Interim Director, Environment Institute
Division of Research and Innovation
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Professor Andrew Lowe is a dynamic and innovative research leader with over 10 years senior experience in university, government, start-up industry and community sectors. He brings high energy and instils infectious enthusiasm into teams and groups he engages with.
Currently Andrew is Director of Food Innovation, a University-wide role reporting to the DVCR, that brings together expertise in research and teaching across faculties, institutes and schools to coordinate and provide a single entry point for the significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and internationally. Andrew is also Deputy Dean – Partnerships and Collaboration in the Faculty of Science, and has overseen the submission of several multi-million dollar contracts for state and federal funding, he has coordinated early and mid-career mentoring programs to build and sustain meaningful partnerships between university and external stakeholders. Andrew has also served in executive positions in the government sector, including Director of the South Australian Museum (2013-2014), and Head of Science within the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resoruces (2006-2012).
Andrew is experienced in commercializing research, and is Chief Scientific Office of Double Helix Tracking Technologies, a Bioknowledge start-up headquartered in Singapore that uses DNA tools to identify and help eliminate illegally logged timber from global supply chains. He has also served on a broad range of national and international boards and committees, including The UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime expert working group on timber tracking, the Atlas of Living Australia (an NCRIS program), and has headed up and participated in international meeting delegations; e.g. leading the Universities delegation at the recent COP22 meeting in Marrakech, and working with the then Chief Scientist Ian Chubb and departmental officials to negotiate Australian partnership priorities for the EU funding program Horizon 2020.
Andrew has had a very successful academic career. He was made full professor in 2006, nine years after gaining his PhD in Plant Evolutionary Biology (1997) from the University of St Andrews, UK. He has been Director of the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity at the University of Adelaide (2009- 2013), involving over 100 staff and postgraduate students and contributing to the ERA 5 score in Evolutionary Biology awarded to the University while he was director.
He has also lead a number of Regional and National research programs, including the $100M Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) as Associate Science Director.
At the University, Prof Lowe leads a group of 30 scientists, has been awarded over $40M of grant funding and leveraged over $120M of further support, and has published nearly 250 scientific papers, books and book chapters. He has over 10,000 citations for his work and an h index of 48.
He has supervised, mentored and trained 71 scientific, technical and postdoctoral staff, and graduated 31 PhD, 5 MSc and 12 Honours students. He has collaborated with over 300 researchers (joint publications, funded projects or student supervision), from 100 institutes in 30 countries, and is passionate about communicating science and knowledge to a general audience.
- My Research
- Grants and Funding
- Professional Activities
My main research focus is in plant ecological and evolutionary genetics
Gene flow and adaptation in fragmented landscapes
Even when individuals of a species survive in remnant habitat, small population sizes make them more susceptible to extinction (Lowe et al 2005). In addition changes to gene flow dynamics can have detrimental impacts to the fitness of the new generation. Research in my lab has demonstrated this effect for plants (Breed et al 2013a; Ward et al 2005) and animals (Pavlacky et al 2012; 2010), and in Australian (Breed 2012a, b; Breed et al 2011), European (Bacles et al 2006, 2005) and tropical systems (Davies et al 2013; Breed 2012c; Davies et al 2010). Current work is focusing on integrating landscape genetic and adaptation genomics into restoration management and policy frameworks. By quantifying landscape level gene flow and assessing the strength of local adaptation, new principles for corridor and restoration planning have been developed (Broadhurst et al 2008, Sgro et al 2010; Navarro et al 2010, 2011; Breed et al 2013). At a national level, Greening Australia, Trees for Life, the Forestry Commission (UK) and English Nature have all reassessed their seed sourcing strategies based on this information.
Genetic structure and DNA timber tracking
Examining the genetic structure across the range of plants and trees gives us important insight into the historical demographic dynamics (migration, adaptation or extinction). My group has examined the historical range dynamics of a range of plants (Mellick et al 2011; Navarro et al 2005; Cavers et al 2005; 2003a), across Australia (Mellick et al 2012; McCallum et al 2013), Europe (Cotrell et al 2002; Petit et al 2002), the Neotropics (Cavers et al 2013; 2004; 2003b; Lemes et al 2010), China (Wang et al 2009; Kang et al 2007) and Africa (Hardy et al 2013; Lowe et al 2010). Using such knowledge, particularly for valuable timber species (e.g. Cavers et al 2003; Lemes et al 2010), we have been developing specific markers to aid the tracking and identification of material from unknown or dubious sources (Lowe et al 2010; Lowe & Cross 2011; Dormontt et al 2015), and work with forest certification companies and NGOs (e.g. WWF and FSC) and a private company in Singapore (DoubleHelix)to identify the species and source of origin of timber to eliminate illegally logged products in supply chains.
