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What’s living in your garden?

What’s living in your garden?

If you live in Sydney and want to find out what insects and spiders are living in your garden, you could be included in my next study!  If you are interested in being involved with future research please fill in this quick form.

The secret agents protecting our crop...

The secret agents protecting our crops and gardens

Lacewings are fantastic predators and are easy to rear and release. Dan Papacek & Tony Meredith (Bugs for Bugs), Author provided Lizzy Lowe, Macquarie University and Manu Saunders, University of New England Insect pests cause a huge amount of damage to crops globally. In Australia alone, pests are responsible for around A$360 million of crop […]

Five reasons not to spray the bugs in...

Five reasons not to spray the bugs in your garden this summer

play4smee/Flickr, CC BY-NC Lizzy Lowe, Macquarie University; Cameron Webb, University of Sydney, and Kate Umbers, Western Sydney University The weather is getting warmer, and gardens are coming alive with bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders. For some of us it is exciting to see these strange and wonderful creatures return. […]

Eight reasons not to be spooked by sp...

Eight reasons not to be spooked by spiders this Halloween

Spiders are a traditional part of a Halloween scare and for some people they have been a source of fear for years. But in reality, spiders deserve to instil a sense of amazement, not fear. Spiders have amazing survival strategies, beautiful colour displays, complex social interactions, and play important roles in our ecosystems. Here are […]

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...

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 […]

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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