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Breaking down the wall of: Biodiversi...

Breaking down the wall of: Biodiversity loss in cities

I few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to present at the Australian Falling Walls Lab at the Shine Dome in Canberra. The Falling Walls Labs began in Germany, with the idea that, like the Berlin Wall, there are challenges in our societies that we need to break down. It is basically an opportunity for […]

Native Verge Makeover

Native Verge Makeover

I’m so excited that native verges are gaining popularity in Perth. It’s such a perfect example of how unused spaces within urban areas can be used to increase biodiversity of the local area, and they look fantastic! My local council (the City of Stirling) recently had a plant giveaway for any residents wanting to convert […]

Visit to West Beechboro PS STEM club

Visit to West Beechboro PS STEM club

After my recent curation of the @realscientists twitter account, I was contacted by Rachael Lehr  who runs a Girls STEM club at West Beechboro Primary School. She asked me if I would be interested in coming along to their after school club to talk to the girls about being a scientist. These kind of initiatives encompass so […]

Urban insects study

Urban insects study

I am currently setting up a research project investigating the impact of native plants on insect diversity in urban areas around Perth. I am particularly interested in native verges and have had lots of help from the City of Stirling through their Living Green Grants Homes Scheme. We have lots of residents who have volunteered […]

Go native: why we need ‘wildlif...

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Lizzy Lowe, University of Auckland and Margaret Stanley, University of Auckland As urban populations around the globe skyrocket and the demand for housing grows, space is increasingly at a premium in cities. Unfortunately, despite some notable efforts to include green space in cities, native wildlife is not often a priority for urban planners, despite research […]

Insects and spiders at school

Insects and spiders at school

I was invited to Willowbank Primary school in Auckland to talk to the kids about insects and spiders. The classes were really enthusiastic and had some great questions. After my presentation we did a fun activity identifying insects in leaf litter. These are the laminated identification sheets that I gave out to each group, but I […]

The importance of community involveme...

The importance of community involvement in ecological projects – reflections from #ERA2016conf

This week, many of the members of our lab attended the joint conference between the New Zealand Ecological Society and the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia.I’ve attended many ecological conferences, but I’ve never experienced such a strong theme of community involvement. Importantly, many of the talks I attended expressed the need not just to do […]

Next chapter

Next chapter

After 6 months maternity leave, I’m very excited to be moving (with my new little family!) to New Zealand in October to take up a 6 month Endeavour postdoc fellowship at the University of Auckland. I’ll be working with Ecology Ngatahi Lab who are doing some really fantastic research in urban environments and surrounds in Auckland. I […]

DAAD Communications workshop

DAAD Communications workshop

Every year the DAAD (German academic exchange service) have a meeting for their RAMP mentorship program. I have been lucky enough to have been involved for the last three years. The first year as a prospective mentee and the second year giving a presentation about my successful mentor relationship. This year I was given the […]

Thank you!

Thank you!

I’ve finally handed in my PhD (just in time before bub arrives!) and what a wonderful 4 years it’s been. There are so many people I would like to thank, but I’ve posted the acknowledgements from my thesis here in order to give special mention to those who helped me along the way. Thesis Acknowledgements […]

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