Adaptation to climate change
Climate change is forcing a change in the adaptation of species and biological communities. We have examined the rate of change in species communities along environmental gradients (temperature and rainfall; Guerin et al 2013), and demonstrated that lowland semi-arid and upland heath ecosystems of South Australia appear to be relatively stable to temperature increases, but that the slope vegetation are expected to be very sensitive to future temperature change. Many endemic families of plants are predicted to be very sensitive to the future changes (e.g., Ericaceae, Proteaceae, Myrtaceae and Orchidaceae), whilst major weeds (e.g. Poaceae and Asteraceae) appear much more resilient (Guerin et al 2013). Our research was also the first to demonstrate an adaptive shift in plant morphology linked to climate change when a narrowing of leaf width was identified over a 20-year period for the hop bush in South Australia (Guerin et al 2012; Guerin and Lowe 2012).
Ecological and evolutionary genomics
During this recent period of genomics revolution, my lab has been rapidly developing genomic methods for ecological and evolutionary applications (e.g. Prentis et al 2008; 2010; Gardner et al 2011; Scoble et al 2012; Wei et al 2012; Roda et al 2013), and is part of the Regional Facility for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, which houses state-of-the-art laboratories for sequencing technologies applied to ecological and evolutionary problems. Within the last year, the Facility has been significantly expanded to cater for large Next Generation Sequencing and DNA barcoding projects.
A continuing debate in the Australasian region and globally has been the role of long distance dispersal in speciation and adaptive radiations on new and ancient (Gondwanan) landmasses. My group found that the New Zealand kauri is a relatively recent arrival (30MY) that dispersed to this Gondawanan fragment after the Oligocene marine inundation (Biffin et al 2009), and that many southern confer groups evolved well after the KT boundary (when dinosaurs went extinct), meaning they evolved contemporaneously with flowering plants and mammals (Biffin et al 2011).
I studied the evolution of Britain’s newest plant species, discovered only 30 years ago, and described it as a new species, Senecio eboracensis (Lowe and Abbott, 2003). The origin of a new species within our time and its adaptation to man-made habitats (car parks; Lowe & Abbott 2004, Abbott & Lowe 2004) captured the scientific community and public imagination alike. In addition to scientific articles, press releases resulted in international media coverage (e.g. front page of The Times). The story also caused raging debate in creationist vs. evolution online forums, and a young British artist, Nich Relph, was inspired to produce an installation at the Finnish National Gallery on hearing the story.
Date Position Institution name 2022 - ongoing Interim Director, Environment Institute University of Adelaide 2021 - 2023 Director NCRIS Strategy University of Adelaide 2017 - 2020 Director of Agrifood and Wine University of Adelaide 2016 - ongoing Deputy Dean - Partnerships and Collaboration University of Adelaide 2014 - 2016 Director of Conservation Science and Technology University of Adelaide 2014 - 2016 Principal Advisor: Biodiversity Research Partnerships South Australian Government 2013 - 2016 Lecturer University of Queensland 2013 - 2013 Acting Director South Australian Museum 2010 - ongoing Chief Scientific Officer DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies 2009 - 2013 Director of the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity University of Adelaide 2006 - 2013 Head of Science South Australian Government 1998 - 2003 Principal and Senior Scientist Centre for Ecology and Hydrology 1998 - 1998 Postdoctoral Researcher BBSRC 1996 - 1997 Postdoctoral Researcher Institute of Terrestrial Ecology 1996 - 1996 International Consultant International Livestock Research Institute 1991 - 1992 Field Science Officer Society for Environmental Exploration
Language Competency Spanish - Latin American Can read and understand spoken
Date Institution name Country Title 1992 - 1996 University of St Andrews UK PhD 1987 - 1991 University of Bath United Kingdom Bsc (Hons) in Applied Biology
Year Citation 2014 Tokmakoff, A., Sparrow, B., Turner, D., & Lowe, A. (2014). AusPlots Rangelands Field Data Collection and Publication: Infrastructure for Ecological Monitoring. In e-Science (e-Science), 2014 IEEE 10th International Conference on Vol. 1 (pp. 249-255). Guaruja, BRAZIL: IEEE.
