Lizzy Lowe

Lizzy Lowe

Position: PhD candidate

Mobile: 0413 871 179
Location: Room 408, Heydon-Laurence Building (A08),
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Website: Lizzy Lowe homepage

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.


  • Lowe, E.C., Hochuli, D.F., Schneider, J.M., and Wilder S.M. (Under review) Urbanization decreases boldness and increases behavioral plasticity in the European garden spider. Behavioral Ecology
  • Lowe, E.C., Wilder S.M, Hochuli D.F (2014) Urbanisation at Multiple Scales Is Associated with Larger Size and Higher Fecundity of an Orb-Weaving Spider. PLoS ONE 9(8): e105480. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0105480
  • Colas des Francs-Small, C., A. Falcon de Longevialle, Y. Li, E. Lowe, S. Tanz, C. Smith, M. Bevan and I. Small (2014) The PPR proteins TANG2 and OTP439 are involved in the splicing of the multipartite NAD5 transcript encoding a subunit of a mitochondrial complex I Plant Physiology DOI:10.1104/pp.114.244616
  • Lowe, E.C., Simmons, L.W., and Baer, B. (2011) Worker heterozygosity and immune response in feral and managed honeybees (Apis mellifera). Australian Journal of Zoology 59(2): 73-78. DOI:10.1071/ZO11041