In the Media

‘Islands in the sky used as Noah’s ark for threatened plants’ New Scientist, Daily News 9th November 2016

Breed MJ, Lowe AJ, Gellie N, Mortimer P. ‘We’re kidding ourselves if we think we can ‘reset’ Earth’s damaged ecosystems’ The Conversation. 26th May 2016.

‘Citizen scientists’ Channel 10, Scope, season 3, episode 102. May 2016

‘Scientists can now track stolen timber using DNA profiling’ SBS Science News. 18th May 2016.

Guerin G and Lowe AJ (2016) Plant biodiversity and key threats mapped for South Australia

Guerin G and Lowe AJ (2016) Plant biodiversity and key threats mapped for South Australia

Christmas MJ, Breed MF, and Lowe AJ (2015) Coping under climate change: a plant’s perspective

Lowe AJ (2015) Explainer: the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS), 17th March 2015.

‘Engaging hearts and mind to reverse the biodiversity crisis’ Royal Institution Australia (RIAus) and Science in the Pub, 6th Feb 2015, article ( and presentation

‘Restoring the Mt Lofty Ranges’ with Simon Royal, 7:30 Report SA ABC News & Current Affairs. 17th Oct 2014.

Lowe AJ, Caddy-Retalic S (2014) Will the climate debate end up being fought in court? The Conversation, 4th July 2014.

‘Bushfire-hit farmer Brenton Newman sees environmental hope by de-stocking his Sanderston property to help it regenerate’ with Simon Royal 7:30 Report SA ABC News & Current Affairs. 19th Feb 2014.

Extended interview: Prof Andy Lowe on bush regeneration after bushfire, with Simon Royal 7.30 SA ABC News & Current Affairs. 19th Feb 2014.

Thomas D, Lowe AJ (2013) Nature’s barcode: the simplest way to track wood: DNA fingerprinting becomes a viable option for verifying existing wood-tracking systems. ITTO Tropical Forests Update. 22/1: 16-19.

Delivered opening address for ‘How can scientific knowledge shape policy?’ Public discussion hosted by the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis and ABC Online and held at Questacon, Canberra 20th Feb 2013. Speakers/panelists included Lord Robert May, Subho Banerjee, Leslie Hughes, Nicholas Rowley, Andrew Campbell, David Schimel and Sara Phillips (ABC).

Lowe AJ, Cross H (2012) DNA based methods leave illegal loggers with no place to hide. The Conversation 12th November.

Christmas M, Lowe AJ (2012) In defence of the humble ant, champion of biodiversity. The Conversation 6th November.

‘Seeing the wood for the trees: Genetic testing of wood can curb illegal logging’ The Economist. 22nd September 2012

Costion C, Lowe AJ (2012) Silent declines: recognising unlisted ‘endangered’ species. The Conversation 11th July.

Lowe AJ, Caddy-Retalic S (2012) Genetically linked, a continent apart: the rise of DNA barcoding. The Conversation 31st May.

Lowe AJ (2012) Life Strikes Back. InDaily, 15th May.

Caddy-Retalic S, Lowe AJ (2012) DNA barcoding: a better way to discover species. The Conversation 5th March.

Lowe AJ (2012) Life Strikes Back: How the explosion of knowledge in genomics is enhancing our ability to conserve species. Research Tuesday Public Lecture, University of Adelaide, May. Invited presentation

‘DNA tests tell trees from the wood; curb illegal logging’ Reuters. 20th August 2012 (text). Reuters story resulted in >100 additional stories covered across the globe in online, newspaper and radio format, including: Jakarta Globe, Daily Herald,, Yahoo! News UK and Ireland, The Star Malaysia, Yahoo! News Canada

‘How DNA testing could fell the illegal timber trade‘ Reuters TV. 15th August 2012

‘Climate change is shrinking Australian plant leaves’ New Scientist. 4th July 2012.