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2008 Lowe, A. (2008). Can we use DNA to identify the geographic origin of tropical timber?. In B. Degen (Ed.), PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP FINGERPRINTING METHODS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF TIMBER ORIGINS Vol. 321 (pp. 15-19). Bonn, GERMANY: JOHANN HEINRICH VON THUNEN INST.
2008 Lowe, A. (2008). Testing for rapid genetic adaption in fireweed. In Proceedings of the National Fireweed Conference (pp. 1-2). Australia: Bega Valley Fireweed Association. 2004 Lowe, A. (2004). Why use spatially explicit and direct gene flow approaches in conservation gentics?. In Proceedings of a Conservation Genetics workshop held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 27 November 2001 - English Nature Research Reports, No. 607 (pp. 28-29). United Kingdom: English Nature.
Year Citation 2018 Guerin, G. R., O'Connor, P., Sparrow, B., Lowe, A. J., & Rogers, D. (2018). An ecological climate change classification for South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of South Australian NRM Science Conference. The University of Adelaide. 2018 Martín-Forés, I., Acosta-Gallo, B., Guerin, G. R., Lowe, A., Castro, I., de Miguel, J. M., & Casado, M. A. (2018). Defying a traditional assumption: Non-native plants species seem to have positive effects on native biodiversity in grasslands located in several Mediterranean-climate regions. Poster session presented at the meeting of Neobiota. 10th International Conference on Biological Invasions: New directions in invasion biology. Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland.. 2017 Caddy-Retalic, S., Hoffmann, B., Guerin, G. R., Andersen, A., Wardle, G., McInerney, F., & Lowe, A. (2017). The potential decoupling of plant and ant communities with climate change. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, USA. 2017 Mills, J. G., Weinstein., Gellie., Weyrich., Lowe., & Breed. (2017). Restoration of urban green spaces rewilds the environmental microbiome with associated shifts in the human microbiome.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Society for Ecological Restoration. Foz do Iguacu, Brazil. 2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Alternative provenancing strategies, theory and empirical evidence. Poster session presented at the meeting of Using non-local plants for restoration – fallacy or fundamental?. Iguassu, Brazil. 2017 Lowe, A. J., Gellie, N., Mills, J., & Breed, M. F. (2017). Future challenges in restoration plantings, and their potential solutions. Poster session presented at the meeting of Using non-local plants for restoration – fallacy or fundamental?. Iguassu, Brazil. 2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., Mills J., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Poster session presented at the meeting of Harnessing new genetic approaches to improve restoration success. Shenzhen, China. 2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for resilient landscape restoration. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ. 2016 Mills, J., Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). Revegetation rewilds the bacterial microbiome of an old field. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ. 2016 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ. 2016 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Holistic conservation. Melbourne, Aus. 2016 Guerin, G. R., Biffin, E., Baruch, Z., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Centres of plant biodiversity in South Australia. Poster session presented at the meeting of NRM Science Conference. The University of Adelaide. 2016 Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., Christmas, M., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Projected climate change implications for the South Australian flora. Poster session presented at the meeting of 'Botany 2016 – Past, Present and Future' Symposium. South Australian NRM Science Conference.. The University of Adelaide. 2016 Lowe, A. J., Breed, M., Gellie, N., Guerin, G. R., Mills, J., & Christmas, M. (2016). Restoring South Australia's native vegetation. Poster session presented at the meeting of ''Botany 2016 – Past, Present and Future' Symposium. South Australian NRM Science Conference.. The University of Adelaide. 2016 Guerin, G. R., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Mapping endemism in the South Australian flora from species occurrence datasets using range-weighted, phylogenetic and categorical metrics.. Poster session presented at the meeting of Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium. Keiran McNamara Conservation Science Centre, Perth. 2015 Gellie, N., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). That big tree’s not from around here – provenance decision –making during uncertain times. Poster session presented at the meeting of Synthesising restoration outcomes in agricultural and mined landscapes. Adelaide, Aus. 2015 Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). Seed quality shifts and managing plant genetic resources in fragmented landscapes. Poster session presented at the meeting of Restoration genetics. Manchester, UK. 2015 Gellie, N., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for cost-effective and resilient landscape restoration. Poster session presented at the meeting of Restoration resilience. Manchester, UK. 2015 Christmas, M., Breed, M., Biffin, E., & Lowe, A. (2015). Signatures of selection across the landscape: Using genomic tools to inform restoration and conservation practice. Poster session presented at the meeting of Future direction for conservation. Manchester, UK. 2015 Lowe, A. J., Guerin, G. R., caddy-retalic., & Christmas. (2015). Species and gene turnover along environmental gradients - windows into the future. Poster session presented at the meeting of Interconnectedness. Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2015. The Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. 2015 Baruch, Z., Guerin, G. R., Leitch, E., Tokmakoff, A., Caddy-Retalic, S., Sparrow, B., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Continental analysis of Australian rangeland vegetation: floristic and structural diversity. Poster session presented at the meeting of Interconnectedness. Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2015. The Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. 2015 Guerin, G. R., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Identifying centres of range-extent endemism using plot-based datasets. Poster session presented at the meeting of Interconnectedness. Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference 2015. The Hilton Hotel, Adelaide. 2015 Jardine, D. I., Dormontt, E. E., Gerlach, J., van dijk, J. K., Degen, B., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Genographic mapping of an African tropical Hardwood - application to DNA tracking. Poster session presented at the meeting of World Forestry Congress. Durban, South Africa. 2014 Baruch, Z., Leitch, E., Sparrow, B., Guerin, G. R., Tokmakoff, A., & Lowe, A. (2014). AusPlots Rangelands vegetation communities: First insight on their relationship with the environmental matrix. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecological Society of Australia 2014 Annual Conference. Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs. 2013 Lowe, A. J., Caddy-Retalic, S., Guerin, G. R., Andersen, A., Rossetto, M., van Leeuwen, S., & Sweeney, S. (2013). TREND and the Australian Transect Network: windows to our future environment. Poster session presented at the meeting of TREND Human Dimensions Symposium. Adelaide, SA. 2013 Soisup, N., Lowe, A. J., & Gurgel, C. F. (2013). Unveiling Lobophora (dictyotales, phaeophyceae) species diversity in Australia based on RBCL and COX1 DNA sequence analyses. Poster session presented at the meeting of Abstracts of papers to be presented at the 10th International Phycological Congress Orlando, Florida, USA 4-10 August 2013, as published in Phycologia. Orlando, Florida: International Phycological Society.
2012 Keith, D., Lindenmayer, D., Lowe, A., Russell-Smith, J., Enright, N., Fox, B., . . . Yates, C. (2012). Long-term studies: detecting and understanding trends in biodiversity. Poster session presented at the meeting of Ecological Society of Australia, 2012 Annual Conference, Ecology: Fundamental Science of the Biosphere. the Sebel Albert Park, Melbourne.
Report for External Bodies
Year Citation 2019 Regan, C., Summers, D. M., Connor, J., O'Connor, P. J., Lowe, A., & Cavagnaro, T. R. (2019). Assessing South Australian carbon offset supply and policy for co-beneficial offsets: Pollination service supply in lucerne seed production. Goyder Institute for Water Research Technical Report Series No. 19/07. 2019 Guerin, G. R., Sparrow, B., & Lowe, A. (2019). Habitat suitability and distribution of Olearia pannosa subsp. pannosa under climate change. 2015 Guerin, G. R., Sweeney, S. M., Pisanu, P., Caddy-Retalic, S., & Lowe, A. J. (2015). Establishment of an ecosystem transect to address climate change policy questions for natural resource management.
Year Citation 2015 Lowe, A. J., Jardine, D. I., Cross, H., Degen, B., Schindler, L., & Holtken, A. M. (2015). WO/2015/070279A1, A Method of Extracting Plant Nucleic Acids from Lignified Plant Tissue. Australia.
Year Citation 2014 Lowe, A. J., & Caddy-Retalic. (2014). Will the climate debate end up being fought in court?. The Conversation. 2012 lowe., & Caddy-retalic. (2012). Genetically linked, a continent apart: the rise of DNA barcoding. The Conversation. 2012 Caddy-Retalic, S., Caddy-Retalic, S., & Lowe, A. J. (2012). DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species. The Conversation.
Year Citation 2020 Mills, J. G., Bissett, A., Gellie, N., Lowe, A., Selway, C., Thomas, T., . . . Breed, M. (2020). Revegetation of urban green space rewilds soil microbiotas with implications for human health and urban design. 2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J. G., Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 2: Soil chemistry.
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 1: OTU raw data matrix.
2016 Gellie, N. J. C., Breed, M. F., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A., & Lowe, A. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 1; survival.
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 2 growth.
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 1: Latitude.
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. T., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 2: Elevation.
