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 with teaching responsibilities on undergraduate courses in Geography, Environmental Management and Biology as well as Masters Courses in Waste, Energy and Resource Management. He has more than 40 peer reviewed research publications covering a wide range of subjects including biological land remediation, environmental monitoring, composting, and waste management. However his main research interest is in the ecology and applications of earthworms.



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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


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.

Lowe, C.N., Butt, K.R., Sherman, R. (2014) Current and Potential Benefits of mass earthworm culture. In: Morales-Ramos, J.A., Rojas, G., Shapiro-Ilan, D. Mass Production of Beneficial Organisms, Elsevier pp 683-709.

Lowe, C.N., Williams, K.S., Jenkinson, S., Toogood, M. (2014) Environmental and social impacts of domestic dog waste in the UK: Investigating barriers to behavioural change in dog walkers. International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 13 (4), 331-347.

Luck, T., Lowe, C.N., Elphinstone, E.D., Johnston, M. (2014) Assessing the contribution of arboriculture operations to anthropogenic Greenhouse Gas emissions: A case study of a UK tree surgery company. Arboriculture Journal: The International Journal of Urban Forestry, 36 (2), 89-102.

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)



Biodiversity and Conservation

Carbon Management

Environmental Biology

Global Waste Management Issues



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 existence of the Croston Worm (project externally funded by the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside)

External Activities

• Conservation Committee member of the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside

• Non-executive Director of the Tree Bee Society of Great Britain

• 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