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Dr Megan Wong

Dr Megan Wong

Research Associate, Soil Science

Megan brings to the CeRDI team a broad range of experience gained across 15 years in the science, environment and education sectors. Megan completed her PhD in 2014 at Monash University which investigated the association of soil biology with vegetation and land use change across the Riverine Plains of Victoria. Her work has taken her from a medical research laboratory to a wide range of agricultural and natural landscapes in Australia where she has monitored, established trials, collated and analysed data for government organisations, community groups and universities. Megan has also worked across education sectors, including teaching environmental subjects at the tertiary level and conducting reviews and evaluations in the adult education sector.

Call: 03 5327 6536
Email: mr.wong@federation.edu.au

Qualifications
  • Doctor of Philosophy - Monash University (2014)
  • Bachelor of Science - LaTrobe University (2001)
  • Graduate Diploma of Education - LaTrobe University (2005)
Professional experience
  • 2013 - 2016. Independent Research Assistant and consultancy. Program evaluation, field surveys and soil ecology.
  • 2009 - 2013. Monash University. PhD Candidate, Teaching Associate.
  • 2006 - 2009. Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. Classroom Teacher.
  • 2003 - 2004. Research Assistant. Department of Conservation and Land Management and The Howard Florey Institute.
Professional associations
  • The Ecological Society of Australia
  • Soil Science Australia
  • Journal papers

    Robinson, N., Dahlhaus, P., Wong, M., MacLeod, A., Jones, D., & Nicholson, C. (in press). Testing the public-private soil data sharing model for soil management outcomes. Soil Use and Management.

    Wong, M.R., Morgan, J.M., Wong, N.K., & Cavagnaro, T.C. (2015). The incorporation of fungal to bacterial ratios and plant ecosystem effect traits into a state-and-transition model of land-use change in semi-arid grasslands. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 201, 11-19. doi: 10.1016/j.agee.2014.10.012

  • Conferences

    Dahlhaus, P.G., Simons, B., Wong, M., MacLeod, A., & Robinson, N. (2018). Making soils data FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable. SOIL: The key to the past, the present and the future. National Soils Conference, November 18th - 23rd, Canberra, Australia. Soil Science Australia.

    Schefe, C.R., Grant, C.D., Dahlhaus, P., Robinson, N., Wong, M., Walker, R., Janik, L., Jones, D., & Fleay, B. (2018). Capturing in-paddock variability and the quest for spatial PAW prediction: a team sport. SOIL: The key to the past, the present and the future. National Soils Conference, November 18th - 23rd, Canberra, Australia. Soil Science Australia.

    Wong, MR, Morgan JM, Cavagnaro TC (2011) Microbial community functional groups: Links to vegetation and ecosystem properties of semi-arid grasslands in south-eastern Australia. In Bornette, G. & Puijalon, S. (eds), 54th Symposium of the International Association for Vegetation Science: Abstracts. Université Lyon 1 Service Formation Continue et Alternance.

    Wong, MR, Morgan JM, Wong, NK, Cavagnaro, TC (2012) If aboveground vegetation changes after abandonment, what happens belowground? A test of fungal to bacterial energy channel theory in native grasslands. Oral presentation, The Ecological Society of Australia, Hobart, Australia

    Wong, MR, Morgan J.M, Wong, NK, Cavagnaro, TC (2010) Vegetation and soil food web responses to resource availability in a perennial tussock grassland, south-eastern Australia. Poster presentation, The International Association for Vegetation Science: Abstracts, Baja California, México

    Wong, MR, Morgan, JM, Cavagnaro, TC (2008) A comparison of arbuscular mycorrhizal inoculum potential between two vegetation types of a Northern Plains Grassland of Victoria. Poster Presentation, The Ecological Society of Australia, Sydney, Australia

  • Reports

    Dahlhaus, P.G., Bennett, J.McL., Corbett J., Crawford, D., Grelet, G., Imhof M., MacLeod, A., Mele P.M., Stevenson, B., Wells, N. & Wong M. (2018). A review of indicators of soil health and function: farmers' needs and data management. Final Project Report, Soil CRC Project 2.1.01. Cooperative Research Centre for High Performance Soils, June 2018, 200p.

    Wong, S, Walker, J, Wheeler, L and Wong, M (2016) Decent training for decent work: Strengthening Employment Outcomes. Strategies to improve connections between Learn Local offerings and employment outcomes for learners. Pascal International Observatory, http://pascalobservatory.org/pascalnow/blogentry/strengthening-employment-outcomes-adult-and-community-education-rural-western-vi

    Wong, S, Wong, I, Walker, J, Wheeler, L and Wong, M (2016) Learning locally: Better understanding the complexity and costs of service delivery in rural locations. Pascal International Observatory, http://pascalobservatory.org/pascalnow/blogentry/overcoming-challenges-delivering-adult-and-community-education-rural-south-west-

    Wong, S, Wong, I, Bergin, C, Wong, M, Lomnicki, I (2014) Youth Now BiZE Centre Evaluation. Youth Now, Sunshine, Victoria. Funded under the ACFE Capacity and Innovation Fund 2012.

    Wong, S, Wong, M (2014) YouthNow BizE Centre Evaluation - Scan of the Literature. Youth Now, Sunshine, Victoria. Funded under the ACFE Capacity and Innovation Fund 2012.

    Wong, S & Wong, M (2014) Work's 4 Me Evaluation: Transitioning to training and employment program for people with disabilities in the City of Melton, Victoria. Youth Now, Sunshine, Victoria. Funded under the ACFE Capacity and Innovation Fund 2012.

    Wong, S & Wong, M (2014) Work's 4 Me Evaluation: Scan of the Literature. Youth Now, Sunshine, Victoria. Funded under the ACFE Capacity and Innovation Fund 2012.

    Wheeler, L., Wong, S, Wong, I et al. (2013) Evaluation of the Transition Brokers Program. Hume Whittlesea Local Learning and Employment Network. Whittlesea Youth Commitment, Melbourne.

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