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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 […]

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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