
Sea forest Asparagopsis Project (2020 - 2021)$243,333
Description
Asparagopsis armata is a red alga (Phylum Rhodophyta) native to southern Australia, including Tasmania, and introduced intothe northeastern Atlantic Ocean. Algae in the genus Asparagopsis produce a range of biologically active halogenated compounds. Bromoform is themost abundant of these compounds (~ 2% dry weight) and when dried Asparagopsis or bromoforms are incorporated into the diet of ruminants, theyreduce methane production by up to 90%. Given methane production by livestock is a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions,supplementing the diet of livestock with Asparagopsis is seen as an important way of reducing global methane production.Overall objectives1. To optimise cultivation of Asparagopsis armata (biomass and bromoform production) including identifying the appropriate life-cycle stage toculture, high-yield strains, environmental conditions and stocking densities.2. Determine seasonal patterns in biomass and bromoforms of Asparagopsis armata at Cloudy Bay to inform a harvesting strategy
Funding
Sea Forest ($243,333)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT
Period
2020 - 2021
Kelp aquaculture scoping study (2020)$48,459
Description
This project will be a scoping study to gain the information needed to bring the bull kelp Durvillaea spp. into integrated offshore aquaculture. The Blue Economy CRC is interested in co-cultivation of Durvillaea with caged salmon in wave-exposed off shore sites (e.g. Storm Bay). Durvillaeas unique cellular structure and biomechanical properties allow it to thrive in wave-exposed sites and make it an excellent candidate for offshore culture. Also, the biomechanical properties that allow Durvillaea to absorb wave-energy provide the potential to dampen wave forces on or around off shore aquaculture structures. However, Durvilllaea is a notoriously challenging genus to work with and no species, internationally, has been brought into cultivation to date. This scoping project will have three components: 1. Desktop study to identify what is known about Durvillaea culture and that of related genera to identify suitable hatchery and methods for cultivation on off-shore structures; 2. An industry-partner workshop (e.g. with King Island Kelp Industries, Marinova) with Durvillaea experts from Chile to discuss the potential for and issues around Durvillaea aquaculture, and 3. A workshop followed by a desktop study to develop engineering and hydrodynamic projects that are needed to understand how Durvillaea will interact with wave forces on off-shore structures.
Funding
Blue Economy CRC Co ($48,459)
Scheme
Scoping Study Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Hurd CL; MacLeod C; Cossu R; Baldock T; White L; Roediger J; Stringer D; Gutierrez A; Fitton H; Strain EMA
Year
2020
Restoration and permaculture of giant kelp forests in Tasmania (2018 - 2019)$235,537
Description
Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) forests were previously a conspicuous and iconic feature of the eastern Tasmanian coast, but loss of ~95% of dense surface canopies has seen giant kelp forests listed as an endangered marine community in Australia. The collapse of giant forests is associated with ocean warming and the increased influence of warm East Australian Current water in eastern Tasmania. Nonetheless scattered healthy individual giant kelps persist. This project is focussed on identifying warm tolerant genotypes, and means to restore dense surface canopy stands of giant kelp that are self-replenishing and self-expanding. This research will also aid development of giant kelp for commercial harvest and as a means to ameliorate nitrogen input from fish farms in an integrated multi-trophic aquaculture setting.
Funding
Climate Foundation ($235,537)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CR; Layton C; Wright JT
Period
2018 - 2019
Fish and invertebrate recruitment in response to varying kelp habitat population dynamics (2014 - 2016)$22,000
Description
The project aims to achieve a broader understanding of how aspects of kelp population dynamics (density and habitat patch size) may influence the recruitment of associated invertebrate and fish species. This information will help to fill a gap in existing knowledge of the links between kelp community health and the biodiversity and productivity of kelp reef habitats as a whole.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($22,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CR; Wright JT; Layton C; Cameron MJ
Period
2014 - 2016
Impacts of a Wave Energy Converter on marine ecosystems of coastal South Australia (2014 - 2015)$2,000
Description
The primary objective of this project is to determine the impacts of a single wave energy converter on several critical aspects of the marine environment at Port Macdonnell, SA. In order to undertake this research the following research outcomes will be addressed: 1) the effect of the WEC on fish community structure and southern rock lobster abundance; 2) the effect of the WEC on the abundance and diversity of native and non-native fouling communities; 3) the effect of the WEC on acoustic profiles recorded at the structure and at defined distances away from the structure This project will provide new information on how the deployment of a specific type of WEC, an oscillating water column (OWC), will impact the surrounding marine environment. It will utilise a rigorous before-after-control-impact (BACI) design to determine impacts on fish communities, commercial crustacean species and fouling communities. By also determining changes to noise regimes it will provide a framework to understand potential mechanisms behind any changes to biological communities. These data can then be used to design future experiments that for example, determine the effects of noise on fish and crustacean species. Given that this structure is proposed to be the first of an array designated for the region, these data can be extrapolated to take into account further WEC development in the region. This research analyses the effects a Wave Energy Converter (WEC) situated close to the shore at Port MacDonnell SA will have on acoustic profiles, fouling assemblages and pelagic and demersal fisheries species of the region. It is anticipated that this study will encourage better management practices to be developed in regard to the installation of WECs and other renewable energy devices offshore, which will help protect native species in the region.
Funding
Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology ($2,000)
Scheme
Fellowship-Laurie Prandolini Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Harte C; Penesis I; Primo Perez C; Fleming AN
Period
2014 - 2015
Dynamic resilience and stability properties of marine systems: the importance of environment-engineer feedbacks in kelp forests (2013 - 2015)$325,000
Description
Habitat-forming ecosystem engineers modify the environment to the benefit of many other species, and are crucial to the functioning of their ecosystem. This project proposes that the environmental changes they cause are also crucial to the stability and resilience of the ecosystem engineer species themselves, i.e. that there is a positive feedback between changes to the environment caused by the engineer species and the engineers demography (an environment-engineer feedback). The project will test this idea for the most ecologically important habitat-forming kelp (Ecklonia radiata) in temperate Australasia, generating new knowledge to identify critical thresholds for this key habitat-forming species in the face of significant anthropogenic threat.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($325,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CR; Wright JT; Gribben P
Period
2013 - 2015
Grant Reference
DP130101113
8th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, UBC Vancouver, Canada (2013)$2,500
Description
This project continues a strong research trajectory in marine ecology in relation to the ecosystem engineer/climate change and marine invasive species fields.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT
Year
2013
Influence of genetic variability and plasticity on the fitness of a common intertidal seaweed (2013 - 2015)$21,450
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($21,450)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Mueller R
Period
2013 - 2015
Impacts of a Wave Energy Converter on marine ecosystems in coastal South Australia (2013)$7,000
Description
This PhD project will research the effects a Wave Energy Converter situated close to the shore at Port MacDonnell SA will have on fouling assemblages and pelagic and demersal fisheries species of the region.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($7,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Harte C; Penesis I; Primo Perez C; Fleming AN
Year
2013
Effects of CO2 and temperature on growth, development and reproduction of Ecklonia radiata gametophytes and sporophytes (2012 - 2014)$12,700
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($12,700)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Mabin CJ
Period
2012 - 2014
Rising Stars 3 (2011 - 2013)$51,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($51,000)
Scheme
Grant-Rising Stars Round 3
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT
Period
2011 - 2013
Impacts of Climate Change on Key Habitat-forming Seaweeds in SE Australia (2010 - 2012)$275,000
Description
This projects addresses effects of climate change on three key habitat-forming seaweeds on rocky reefs in SE Australia in a region currently warming at around 3.8 times the global average. Importantly, it examines the synergistic effects of changes in both temperature and nutrient levels, since the two are tightly linked in Nature. The project assesses whether performance of individuals within warmer parts of species' ranges is helpful in predicting responses to climate change in colder parts of a range and, in one key species (Ecklonia radiata), estimating the heritability of key traits and thus the potential to adapt to climate change.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($275,000)
Scheme
Grant-Discovery Projects
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Johnson CR; Wright JT
Period
2010 - 2012
Grant Reference
DP1096573
Preliminary Assessment of the Vulnerability of Australian Ports to Climate Change (2009)$14,420
Funding
University of Tasmania ($14,420)
Scheme
Grant-Cross Theme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Hewitt CL; Francis JLR; Blackwell B; Campbell ML; Goldsworthy LC; Pateman H; Nursey-Bray MJ; Rodrigues IJ; Wright JT
Year
2009
Post-invasion Trait-mediated Indirect Interactions: Ecological and Evolutionary Impacts of the Invasive European Green Crab (2009)$60,000
Funding
Australian Research Council ($60,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage International
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT; Freeman A; Hewitt CL; Campbell ML
Year
2009
Grant Reference
LX0989775
2009 R1 - The 6th International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions (2009)$2,175
Funding
University of Tasmania ($2,175)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wright JT
Year
2009

