Tim Low’s articles appear in magazines, newspapers, journals, conference proceedings and online. He has written for The Weekend Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Guardian, Courier Mail, Australian Geographic and Vogue.
His most recent article was a Guardian opinion piece about invasive species.
For two years he wrote a blog, Wild Journey, for Australian Geographic magazine. Features written for this magazine in the past included the cover story of the 20th anniversary issue, about Australia as a land of nectar.
One feature he wrote about the importance of dust for the colour magazine of the Weekend Australian appeared in The Best Australian Science Writing 2015 anthology published by UNSW Press.
He has been a columnist for the Brisbane Times, Simply Living and Nature & Health. A column he wrote for Nature Australia, the award-winning Australian Museum magazine, ran for 20 years, becoming the longest-running columnist in its 95 year history. All articles were refereed.
He has written for Australian Birdlife magazine, and its predecessor Wingspan, including an article about exudates that constitutes an extract from his bird book. He has also written for ABC Environment online and Ecos.
A selection of his magazine articles can be found here.
Hundreds of Tim’s photos have appeared in magazines, illustrating articles, especially his portraits of plants.
Tim prefers to write for environmental managers and the general public and he has not prioritised academic publishing. Recent articles focus on weed management.
Australian Acacias: Weeds of Useful Trees? Biological Invasions (2012) 14(11): 2217-27. This article documents the risks that aid agencies in Africa are taking by promoting weedy agroforestry plants. It came about after Tim was invited to attend a conference in South Africa about invasive wattles. He wrote about the article for ABC Environment and it was summarised in Ecos and Australian Geographic.
In Denial about Dangerous Aid Biological Invasions (2012) 14(11): 2235-36. On publication this article was highlighted by the journal as the pick of the issue.
Weedy Biofuels: What to Do? Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (2011) 3:55–59. This article reviews the options for governments to manage the weed risks posed by new biofuel crops:
“As high-volume, low-value crops with many of the attributes of weeds, biofuels present a dangerous combination of high propagule pressure and limited landholder capacity for weed management. For these reasons, the biofuels industry warrants high levels of weed precaution: the risks and costs of invasion are high and long-term while the benefits may be transient. Government regulators should assess the risk of proposed biofuel crops before research or producer investments are made and only permit the cultivation of species assessed as low-risk.”
A challenge for our values: Australian plants as weeds Plant Protection Quarterly. (2001) 16(3): 133-135. Native Australian plants grown outside their original distributions often become invasive, a topic reviewed here.
Tropical pasture plants as weeds Tropical Grasslands (1997) 31: 337-343.
A new species of gecko, genus Gehyra (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from Queensland. Victorian Naturalist (1979) 96: 190-196. While in high school, Tim regularly visited the Queensland Museum after school to study the reptile collection, within which he detected an unrecognised species of gecko which he later named.
Conference & Workshop Proceedings
Why are there so few weeds? In Spafford Jacob, H., Dodd, J., & Moore, J.H. (eds) (2002) 13th Australian Weeds Conference Papers & Proceedings. Plant Protection Society of Western Australia, Perth. A paper that instead of asking the traditional question, ‘Why do some plants become weeds?’, wonders why all cultivated plants do not become weeds.
From ecology to politics: the human side of alien invasions. In McNeely, J.A. (ed.) The Great Reshuffling: Human Dimensions of Invasive Alien Species. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland and Cambridge, U.K. Paper delivered to an IUCN workshop in Cape Town.
Selling the story. In Preston, G., Brown, G. & van Wyk, E. (eds) Best Management Practises for Preventing and Controlling Invasive Alien Species. The Working for Water Programme, Cape Town. Paper about raising awareness delivered to an international symposium in Cape Town.