2016 Guerin, G., Sparrow, B., Tokmakoff, A., Smyth, A., Leitch, E., Baruch, Z., & Lowe, A. (2016). Ausplots Rangelands supplementary dataset (Guerin et al. 2016), Version 1.0..
Yan, D., Gellie, N., Mills, J., Connell, G., Bissett, A., Lowe, A., & Breed, M. (n.d.). Archaea restoration raw OTU data.
Large collaborative or international funding
Lowe AJ, Hogendoorn K, Breed M, Wilkinson M, Paton D, Weinstein P, Keller M, Austin A (2016-2018) Pollination reserves - Developing pollination services for native pollinators and managed honey bees from habitat restoration/ supplementation around pollinator dependent crops. (Dept Ag Rural R&D for Profit Fund, DEWNR, PIRSA, Native Vegetation Council, HIA, RIRDC, Lucerne Australia, Apple and Pear Growers of SA, Almond Board of Australia, NRM Boards, $4.5M)
Clancy T, Lowe AJ, Phinn S, Saunders M, Thurgate N, Walker C, Sparrow B, Caddy-Retalic S. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network. Dept Education. (NCRIS 2015/16 $1.6M)
Lowe AJ, Thomas D (2015) Developing a DNA chain of custody method to verify legally sourced teak in Indonesia and Myanmar (ACIAR - Small Research Activity, FST/2015/007, $110K)
Degen B, Lowe AJ, Dormontt E, Cavers S et al. (2015-2017) Large scale project on genetic timber verification (German Federal Government – total project budget €5M, $330K to my lab)
Lowe AJ, Degen B, Rimawanto A, Grant A (2014-2015) Implementing a DNA timber tracking system in Indonesia. International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO-TFLET, $650K)
Thomas D, Lowe AJ, Dormontt E (2013-2015) Big Leaf Maple DNA Project - Original and Extension. (DoubleHelix and World Resources Institute, 1052-WRI-PP-006, $150K)
Lowe AJ, Rimbawanto A (2014-2015) Proof on concept: verification of chain of custody of teak in Indonesia and Myanmar using DNA markers (ACIAR - Small research and development activity, FST/2014/028, $60K)
Thomas D, Lowe AJ, Dormontt E (2013-2015) Pilot Implementation of a DNA traceability system for Pericopsis elata in forest concessions and sawmills in Cameroon and Congo. (DoubleHelix and International Tropical Timber Organisation – CITES, $350K)
Lowe AJ, Austin A, Cooper S, Crayn D, Nevill P, Appleyard S (2014-2015) Framework DNA barcode datasets for Australia. BioPlatforms Australia (BPA, $500k; total leverage $2.4M)
Clancy T, Phinn, Lowe AJ, Saunders M, Thurgate N, Walker C, Sparrow B, Caddy-Retalic S. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network. Dept Education. (NCRIS 2013 $1.6M)
Clancy T, Phinn, Lowe AJ, Deed J (2013-2014) Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network. DIISRTE Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme (CRIS, $2.8M)
Lowe AJ, Walker C, Chinnick P, Turner D (2012-2014) Harmonisation and Retrieval of Ecological Data – SHaRED. National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources Project, RT020 (NeCTAR, $900K)
Lowe AJ, Walker C, Chinnick P, Turner D (2012-2014) From soils to satellites: Data integration across domains. Australian National Data Service (ANDS, $500K)
Degen B, Koch G, Hardy O, Lowe A, Doucet J-L, Höltken A, Cavers S, Boner M, Kelly S, Horacek M, Yéné Yéné G, Zahnen J, Opuni Frimpong E, Ngomanda A, Odee D (2012-1016) Development and implementation of a species identification and timber tracking system in Africa with DNA fingerprints and stable isotopes. International Tropical Timber Organisation (ITTO, US$ 1.7M)
Lowe AJ, Lindenmayer D, Liddell M (2011-2014) Long-term Australian Multi-scale Plot System (LAMPS), incorporating Ausplots, LTERs and Supersites. Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), EIF-DIISR ($12M)
Lowe AJ, Hayman P, Bradshaw CJ, Brook B, Cooper A, Gurgel F, Ophel-Keller K, Tanner J, Foulkes J, Hamden R (2010-2013) Transect for Environmental monitoring and Decision making (TREND): Adaptive management of productive and native systems for climate change. Premier’s Science and Research Fund (PSRF $1.35M)
