Tim Lee

Tim Lee

Tim is now working at the Australian Museum, Sydney, and remains an affiliate of the MEEP lab. He completed his PhD in 2016 under the supervision of A/Prof. Nathan Lo and Prof. Simon Ho. His doctoral research examined the evolution of mound building among Australian termites in the genus Coptotermes, and the maintenance of unusual caste and sex ratios in the species Coptotermes lacteus and Schedorhinotermes intermedius. The project involved the use of phylogenetics, high-throughput sequencing, and microsatellite analysis.

Tim completed his undergraduate degree (B.Sc. (Adv) (Hons)) at the University of Sydney in 2011. His Honours research was on the terrestrial isopod species Spherillo grossus and its phylogeography on the Australian east coast, as well as its morphological variability and its relationship with the endosymbiotic bacterium Wolbachia pipientis. In this work, Tim was based in the MEEP lab but was also supervised Dr George 'Buz' Wilson from the Australian Museum.


Academic record

2016 Ph.D., University of Sydney
Thesis: Molecular phylogenetic, ecological, and evolutionary studies of Australian rhinotermitid termites
Supervisors: Nathan Lo & Simon Ho
2011 B.Sc. (Adv) (Hons), University of Sydney
Thesis: The phylogeography of the terrestrial isopod Spherillo grossus, with reference to biogeography, taxonomy and endosymbiosis
Supervisors: Nathan Lo, Simon Ho, & George 'Buz' Wilson


Lee TRC, Evans TA, Cameron SL, Ho SYW, Namyatova AA, & Lo N (in press) A review of the status of Coptotermes (Isoptera : Rhinotermitidae) species in Australia with the description of two new small termite species from Northern and Eastern Australia. Invertebrate Systematics.

Lee TRC, Evans TA, Cameron SL, Hochuli DF, Ho SYW, & Lo N (in press) Ecological diversification of the Australian Coptotermes termites and the evolution of mound building. Journal of Biogeography.

Chouvenc T, Li HF, Austin J, Bordereau C, Bourguignon T, Cameron SL, Cancello EM, Constantino R, Costa-Leonardo A, Eggleton P, Evans TA, Forschler B, Grace JK, Husseneder C, Krecek J, Lee CY, Lee T, Lo N, Messenger M, Mullins A, Robert A, Roisin Y, Scheffrahn RH, Sillam-Dusses D, Sobotnik J, Szalanski A, Takematsu Y, Vargo EL, Yamada A, Yoshimura T, & Su NY (2015) Revisiting Coptotermes (Isoptera: Rhinotermitidae): a global taxonomic road map for species validity and distribution of an economically important subterranean termite genus. Systematic Entomology, 41: 299–306.

Lee TRC, Cameron SL, Evans TA, Ho SYW, & Lo N (2015) The origins and radiation of Australian Coptotermes termites: From rainforest to desert dwellers. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 82: 234-244.

Lee TRC, Ho SYW, Wilson GDF, & Lo N (2014) Phylogeography and diversity of the terrestrial isopod Spherillo grossus (Oniscidea: Armadillidae) on the Australian East Coast. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 170: 297-309.

Maekawa K, Hayashi Y, Lee T, & Lo N (2013) Presoldier differentiation of Australian termite species induced by juvenile hormone analogues. Austral Entomology, 53: 138-143.

Ahyong ST, & Lee T (2006) Two new species of Pleistacantha Miers, 1879 from the Indo-West Pacific region (Crustacea, Decapoda, Majidae). Zootaxa, 1378: 1-17.

Ahyong ST, & Lee T (2005) Charybdis moretonensis Rees & Stephen 1966, a junior synonym of Charybdis granulata (de Haan, 1833) (Crustacea: Decapoda: Brachyura). Zootaxa, 1089: 57-63.

The slater Spherillo grossus
The slater Spherillo grossus
Phylogeny of Spherillo grossus mapped onto the east coast of Australia