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Ian R. Wright

Contact Information

  • Email: iwright1 at lion dot lmu dot edu


  • LMU Address (currently inactive): 1 LMU Drive MSB 6977 Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • Other snail mail: LMU Department of Biology



  • Biology
  • Class of 2021

Upper Division Courses and Labs

  • Principles of Ecology
  • Plant Development
  • Plant Physiology
  • Plant Biotechnology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • World Vegetation Ecology
  • Biostatistical Analysis
  • GIS Research
  • Bioinformatics Laboratory
  • Principles of Ecology Lab
  • Plant Development Lab
  • Plant Physiology Lab

Career Interests and Goals

  • Agricultural school
  • Restoration ecology
  • Retirement onto wine property

Research Experience


Center for Urban Resilience

Ballona Freshwater Marsh Mosquito Larval Monitoring

  • Mentors: Dr. John Dorsey, Dr. Eric Strauss, Dr. Michelle Romolini
  • 2018-2020
  • Monitored larval populations in Ballona Freshwater Marsh
  • White (unreviewed) paper publication for abatement management practices
  • Various guest lectures in LMU classes/labs

Venice Beach Least Tern Predator Abatement

  • Mentor: Dr. Peter Auger
  • 2018-2019
  • Quantified resident/transient crow populations
  • Monitored Least Tern nesting
  • Presentation at 2019 LMU Undergraduate Research Symposium

Culver City Coyote Prey Assessment

  • Mentor: Dr. Melinda Weaver
  • 2020-Present
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze scat samples for prey identification

Work Experience

Arden Park Lifeguard

  • Arden Park Parks and Rec
  • 2015-2018
  • Lifeguard and Youth Swim Instructor

CURes Research Assistant

  • Center for Urban Resilience
  • 2018-Present
  • Apprenticeships on various research projects

Teacher's Assistant

  • 2019-Present
  • 2019/20 Summer Environmental Science
    • Professors: Maria Curley and Dr. Peter Auger
  • 2020 Principles of Ecology Lab
    • Professor: Dr. Matt O'Niell

Personal Interests and Hobbies

Favorite Music

  • Radiohead
  • LCD SoundSystem
  • Grateful Dead

Favorite Movies

  • Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • The Ballad of Buster Scruggs


  • Gardening
  • Fly Fishing
  • Birding
  • Photography
  • Surfing
  • Backpacking
  • Robotics
  • Bass Guitar and Synthesizers
  • Electronics Repair/Soldering
  • Bicycle Repair

Favorite Aspect of Biology

My favorite aspect of biology is its interconnectedness. I also love being able to explore past research outside of classes. Click the link to see one of my favorite papers on Tricotyly by Robert Guess. Robert_Guess_1975.pdf

Favorite Aspect of Computer Science

I like learning how to use computer programs that are applicable to my field. I also really enjoy making maps and editing photographs.

Template and Quicklinks

Ian R. Wright Bioinformatics Work Template

Ian Wright's Bioinformatics Portfolio

Ian R. Wright's User Page

Ian Wright's Template

Assignment Pages

BIOL368/F20:Week 1

BIOL368/F20:Week 2

BIOL368/F20:Week 3

BIOL368/F20:Week 4

BIOL368/F20:Week 5

BIOL368/F20:Week 6

BIOL368/F20:Week 8

BIOL368/F20:Week 9

BIOL368/F20:Week 10

BIOL368/F20:Week 11

BIOL368/F20:Week 12

BIOL368/F20:Week 14

Individual Journal Entries

  1. Ian R. Wright Week 1
  2. Ian R. Wright Week 2
  3. Ian R. Wright Week 3
  4. Ian R. Wright Week 4
  5. Ian R. Wright Week 5
  6. Ian R. Wright Week 6
  7. Ian R. Wright Week 7
  8. Therapeutic Target Database (TTD) Review
  9. Ian R. Wright Week 9
  10. Ian R. Wright Week 10
  11. Ian R. Wright Week 11
  12. The D614G Research Group Week 12
  13. Ian R. Wright Week 14
  14. The D614G Research Group Week 14

Class Journals















  • I worked with User:Kam_Taghizadeh on creating this user page. Our collaboration included discussion over what was required content for the user page.
  • I took inspiration from Aiden L. Burnett's user page. Most notably, the video thumbs.
  • Help in linking and formatting images came from Help:Images on MediaWiki. Syntax was copied and modified to fit situation.
  • Instructions for the content of this user page were found at BIOL368/F20:Week 1.
  • Introduction to platform and educational material regarding syntax and style provided by User:Kam D. Dahlquist via zoom lecture.
  • Except for what is noted above, this individual journal entry was completed by me and not copied from another source.


  • Guess, R. E. (1975). A genetic study of tricotyly in Haplopappus gracilis (Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University).
  • Denning, P. J. (2008). The profession of IT Voices of computing. Communications of the ACM, 51(8), 19-21.
  • Denning, P. J. (2007). Computing is a natural science. Communications of the ACM, 50(7), 13-18.
  • Janovy, J. (1996). On becoming a biologist. U of Nebraska Press.
  • BIOL368/F20:Week 1