Research Supervision

Jeff leads an active and productive research group in marine ecology and seaweed aquaculture. He has supervised 11 PhD students and 26 Honours/Masters students to completion.

Jeff is interested in supervising students in the following broad research themes/topics:

  • The ecology of habitat-forming seaweed and seagrass
  • The effects of positive interactions/facilitation in affecting the resilience and restoration success of habitat-forming seaweed and seagrass
  • Aquaculture of bull kelp and Asparagopsis

Current

3

Completed

11

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDSeaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture: Optimisation of hatchery production2020
PhDSeaweed Solutions for Sustainable Aquaculture: optimisation of at sea culture2020
PhDCultivation of high-value seaweeds for food2021

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDStrategies and Outcomes for Biophysical Monitoring Activities at Tidal Energy Candidate Sites in Australia
Candidate: Constantin Carl Scherelis
2021
PhDApproaches to Assessing the Impact of Marine Renewable Energy Converters (MRECs) on Coastal Marine Environments
Candidate: Cher Harte
2021
PhDAlternative Stable States, Demography and Intraspecific Facilitation in the Intertidal Ecosystem Engineer Hormosira banksii
Candidate: Ryan David Lewis
2020
PhDInfluence of Ecklonia radiata patch characteristics on associated communities
Candidate: Victor Shelamoff
2020
PhDConsiderations for Monitoring River Catchments in relation to Potential Environmental Impacts from Intensive Aquaculture Systems
Candidate: Trinh Thi Mong Tran
2019
PhDThe Influence of Phenotypic Variation in a Habitat-Forming Seaweed on Intertidal Gastropod Communities
Candidate: Federica Gemelli
2019
PhDDynamic Resilience and Stability of Ecklonia radiata: The importance of density-dependent ecosystem engineering feedbacks
Candidate: Masayuki Tatsumi
2019
PhDResilience and Stability of Ecklonia Radiata Kelp Forests: The importance of intraspecific facilitation and patch dynamics
Candidate: Cayne Layton
2018
PhDPhysiological Performance and Adaptive Capacity of Kelp (Laminariales) in a Changing Environment
Candidate: Christopher James Turnbull Mabin
2017
PhDInfluence of the Genetic Variability and Plasticity on the Fitness of a Common Intertidal Seaweed
Candidate: Rebecca Mueller
2017
PhDEcophysiology of Habitat-Forming Seaweeds in a Changing Environment
Candidate: Emma Flukes
2015