‘Climate causes leaves to narrow’ BBC online. 4th July 2012

‘Climate change linked to shrinking leaves’ Nature. 4th July 2012

‘Climate change linked to narrowing leaves’ The Conversation. 4th July 2012

‘Sick Trees; What’s causing trees to get sick in the Adelaide Hills?’ ABC 7:30 Report, Simon Royal, 11th May 2012

‘New timber tracking tools to bolster global fight against illegal logging’ Forest News – Centre for International Forest Research, May 2012.

‘Pollen Can Protect Mahogany from Extinction’ ScienceDaily, 3rd April 2012

Migrant Ecologies: Innovative Southeast Asian science-art collaboration, lead by Lucy Davis, Singapore University, Feb 2012.

Opening addresses at International DNA barcoding Conference, South Australian Museum, 2nd Dec 2011. ‘DNA barcoding – Adelaide conference’ – Media reports of the conference reached 34 countries in 15 languages, with coverage by major wire services in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia; over 307 online publications, and many radio and television interviews.

‘Doctor Who’s world just a step away’, Adelaide Advertiser, 1st December 2011, Clare Peddie,

Lowe AJ (2011) DNA barcoding for biodiversity, TEDx Adelaide, Science Exchange, Adelaide, Nov. Invited presentation

‘DNA Barcoding: from fish to furniture’, ABC Online, 30th November 2011, article by Michael Collett,

‘Seaweed Hotspots, Illegal Logging, and Discovering New Species Under the Desert’, NewsWise, 29th November 2011, Article by the University of Adelaide,

‘Truth in DNA barcoding’ Indaily 30th Nov 2011, article by Joan Atkinson

TREND launch, interview with Kate Blanchet – Earth Station, Oct 2011

‘DNA detectives aim to thwart illegal timber trade’ New Scientist, 28th Sept 2011

‘Tree fingerprinting helps track illegal logging’ Australian Geographic, by Jessica Campion, 12th July 2011

‘Forensic tree detection’ Indaily’s Blog, 1st July 2011

‘Using DNA in Fight Against Illegal Logging’ ScienceDaily, 30th June 2011

‘Using DNA in fight against illegal logging’ eScience News, 1st July 2011

‘Using DNA in fight against illegal logging’ Physorg, 30th June 2011

‘Using DNA in Fight Against Illegal Logging’ Bioscience Technology, 30th June 2011

‘Using DNA in fight against illegal logging’ Biology News Net, 30th June2011.

‘Using DNA in fight against illegal logging’ Global Green World, 1st July 2011

‘Using DNA In Fight Against Illegal Logging’ redOrbit, 30th June 2011.

‘DNA used as weapon against illegal logging’ UPI, 30th June 2011

‘Forensic tree detection’ InDaily, 1st July 2011, page 2

‘DNA tests put axe on illegal logging’ AdelaideNOW, 1st July 2011 by Claire Peddie

‘Climate research aims to boost forests’ 7pm TV News SA, Monday, June 20, 2011 by Kim Robertson. (relating to successful ARC linkage grant):

‘Modern Technologies for Paper Supply Chains’ Forest Legality Alliance website and promotion, by World Resources Institute (relating to Lowe and Cross 2011, publication):

‘Pine evolved to resist rise of flower power’ ABC Science (website), Wednesday, 8 June 2011 by Rachel Sullivan (relating to Biffin et al 2011, publication):

Andrew Lowe, ‘Trees for life, Extracting DNA from timber’, front cover and first article in Lumen, University of Adelaide alumnus magazine, Summer 2011 edition, Dec 2010.

Delivered closing address after speech by David Suzuki on his book ‘Legacy’, Sept 2010.

Member of panel (with Peter Cullen) on climate change and plants, interview on 5aa Radio Sunday morning Gardening Program, May, 2010

Interviewed in ‘Spiny rushweed threat’, ABC TV Stateline, 16th April 2010.

Interviewed in Science for Plant Barcode Soon to Become Reality, 31st July 2009, page 526.

Part of Stirring the Possum panel discussion on ‘An Endangered World – What’s happening to life as we know it?’ with Terry Irwin, Suzanne Miller and Allan Holmes. 4th June 2007.