Doctor Ian Wright

Doctor Ian Wright

Lecturer,
Natural Science (SoSH)

Biography

Ian Wright has a Bachelor degree in Agriculture (HAC) and initially worked as a scientist with Sydney Water investigating the impact of human activities on creeks and rivers of the Sydney basin. A major focus was examining the impact of partly treated sewage on Blue Mountains streams using freshwater invertebrates as biological indicators. This was used for his Master of Science (by Research) at MacquarieUniversity. Ian also worked as a catchment officer in Sydney Water’s drinking water catchments. In 2005 he received his PhD and in 2007 began employment at UWS as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in freshwater ecology and water pollution. Before becoming a fulltime lecturer at UWS in 2012 Ian established a consulting business, mainly helping local Government with projects associated with urban water quality. Ian teaches students in the water quality and water management, environmental planning and environmental regulation areas. His research interests include freshwater ecology, water chemistry and water pollution (science and management). Ian has a long standing interest in the impact of urban development and mining on streams and rivers. He has provided independent expert testimonies for environmental science matters for the NSW Land & Environment Court and is an enthusiastic participant in community engagement activities in water science and management projects.

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Qualifications

  • MSC Macquarie University
  • DPHIL University of Western Sydney

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Natural Science (SoSH)

Contact

Email: I.Wright@westernsydney.edu.au
Phone: (02) 4570 1378
Mobile:
Location: K12.G.73
Hawkesbury
Website:

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Teaching

Previous Teaching Areas

  • 300814 Water Quality Assessment and Management, 2015
  • 300824 Management of Aquatic Environments, 2015
  • 300840 Environmental Planning and Climate Change, 2015
  • 300841 Environmental Regulation and Policy, 2015

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Wright, I. and Ryan, M. (2016), 'Impact of mining and industrial pollution on stream macroinvertebrates : importance of taxonomic resolution, water geochemistry and EPT indices for impact detection', Hydrobiologia, vol 772, no 1 , pp 103 - 115.
  • Price, P. and Wright, I. (2016), 'Water quality impact from the discharge of coal mine wastes to receiving streams : comparison of impacts from an active mine with a closed mine', Water Air and Soil Pollution, vol 227, no 5 .
  • Wright, I., McCarthy, B., Belmer, N. and Price, P. (2015), 'Subsidence from an underground coal mine and mine wastewater discharge causing water pollution and degradation of aquatic ecosystems', Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, vol 226, no 10 .
  • Belmer, N., Wright, I. and Tippler, C. (2015), 'Urban geochemical contamination of high conservation value upland swamps, Blue Mountains Australia', Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, vol 226, no 10 .
  • Ryan, M., Burgin, S. and Wright, I. (2015), 'Effects of wetland water source on a population of the Australian eastern long-necked turtle Chelodina longicollis', Water, Air and Soil Pollution, vol 226, no 12 .
  • Davies, P. and Wright, I. (2014), 'A review of policy, legal, land use and social change in the management of urban water resources in Sydney, Australia : a brief reflection of challenges and lessons from the last 200 years', Land Use Policy, vol 36 , pp 450 - 460.
  • Grella, C., Wright, I., Findlay, S. and Jonasson, O. (2014), 'Geochemical contamination of urban water by concrete stormwater infrastructure : applying an epoxy resin coating as a control treatment', Urban Water Journal, .
  • Tippler, C., Wright, I., Davies, P. and Hanlon, A. (2014), 'The influence of concrete on the geochemical qualities of urban streams', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 65, no 11 , pp 1009 - 1017.
  • Tippler, C., Wright, I. and Hanlon, A. (2012), 'Is catchment imperviousness a keystone factor degrading urban waterways? A case study from a partly urbanised catchment (Georges River, South-Eastern Australia)', Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, vol 223, no 8 , pp 5331 - 5344.
  • Borchard, P., Eldridge, D. and Wright, I. (2012), 'Sarcoptes mange (Sarcoptes scabiei) increases diurnal activity of bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) in an agricultural riparian environment', Mammalian Biology, vol 77, no 4 , pp 244 - 248.
  • Graham, K. and Wright, I. (2012), 'The potential and reality of the environment protection licensing system in New South Wales : the case of water pollution', Environmental and Planning Law Journal, vol 29, no 5 , pp 359 - 372.
  • Wright, I., Wright, S., Graham, K. and Burgin, S. (2011), 'Environmental protection and management: A water pollution case study within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Australia', Land Use Policy, vol 28, no 1 , pp 353 - 360.
  • Wright, I., Davies, P., Findlay, S. and Jonasson, O. (2011), 'A new type of water pollution : concrete drainage infrastructure and geochemical contamination of urban waters', Marine and Freshwater Research, vol 62, no 12 , pp 1355 - 1361.
  • Wright, I. and Burgin, S. (2010), 'Diel variation in chironomid (Diptera: Insecta) exuviae abundance and taxonomic richness in near-pristine upland streams of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, South-Eastern Australia', Aquatic Ecology, vol 44, no 1 , pp 131 - 141.
  • Davies, P., Wright, I., Findlay, S., Jonasson, O. and Burgin, S. (2010), 'Impact of urban development on aquatic macroinvertebrates in south eastern Australia : degradation of in-stream habitats and comparison with non-urban streams', Aquatic Ecology, vol 44, no 4 , pp 685 - 700.
  • Davies, P., Wright, I., Jonasson, O. and Findlay, S. (2010), 'Impact of concrete and PVC pipes on urban water chemistry', Urban Water Journal, vol 7, no 4 , pp 233 - 241.
  • Borchard, P., Wright, I. and Eldridge, D. (2010), 'Wombats and domestic livestock as potential vectors of Cryptosporidium and Giardia in an agricultural riparian area', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 58, no 3 , pp 150 - 153.
  • Borchard, P. and Wright, I. (2010), 'Using camera-trap data to model habitat use by bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) and cattle (Bos taurus) in a south-eastern Australian agricultural riparian ecosystem', Australian Mammalogy, vol 32, no 1 , pp 16 - 22.
  • Wright, I. and Burgin, S. (2009), 'Effects of organic and heavy metal pollution on chironomids within a pristine upland catchment', Hydrobiologia, vol 635, no 1 , pp 15 - 25.
  • Wright, I. and Burgin, S. (2009), 'Comparison of sewage and coal-mine wastes on stream macroinvertebrates within an otherwise clean upland catchment, Southeastern Australia', Journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution, vol 204, no 40634 , pp 227 - 241.
  • Borchard, P., Wright, I. and McArthur, C. (2009), 'Do bare-nosed wombat (Vombatus ursinus) mounds influence terrestrial macroinvertebrate assemblages in agricultural riparian zones?', Australian Journal of Zoology, vol 57, no 5 , pp 329 - 336.
  • Wright, I. and Burgin, S. (2007), 'Species richness and distribution of Eastern Australian lake chironomids and chaoborids', Freshwater Biology, vol 52, no 12 , pp 2354 - 2368.

