Lizzy Lowe

Lizzy Lowe

Position: Doctoral candidate

Mobile: 0413 871 179
Location: Room 408, Heydon-Laurence Building (A08),
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Email:
Website: http://sydneyspiders.blogspot.com.au/


Current Research

"The effect of urbanization on the diversity, abundance and condition of spiders"
The continual expansion of urban areas is drastically altering ecological processes and interactions, making it critical to understand how urbanisation impacts native fauna. Spiders are widespread predators that utilise many different habitats and foraging strategies, making them ideal to study the effect of urbanisation on closely related groups with different niche requirements. I am studying the influence of urbanisation on the diversity and abundance of spider functional groups and investigating the effect of novel habitats on spider behaviour, condition and development. This research will provide insight into the adaption of spiders to novel ecosystems and the underlying mechanisms which drive arthropod diversity in urban landscapes.

Past Research

2013
Academic Exchange, Zoological Institute, University of Hamburg

2010
Academic Exchange, Institute of Integrative and Comparative Biology, University of Leeds

2010
Honours in Zoology at the University of Western Australia
Thesis Title: "Heterozygosity and immunity of feral and managed honey bees in Western Australia"
Supervised by: Prof. Boris Baer and Prof. Leigh Simmons

Publications

E. Lowe, L.W. Simmons and B. Baer (2011)
"Worker heterozygosity and immune response in feral and managed honeybees (Apis mellifera)."
Australian Journal of Zoology 59(2):73-78

Presentations

2013
"How to pick a winner: the effect of urbanisation on the abundance and life history of Nephila plumipes"
Entomological Society of Australia (Adelaide)

"The effect of urbanisation on the size and condition of Nephila plumipes"
International Arachnology Congress, Taiwan.

2012
"The effect of urbanisation on the size and condition of Nephila plumipes"
Conference of the Ecological society of Australia (Melbourne)

"The effect of urbanisation on the size and condition of Nephila plumipes"
Entomological Society of Australia (Hobart)

2011
"Genetic diversity and immunity in feral and managed honey bees in Western Australia"
Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum, Department of Agriculture and Food, W.A.

2010
"The factors affecting the immunity of Apis mellifera"
Honey bee diseases workshop Perth, W.A.

Awards

Year Academic Scholarships and Awards
2013 Student grant to attend the International Congress of Arachnology
2013 First prize for student presentation at the International Congress of Arachnology
2013 Student grant to attend the Australian Entomological Society Conference
2013 Highly commended presentation at the Entomological society of Australia conference
2012 Highly commended presentation at the Entomological society of Australia conference
2011 First prize for oral presentation and third place overall for the Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum

Media

2013
"Killing spiders risks an increase in other pests"
Article published in print and video interview at the Sydney Morning Herald

2012
"City dwelling spiders getting all warm and fuzzy - and bigger"
Article published in print at the Sydney morning Herald and The Age.

2012
Radio interview on ABC720 radio Perth, Eoin Cameron’s breakfast show.

2012
Radio interview on 3AW News radio Melbourne, Denis Walters afternoon show.