Tim Lee

Tim Lee

I started my PhD in 2012 under the supervision of A/Prof Nathan Lo and A/Prof Simon Ho. I am investigating 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 using phylogenetics, next-generation sequencing, and microsatellite analysis.

I completed my undergraduate degree (B.Sc. (Adv) (Hons)) at the University of Sydney in 2011. My 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 I was supervised by Drs Lo and Ho, as well as by Dr George 'Buz' Wilson from the Australian Museum.


Academic record

Present Ph.D., University of Sydney
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, 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 evolution of mound building in the Australian Coptotermes termites
International Union for the Study of Social Insects: International Congress. Cairns, Australia. Jul 2014.

The evolution of mound-building behaviour in the Australian termite genus Coptotermes
Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution Conference. Chicago, USA. Jul 2013.

Phylogenetic analysis of the Australian termite Coptotermes (poster)
Genetics Society of Australasia Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Jul 2012.

Systematics and evolution of the terrestrial isopod species Spherillo grossus
Genetics Society of Australasia Conference. Melbourne, Australia. Jul 2011.

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