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Professor Lowe is Chair in Plant Conservation Biology at the University of Adelaide, and Associate Science Director of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.
Professor Lowe has worked at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Long Ashton Research in the UK, and the International Livestock Research Institute in Kenya.
He has a range of research interests in the area of biodiversity genomics — and is currently developing a DNA tracking method to help identify legally sourced timber along supply chains with commercial partners and aid agencies.
Position at Other Organisations
- Professor of Plant Conservation Biology, University of Adelaide
- Principal Advisor – Biodiversity Research Partnerships – Science, Monitoring and Knowledge Branch, South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
Plant ecological and evolutionary genetics; biodiversity discovery and ecosystem monitoring; landscape, conservation and restoration genetics; historical range shifts and phenological change; interspecific hybridisation and week evolution.
Current Research Projects
- Long-term Australian Multi-scale Plot System (LAMPS), incorporating Ausplots, LTERs and Supersites. A. J. Lowe, D. Lindenmayer, M. Liddell. 2011–2014, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), EIF-DIISR, $12m.
- TRansect for ENvironmental monitoring and Decision making (TREND): Adaptive management of productive and native systems for climate change. A. J. Lowe, P. Hayman, C. J. Bradshaw, B. Brook , A. Cooper, F. Gurgel, K. Ophel-Keller, J. Tanner, J. Foulkes, R. Hamden. 2010–2013, Premier's Science and Research Fund, $1.35m.
Awards & Achievements
- Field Science Officer, Society for Environmental Exploration, Tanzania (1991–1992)
- International Consultant, International Livestock Research Institute, Kenya (1996)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, Edinburgh (1996–1997)
- Postdoctoral Researcher, BBSRC Long Ashton, Bristol (1998)
- Senior Scientist, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh (1998–2003)
- Lecturer, University of Queensland (2003–2006)
- Associate Science Director for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (2009–2011).
- Founding Member of Steering Committee, Global Timber Tracking Network, established by Bioversity International (2012–current)
- Australian co-representative, International Barcode of Life Science Steering Group (2009–ongoing)
- Member, Management Committee of the Atlas of Living Australia (2009–ongoing)
- Chair and Founding Member, Australian Barcode of Life Network (2007–ongoing). Chair since 2011.
- Member of Management Committee, Terrestrial Biodiversity Node of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (2008–ongoing)
- BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology, Bath University (1987–1991)
- PhD in Plant Evolutionary Genetics, St Andrews University (1992–1996)
Current Teaching Responsibilities
Undergraduate courses at the University of Adelaide
- Australian Biota
- Conservation and Restoration
Supervision of Honours students
- Kimberly McCallum (2011) A multidisciplinary approach to conserving Callistemon teretifolius in a changing climate. BSc Hons, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Guerin G.)
- Taj Arndell (2012) Conservation genetics of the endangered terrestrial orchid Caladenia rigida in the Mount Lofty Ranges. BSc Hons, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Biffin E.)
Supervision of PhD students
- Gareth Smith Belton (2010–ongoing) Taxonomy, phylogenetics and phylogeography of the Great Australian Bight macroalgae: biodiversity and the relict species concept. PhD, University of Adelaide (Gurgel F., Lowe A. J.)
- Bianca Dunker (2009–ongoing) Seed dispersal, landscape genetics and fire. PhD, Flinders University (Bull M., Lowe A. J., Driscol D., Keith D.)
- Austin Brown (2009–ongoing) Speciation mechanisms in Australasian Lachnagrostis. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Cross H., Cantrill D., Murphy D., Cross H.)
- Martin Breed (2009–ongoing) Restoration genetics in Murray mallee and Neotropical Forests: implications for management and planning. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J. , Ottewell K., Gardner M.)
- Nuttanun Soisup (2009–ongoing) Molecular Systematics of Marine Macroalgae. PhD, University of Adelaide (Gurgel F., Lowe A. J.)
