Dr. Wright is a landscape ecologist with research interests in wetland ecology, synoptic monitoring of environmental trends, applications of graph theory to conservation planning, and food webs. He has worked largely in wetland and grassland systems - mostly focused in North America and Central Asia - in both pristine settings like Yellowstone National Park and highly managed agricultural landscapes like the Northern Great Plains and Kazakh Steppe.
Dr. Wright holds a B.A. in Biology from Williams College, with an M.S. in Agronomy and Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Montana State University. Before joining GIScCE, he was a National Research Council Postdoctoral Associate at the USGS Center for Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS).
Wright CK. 2010. Spatiotemporal dynamics of prairie wetland networks: power-law scaling and implications for conservation planning. Ecology 91:1924-1930. http://www.esajournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1890/09-0865.1
Wright CK, de Beurs KM, Ahkmadieva ZK, Groisman PY, Henebry GM. 2009. Reanalysis data underestimate significant changes in growing season weather in Kazakhstan. Environmental Research Letters 4:045020. http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/1748-9326/4/4/045020/
De Beurs KM, Wright CK, Henebry GM. 2009. Dual scale trend analysis for evaluating climatic and anthropogenic effects on the vegetated land surface in Russia and Kazakhstan. Environmental Research Letters 4:045012. http://www.iop.org/EJ/abstract/1748-9326/4/4/045012
Wright CK. 2008. Ecological community integration increases with added trophic complexity. Ecological Complexity 5:140-145. globalmonitoring.sdstate.edu/repository.php
McMenamin SK, Hadley EA, Wright CK. 2008. Climatic change and wetland desiccation cause amphibian decline in Yellowstone National Park. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 105:16988-16993. http://www.pnas.org/content/105/44/16988.full
Wright CK, Gallant A. 2007. Improved wetland remote sensing in Yellowstone National Park using classification trees to combine TM imagery and ancillary environmental data. Remote Sensing of Environment 107:582-605. globalmonitoring.sdstate.edu/repository.php
Wright CK, Sojda R, Goodman D. 2002. Bayesian time series analysis of segments of the Rocky Mountain trumpeter swan population. Waterbirds 25:319-326. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1522369