Director of Food Innovation, University of Adelaide

Professor Andrew Lowe is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation, Chair of Plant Conservation Biology and Director of the Centre for Conservation Science and Technology at the University of Adelaide. He is also Principal Advisor:- Biodiversity Research Partnerships for the South Australian Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources.

In his position as Director Food Innovation Professor Lowe works closely with Food South Australia and the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA). These close relationships help develop partnerships with industry and government and act as the key interface with partners across the area of food innovation, and help maximise benefits to the community and the University of its world-class research and teaching capability in this area.

Andrew’s predominant research interest is ‘how do plants survive and adapt to anthropomorphized landscapes?’

He leads a group applying ecological and genomic analyses, to understand and develop management strategies for a range of landscapes; historical, contemporary and future; intact, fragmented and exploited.

Andrew is passionate about communicating science, particularly the threats and solutions to biodiversity pressures.

Check out his blog at https://biodiversityrevolution.wordpress.com
Lab group website: http://lowelabgroup.com.au
Conservation Science: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/environment/cst/
Lab group Hotmail: https://www.facebook.com/lowelabgroup
Hotmail: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009237819646
Uni profile: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/directory/andrew.lowe
Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com.au/citations?user=7f5oIgYAAAAJ&hl=en&authuser=2
Also on ResearchGate and LinkedIn

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Director of Food Innovation, University of Adelaide
  • 2010–present
    Chief Scientific Officer, DoubleHelix tracking Technologies
  • 2014–present
    Principal Advisor: Biodiversity Research Partnerships , Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australian Government
  • 2006–present
    Professor of Plant Conservation Biology, University of Adelaide
  • 2015–2016
    Director, Centre for Conservation Science and Technology
  • 2008–2016
    Associate Science Director, Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network
  • 2015–2016
    Deputy Dean - Partnerships and Collaboration, Faculty of Science, University of Adelaide
  • 2009–2014
    Director, the Environment Institute, University of Adelaide
  • 2009–2014
    Director, Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (ACEBB)
  • 2013–2014
    Acting Director, South Australian Museum
  • 2006–2012
    Head of Science , Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources, South Australian Government
  • 2008–2011
    Director, Scientific Reference Site Network and Ecoinformatics

Education

  • 1996 
    St Andrews University UK, PhD in Plant Evolutionary Genetics

Research Areas

  • Population, Ecological And Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Evolutionary Biology (0603)
  • Plant Biology (0607)
  • Plant Systematics And Taxonomy (060310)
  • Ecology (0602)