- Patricia Fuentes-Cross (2009–ongoing) Humans as agents of landscape change in Australia: vegetation turn over and domestication. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Ryder M., Gardner M.)
- Craig Costion (2008–2012) The great Australasian floral interchange; developing phylogenetic methods for biogeography and conservation. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J. , Crayn D.)
- Jolene Scoble (2008–2012) Identifying historic and contemporary refugia for arid avifauna threatened by climate change in South Australian mallee ecotonal vegetation. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Gardner M., Smyth A., Joseph L.)
- Fran MacGilvary (2008–2012) Tracking phenological shifts and evolutionary impacts due to climate change. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Conran J., Hudson I.)
- Rohan Melick (2008–2012) The affect of Quaternary climate change on the distribution of a rainforest gymnosperm (Podocarpus elatus) along the east coast of Australia using palynological and molecular evidence. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Rossetto M., Hill R.)
- Margaret Heslewood (2007–ongoing) Phylogeography and biogeography of genera in the family Cunoniaceae in Australia. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Rossetto M., Crayn D.)
- Ellie Dormontt (2007–ongoing) Why do only some exotics become invasive? Combining ecological and genomic approaches to address alternative hypotheses in a recent Australian weed. PhD, University of Adelaide (Lowe A. J., Prentis P., Ostendorf B., Gardner M.)
Evolution of plants; invasive species; DNA tracking; illegal logging; climate change adaptation; landscape genetics; genomics; DNA barcoding; ecosystem survey; phylogeography speciation and hybridisation; biodiversity corridor planning; biodiversity refugia habitat restoration; conservation planning.
- Guerin, G. R., Wen, H. X., and Lowe, A. J. (2012). Leaf morphology shift in response to climate change. Biology Letters. Published online 4th July, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2012.0458. http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2012/06/28/rsbl.2012.0458.full.pdf+html
- Breed, M. F., Gardner, M. G., Ottewell, K. M., Navarro, C. M., and Lowe, A. J. (2012). Changing trade-offs between inbreeding costs and reproductive assurance in Central American big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla) Ecology Letters 15: 444–452.
- Biffin, E., Brodribb, T. J., Hill, R. S., Thomas, P., and Lowe, A. J. (2012). Leaf evolution in Southern Hemisphere conifers tracks the angiosperm ecological radiation. Proceedings of the Royal Society, Biological Science 279: 341–348.
- Lowe, A. J. and Cross, H. B. (2011). The Application of DNA to Timber Tracking and Origin Verification. Journal of the International Association of Wood Anatomists 32(2): 251–262.
- Biffin, E., Hill, R., and Lowe, A. J. (2010). Did Agathis (Araucariaceae: Coniferales) really survive the Oligocene drowning of New Zealand. Systematic Biology 59: 594–602.
- Scoble J. and Lowe, A. J. (2010). A case for incorporating phylogeography and landscape genetics into species distribution modelling approaches to improve climate adaptation and conservation planning. Diversity and Distributions 16: 343–353.
- Wilson, J. R. U., Dormontt, E. E., Prentis, P. J., Lowe, A. J., and Richardson, D. M. (2009). Something in the way you move: dispersal pathways affect invasion success. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24: 136–144.
- Pavlacky, D. C., Goldizen, A. W., Prentis, P. J., Nicholls, J. A., and Lowe, A. J. (2009). A landscape genetics approach for quantifying the relative influence of historic and contemporary habitat heterogeneity on the genetic connectivity of a rainforest bird. Molecular Ecology 18: 2945–2960.
- Prentis, P., Dormontt, E., Wilson, A., Richardson, D., and Lowe, A. J. (2008). Adaptive evolution in invasive species. Trends in Plant Sciences 13: 288–294.
- Broadhurst, L. M., Lowe, A., Coates, D. J., Cunningham, S. A., McDonald, M., Vesk, P. A., and Yates, C. (2008). Seed supply for broadscale restoration: maximising evolutionary potential. Evolutionary Applications 1: 587–597.