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Justin Prouty Wright

Professor of Biology
Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
258 Biological Sciences, Durham, NC 27708


My research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of patterns of biological diversity across the planet. I am particularly interested in two broad questions: 1)How does the modification of the environment by organisms affect community structure and ecosystem function? and 2) what aspects of biodiversity matter most in the regulation of ecosystem function? While much of my research has focused on wetland plant communities, I am willing to study any organism and work in any ecosystem to answer the questions that interest me. I have worked in systems ranging from tropical streams to desert shrublands. My research program combines observational and experimental approaches with modeling to develop and test hypotheses and build towards synthetic ecological theory.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Professor of Biology · 2021 - Present Biology, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Dean of Graduate Education in Trinity College of Arts & Sciences · 2022 - Present Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
Professor in the Division of Marine Sciences and Convservation · 2021 - Present Marine Science and Conservation, Nicholas School of the Environment

Education, Training & Certifications

Cornell University · 2002 Ph.D.
Williams College · 1996 B.A.