Conference Papers

  • Birtles, P., Hoban, A., Tippler, C., Shoo, B., Davies, P. and Wright, I. (2015), 'Liveability and an urban creek : perspectives and dreams of residents who are not yet', International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design , Cockle Bay, N.S.W..
  • Grella, C., Tippler, C., Renshaw, A. and Wright, I. (2014), 'Investigating the link between riparian weed invasion, riparian soil geochemistry and catchment urbanisation', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Tippler, C., Findlay, S., Wright, I., Davies, P., Evans, C. and Ahmed, M. (2014), 'Does seasonality influence freshwater macroinvertebrate communities in the temperate paradise of Sydney?', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • St Lawrence, A., Wright, I., McCormack, R., Day, C., Smith, G. and Crane, B. (2014), 'Bifenthrin pesticide contamination : impacts and recovery at Jamison Creek, Wentworth Falls', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Chircop, N. and Wright, I. (2014), 'Water quality and ecological impacts of treated sewage effluent on a peri-urban stream', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Sullivan, R., Wright, I., Renshaw, A. and Wilks, M. (2014), 'The assessment of impacts from mining wastes on water quality and aquatic ecosystems using freshwater macroinvertebrate communities and novel bio-assay tests', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Belmer, N., Tippler, C., Davies, P. and Wright, I. (2014), 'Impact of a coal mine waste discharge on water quality and aquatic ecosystems in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Day, C., Wright, I., St Lawrence, A., Setter, R. and Smith, G. (2014), 'Factors influencing deoxygenation following an unintended whole of water body herbicide treatment of aquatic weed cabomba in a natural wetland in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Shield, K., Tippler, C., Renshaw, A. and Wright, I. (2014), 'The invasive freshwater gastropods, Physa acuta and Potamopyrgus antipodarum : distribution in urban and non-urban streams in the Georges River catchment ', Australian Stream Management Conference, Townsville, Qld..
  • Knights, D., Beharrell, D. and Wright, I. (2012), 'Is it possible to have high frequent flow disturbance and high stream health? Results from a field survey in northern Sydney', International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design, Melbourne, Vic..
  • Wright, I., Wallwood, N., Wolfenden, J. and Old, J. (2012), 'Are Australian Chironomids tolerant of water pollution?', Australian Stream Management Conference, Canberra, A.C.T..
  • Wright, I. (2012), 'Coal mine 'dewatering' of saline wastewater into NSW streams and rivers : a growing headache for water pollution regulators', Australian Stream Management Conference, Canberra, A.C.T..
  • Tippler, C., Wright, I. and Hanlon, A. (2012), 'Development of regional freshwater water quality and catchment guidelines for the conservation of aquatic ecosystems : a case study from the Georges River catchment', Australian Stream Management Conference, Canberra, A.C.T..

Research

Previous Projects

Title: Impact of treated effluent in storage dams on biodiversity
Years: 2007-10-01 - 2011-12-30
ID: P0015891
Western Researchers: Shelley Burgin, Basant Maheshwari, Ian Wright and Adrian Renshaw
Funding:
  • UWS Hawkesbury Foundation
Title: Urban geology - the impact of public drainage systems on urban water
Years: 2009-08-13 - 2010-08-12
ID: P00017125
Western Researchers: Ian Wright
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney
  • Ku-ring-gai Council
Title: Analysis of natural environmental factors influencing freshwater midges (Chironomidae: Diptera): seasonal study of natural streams in protected areas across an altitudinal gradient
Years: 2007-09-12 - 2008-09-11
ID: P0015805
Western Researchers: Ian Wright
Funding:
  • University of Western Sydney

Media

Title: ABC Catalyst
Description: ABC Catalyst program on coal mine pollution of Grose River
Title: Appin Coal Mine
Description: Sydney Morning Herald frint page article
Title: Coal Mine pollution
Description: Sydney Morning Herald article on coal mine pollution of a Blue Mountains River (Grose River)
Title: Coal mine pollution
Description: Sydney Morning Herald article on Government repsonse to coal mine pollution
Title: Coal mine pollution
Description: ABC News and Lateline
Title: Concrete Pollution of urban waterways
Description: ECOS magazine article on pollution of urban waterways from concrete
Title: Power station pollution
Description: Sydney Morning Herald front page article on water pollution from an electricity power station

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