Dr. Chris Lowe

Dr. Chris Lowe

Senior Lecturer in Ecology and Environment

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Kirkham Building, KM102

+44 (0) 1772 89 3960


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.



Full Profile

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.

More publications

Publications 1999-2007 (.doc 16.3KB)


  • Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (Grad MCIWM)
  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (Associate)


  • Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Carbon Management
  • Ecotoxicology


  • Statistics
  • Study Skills and Research Methods
  • Undergraduate/Masters Dissertation
  • PhD supervision





Current Research Interests:

  • Behavioural ecology
  • Biological remediation of reclaimed soils
  • Use of Earthworms as Bio-indicators
  • Use of Earthworms in Eco-toxicology
  • Earthworm maintenance and culture
  • Social and environmental impacts of dog fouling
  • Recycling and Re-use of medical aids
  • Carbon management




Current research projects include:

  • Earthworms as biological indicators of the impact of silver nanoparticles in the soil environment
  • Confirming the status of Lancashire’s endemic freshwater nemertean – Prostoma jenningsi
  • The use of earthworms in chronic soil ecotoxicology testing: Developing ecologically relevant and sensitive test methods.
  • Climate Engineering Policy Dynamics in Developing Countries
  • Factors influencing development of unofficial waste disposal sites in developing countries

External Activities

  • Conservation Committee member of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside
  • Trustee Director of the Tree Bee Society.
  • Referee for a range of academic journals including: Ecography, European J. of Soil Biology, Pedobiologia, Soil Biology and Biochemistry, Environmental Pollution, Waste Management and Research, Journal of Applied Ecology, Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, Science of the Total Environment, Applied Soil Ecology
  • Editor for the Journal of Environmental Science and Pollution Research