Distinguished Professor Ian Wright (Chief Scientist)

Ian WrightDistinguished Professor Ian Wright is a Professor in Plant Functional Ecology, and the new Chief Scientist, for the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Ian is best known for global-scale analysis of plant traits, for careful quantification of plant structure-function relationships, and for using concepts from microeconomics to understand plant ecology and evolution (e.g. the “Leaf Economic Spectrum”, and “Least-cost Theory”). New work as a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre for Plant Success in Nature & Agriculture focuses on understanding adaptations to heat and water stress within the Australian flora, including in crop wild relatives.