Lowe AJ, Foulkes J et al (2010-2012) National Scientific Reference Site Network – Australian Rangeland Ecosystems. Component of South Australian consortium application (coordinators Meyer W and Lowe AJ) for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). NCRIS-DEST ($3M)
Lowe AJ, Pillman S, Coddington P, Jenkins C et al (2010-2012) Eco-informatics – integrating and visualizing ecosystems information. Component of South Australian consortium application (coordinators Meyer W and Lowe AJ) for Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN). NCRIS-DEST ($4.5M)
Williams, S, Hughes L, Stafford–Smith M, Possingham H, Hoffman A, Brook B, Lowe A, Pressey B, Williams D, Garnett S, Kitching R, Thomas C, Moritz C (2009-2013) Terrestrial Biodiversity - Adaptation Research Network - National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF $1.6 M)
Kremer A, Koelewijn HP, Berenyi M, Degen B, Vendramin GG, Boerjan W, Bradshaw R, Finkeldey R, Lenee P, Amaral W, Lowe A, Brandl R, Gugerli F, Paule L, Muller-Starck G, Alia R, Morgante M, Frascaria-Lacoste N, Bhalerao R, Burczyk J, Savolainen O, Taylor G, Matyas C, Lascoux M, Reineke A, (2006-2010) EVOLution of TREEs as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity, EVOLTREE. EU (€14.7 M). After grant awarded, withdrew participation due to move to Australia from Europe.
Lowe AJ, Boshier D, Kremer A, Degen B, Finegan B, Vendremin G, Gribel R, Margis R, Navarrete H, Dick C, Parolin P (2006-2010) Developing best practice for seed sourcing for planting and natural regeneration in the neotropics, SEEDSOURCE. EU (€2.6 M). After move to Adelaide, resigned coordinating role, but still maintain project partner status.
Lowe AJ, Finegan B, Kremer A, Degen B, Gribel R, Margis R, Gheysen G (2002-2005) Sustainable Management of Neo-Tropical Tree Genetic Resources: Combining molecular and modelling methods to understand the structure and dynamics of gene diversity, GENEO-TROPECO. EU (€1.2 M; £225K to my group).
Lowe AJ, Indira EP, Sudarsono, Volkaert H, Van Der Straeten D, Wellendorf H (2002-2004) Developing know-how for the improvement and sustainable management of teak genetic resources, TEAKDIV. EU (€1.25 M; £200K to my group).
Kremer A, Fineschi S, Buiteveld J, Goicoechea P, Cottrell J, Burg K, Lowe AJ, Jensen JS, Dreyer E, Lascoux M, Gugerli F, Bordács S, Koenig AO, Himmelreich R (2000-2004) Intra and interspecific gene flow in oaks as mechanisms promoting genetic diversity and adaptive potential, OAKFLOW. EU (€2.5 M; £200K to my group).
Nationally competitive funding
Lowe AJ, Linacre A, Dormontt E, Johnson R, Austin J, Waycott M, Donnellan S, Tobe S, Austin A, Stephen J, Wilson-Wilde, L (2016) Advanced DNA Identification and Forensics Facility. ARC LIEF LE160100154 ($250K)
Dormontt EE, Lowe AJ (2015-2016) Plywood metabarcoding for DNA timber tracking SA Gov Catalyst Grant ($30k)
Lowe AJ, Breed MF, Byrne M, Lascoux M, Stephen J, Vendramin GG. Understanding adaptation to improve conservation of Australian flora. ARC Discovery DP150103414 ($600k)
Breed M. Understanding adaptation of plants along environmental clines. ARC DECRA ($400k)
Austin A, Lowe AJ Donnellan SC, Cooper A, Gardner MG, Cooper SJ, Weinstein P, Beheregaray LB, Waycott M, Bull CM, Wilkinson MJ, Stevens MI, Mitchell JG, Watson-Haigh NS (2012) Next generation enhancement of the South Australian regional facility for molecular ecology and evolution. ARC LIEF LE130100065 ($370K). Partner/Collaborating Eligible Organisation(s)- The Flinders University of South Australia, South Australian Museum, University of South Australia, Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium of SA, Australian Wine Research Institute.
