Selected Magazine Articles
Here are some articles published in magazines and online over the years.
Tim Low currently writes a blog for Australian Geographic magazine, having in the past written many features for the print editions, including the cover story of the twentieth anniversary issue.
Over a period of more than 30 years he has written many articles for Wildlife Australia magazine, and several of these are available below.
He was a leading contributor to the Australian Museum’s quarterly magazine Nature Australia (previously Australian Natural History). Running from 1985 to 2006, his column, Wild Things, was the longest in the magazine’s 85 year history. All articles were peer reviewed, with photos provided by Tim. He also wrote features for the magazine.
He recently reviewed a book about dingoes for the Sydney Morning Herald.
Corridors have become an inspiring concept in conservation today, but there is a risk of their benefits being oversold and problems denied. (2013, 50: 4-8)
Australian species are causing some unusual conservation problems today. Examples include a native grass that is endangering rare snails, and a whelk that has transformed the Swan River estuary. (2016, 53: 4-8)
To understand Australia better we should get to know this amazing island. (2014, 50: 18-22)
Instead of using the word ‘primitive’ for species such as the platypus we should be talking more about ‘sisters’. (2013, 50: 4-8)
“Conservation today is often about reducing connectivity.”
Aid and development agencies are doing great harm in Africa because they believe that humans exercise ultimate control over plants.”
“I have lived long enough to have seen for myself species that went extinct. It is nothing unsusual.”
The past presence of cassowaries in subtropical Australia can be inferred from the existence of rare trees with large fruits suitable for dispersal only by these large birds. (1996, 25: 16-17)
“Why are so few Australian trees deciduous?” (1998, 26: 22-230)
The seeds of seashore plants travel widely. Coconuts have reached Norway. On the Christmas Island Bird’n’Nature Week held in September each year Tim shows guests Greta Beach, a special site where beach seeds have been studied. (1996-7, 25: 22-23)