Welcome to the home of the Lowe lab group


Based at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, members of the Lowe lab group are involved in a range of active research projects that aim to provide solutions to the global biodiversity crisis. Current projects include the development of genetic methods for the tracking of timber in order to curtail the practice of illegally logging timber from protected stands, investigating restoration best-practices to help re-establish resilient plant communities that deliver ecosystem services, as well as a number of landscape genomics-based projects investigating plant population demography and adaptation across the South Australian landscape and beyond.

We also have a blog, Biodiversity Revolution, and you can find us on FaceBook

The lab group is also affiliated with the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and their Ausplots website can be found here

DNA evidence used in US illegal-logging case

The Timber Tracking group have used genetic finger printing to demonstrate that maple sold to the guitar-manufacturing industry had been acquired from illegal sources, leading to guilty pleas by the four defendants to theft and environmental crimes under the Lacey Act. This story has received an abundance of media coverage:

University of Adelaide

The Advertiser

Forensic mag


Tech Times

Hardwood Floors

And one of the Lead Researchers on the project, Elly Dormontt, recently gave a radio interview on the ABC’s Science Show – listen here