Lowe AJ, Degen B (2012-2014) Developing DNA tracking methods to identify illegally logged timber products from Africa. ARC Linkage LP120100648 ($273K)
Crayn D, Costion C, Bransgrove K, Schulte K, Abell-Davis S, Metcalfe D, Rossetto M, Lowe AJ (2012-2014) What is at risk? Identifying rainforest refugia and hotspots of plant genetic diversity in the Wet Tropics and Cape York Peninsula. National Environmental Research Program: Tropical Ecosystems Hub ($344K)
Lowe AJ, Rossetto M, Summerell B (2011-2014). Species and gene turnover across environmental gradients – a landscape approach to quantify biodiversity and resilience for climate adaptation. ARC Linkage, LP110100721 ($410K)
Lowe AJ, Brook B, Bradshaw C (2011-2014) Developing best-practice approaches for restoring forest ecosystems that are resilient to climate change. ARC Linkage, LP110200805 ($503)
Lowe AJ, Bradshaw C, van den Hengel A, Brook B, Cooper A (2011-2014) Multi-model predictions of ecosystem flux under climate change based on novel genetic and image analysis methods. ARC Super Science Fellowships, FS1102 00051 ($556K)
Breed M, Ottewell K, Lowe AJ (2010-2012) Developing best practice approaches for restoring River Murray forest ecosystems that are resilient to climate change. Native Vegetation Research Grant ($45K)
Lowe AJ, Keppel G (2007-2009) Genetic dynamics of lowland rainforest trees on islands in the tropical Southwest Pacific. Australian and Pacific Science Foundation ($24.5K).
Richardson DM, Wilson JR, Lowe AJ, Hedderson TAJ, Hoffman JH, Sheppard AW, Witt ABR, Foxcroft LC (2007-2010) Research for integrated management of invasive alien species; Using genetic techniques to improve understanding and management of invasive alien plant species in South Africa. Working for Water Programme, South African Government (South African R 1.4 M ~ $200K).
Paton D, Lowe AJ, Hill R (2007-2010) Habitat reconstruction and restoration: securing biodiversity assets in the face of climate change. Working group within ARC Environmental Futures Network ($57K)
Lowe AJ, Clarke AR, Schenk PM, Rieseberg LH, Abbott RJ (2006-2009) Why do some exotics become invasive? Using ecological and genomic approaches to test alternative hypotheses in an Australian weed, fireweed. ARC Discovery DP0664967 ($561K).
Lowe AJ, Rossetto M, Crayne D, Pole M, Lambert D, Hollingsworth P (2006-2009) Developing biogeographic know-how: Improving species divergence and dispersal estimations to examine geological and climatic evolutionary drivers. ARC Discovery DP0665859 ($282K).
Morgan-Richards M, Robertson A, Lowe A (Nov 2005) Does gene flow limit species’ ranges? Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant ($30K).
Shapcott A, Accad A, Lowe AJ, Mengersen KL, Williams KJ, Hardner CM, Westcott D, Austin MP (May 2005) Macadamia National Macadamia Conservation. ARC Linkage LP0562265 ($72.5K).
Bacles C, Lowe AJ, Kremer A (2005-2007) Ecological Genomics of Sub-tropical Eucalypt Woodlands: Comparing the Structure and Dynamics of Neutral and Adaptive Genes across a Sharp Environmental Cline in Queensland Eucalyptus. ADaPtE. EU Marie Currie Outgoing Fellowship (€300K).
Muir G, Lowe AJ, Schlötterer C, Kremer A, (2001-2003) Identification and characterisation of genomic regions differentiating two hybridising oaks (Quercus robur L. and Q. petraea (Matt.) Liebl). Austrian Science Fund, FWF (0.74M Austrian Shillings).
