School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
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Subject Areas: Environment
Chris Lowe is a senior lecturer in ecology and environment and course leader for the BSc (Hons) in Environmental Science. He has more than 50 peer reviewed research publications covering a wide range of subjects including biological land remediation, ecotoxicology, carbon accounting and waste management. However, his main research interest is in the ecology and applications of earthworms.
Chris Lowe completed his PhD (Interactions within earthworm communities: A laboratory-based approach with potential applications for soil restoration) at the University of Central Lancashire in 2000 and was subsequently appointed as a research fellow before becoming a permanent member of academic staff in 2008. He is active in research, consultancy and knowledge transfer activities across a range of subjects but his real passion is earthworms. Chris is a founding member of the Earthworm Research Group (based at UCLan) and has on-going research interests and research students investigating the applications of earthworms in a number of areas including ecotoxicology, ecosystem services and organic waste management.
Uni. Cert. Teaching Toolkit, University of Central Lancashire, 2008
PhD Ecology University of Central Lancashire, 2000
MSc Environmental Biology, University of Wales, Swansea, 1995
BSc (Hons) Biology, University of Wales, Bangor, 1992
Bart, S., Amossé, J., Lowe, C.N., Mougin, C., Péry, A.R.R., Pelosi, C. (2018) Aporrectodea caliginosa, a relevant earthworm species for posteriori pesticide risk assessment: Current knowledge and recommendations for culture and experimental design. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. ISSN 0944-1344
Brami, C., Glover, A.R., Butt, K.R., Lowe, C.N. (2017). Effects of silver nanoparticles on survival, biomass change and avoidance behaviour of the endogeic earthworm Allolobophora chlorotica. Ecotox, Environ. Safe., 141, 64-69.
Brami, C., Glover, A.R., Butt, K.R., Lowe, C.N. (2017). Avoidance, biomass and survival response of soil dwelling (endogeic) earthworms to OECD artificial soil: Potential implications for earthworm ecotoxicology. Ecotoxicology, 26 (4), 576-579.
Lowe, C.N., Butt, K.R., Cheynier, K, Y-M (2016) Assessment of avoidance behaviour by earthworms (Lumbricus rubellus and Octolasion cyaneum) in laboratory-based, linear pollution gradients. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety. 124, 324-328.
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