Government agency, Non-government agency, research centre or commercial contracts
Lowe AJ (2011) Study on the Genetic Differentiation of Remnant Populations of Atriplex sp. Yeelirrie Station. BHP Billiton ($160K)
Breed M, Lowe AJ, Gardner M, Ottewell K (2010) Developing best practice approaches for restoring Murray-Darling ecosystems that are resilient to climate change. Field Naturalists Society of South Australia, Lirabenda Endowment Fund ($3K)
Thomas D, Chew FT, Lowe AJ (2009-2011) DNA VerifiedTM Timber Origin. Proof of Concept stage, Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme, Singaporean Government (SING$250K)
Lowe AJ (2009-2010) DNA barcoding of Australia’s trees. Australian Biological Resources Study, DEWHA, Australian Government ($80K)
Lowe AJ, Bickerton D (2007-2009) Genetic delimitation and health assessment of threatened flora. Department for Environment and Heritage SA ($100K)
I teach into the third year Biological Sciences courses on 'Restoration and Conservation' and 'Australian Biota', and offer a range of intern training programs in my lab
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2022 Principal Supervisor Landscape Regeneration across Mount Lofty Ranges. To develop a landscape plan for the regeneration and protection of functional ecosystems across the Mount Lofty Ranges using existing datasets, modelling tools and restoration sites. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Janet Rachel Klein 2022 Principal Supervisor Conserving orchids in a changing climate Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Samantha Lee Bywaters 2021 Co-Supervisor Sustainable Agriculture at Scale: biotechnology, carbon sequestration and nature capital Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Alexander Robert George Mason 2019 Principal Supervisor Developing a DNA Timber Tracking System for South East Asian Timber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Melita Caroline Low 2017 Co-Supervisor Stable isotope approaches for provenancing and authentication of agricultural products and timber Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Ellyse Bunney
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Restoring Urban and Human Microbiotas Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jacob Geoffrey Mills 2017 - 2021 Co-Supervisor Seed sourcing in the genomics era Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Colette Blyth 2015 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Development and Application of Genetic Timber Tracking Tools to Help Control Illegal Logging Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Duncan Iain Jardine 2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Quantifying Responses of Ecological Communities to Bioclimatic Gradients Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Stefan Caddy-Retalic 2014 - 2018 Co-Supervisor Clumped planting arrangements can improve the ecological function of revegetated eucalypt woodlands Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Kimberly McCallum 2013 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Best Practice Restoration: Building The Evidence-Base for Restoring Eucalypt Woodlands of Southern Australia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Nick Gellie 2013 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Biogeography of Australian chenopods: landscape in the evolution of an arid flora Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Thomas McDonald 2012 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Assessing genomic variation in the hopbush, Dodonaea viscosa, to investigate micro-evolution and adaptation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Matthew Christmas 2010 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Taxonomy of the Green Macroalgal Genus Caulpera: A Framework for the Application of Old Species Names in DNA-Based Taxonomies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Gareth Smith Belton 2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Delimitation, diversification and adaptation in Lachnagrostis Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Austin James Brown 2009 - 2015 Principal Supervisor New approaches to explore the past and present diversity of Australian sandalwood species -- from palaeobotany to next generation sequencing. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Patricia Fuentes-Cross 2009 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Molecular Systematics of Selected Australian Brown Algae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nuttanun Soisup 2009 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Restoration Genetics of Murray Mallee and Neotropical Forests Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Martin Breed 2008 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Tracking Phenological Shifts and Evolutionary Impacts Related to Climate Change Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Phyllis MacGillivray 2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Plant Biodiversity Science, Discovery, and Conservation:
Case Studies from Australasia and the Pacific
Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Craig Mitchell Costion 2008 - 2012 Principal Supervisor No Place to go and Nowhere to be? Characterising Demography of the Southern Scrub Robin (Drymodes Brunneopygia) Using Molecular and Modelling Tools for Conservation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Jolene Scoble 2007 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Invasive Fireweed in Australia: Exploring the Invasion Dynamics of Senecio madagascariensis using Population Genetics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Eleanor Dormontt 2007 - 2012 Principal Supervisor Quaternary Climate Change and Podocarpus elatus Podocarpaceae Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Rohan Mellick
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Ground Observers: Surface estimations and sampling errors The University of Adelaide MSc Master Part Time Matthew Pearson 2016 - 2016 Co-Supervisor Conservation of sandalwood (genetics, biogeography and population modelling) The University of Adelaide BSc (Hons) Honours Full Time Marlee Crawford 2011 - 2011 Co-Supervisor Conservation recommendations for Callistemon teretifolius based on genetic analysis and bioclimatic distribution modelling The University of Adelaide BSc (Hons) Honours Full Time Kimberly McCallum
Date Role Board name Institution name Country 2009 - ongoing Member Atlas of Living Australia
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2014 - ongoing Member UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) 2012 - ongoing Co-Founder Global Timber Tracking Network 2012 - ongoing Member International Global Genome Biodiversity Network 2009 - ongoing Member International Barcode of Life 2008 - 2013 Member Terrestrial Biodiversity Node of the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility 2007 - ongoing Chair Australian Barcode of Life Network 2003 - 2011 Advisory Board Member International Union of Forest Research Organisations
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2007 - ongoing Board Member Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography 2006 - ongoing Board Member Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 2004 - ongoing Board Member Silvae Genetica: Zeitschrift fuer Forstgenetik und Forstpflanzenzuechtung
Date Engagement Type Partner Name 2014 - 2014 Consultant New Zealand Natural Heritage
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