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Dr Bronwyn Lowe

BE (Monash), BAppSc PhD (C Sturt)

Tel +64 3 479 7156
Gregory Building, Room 3:02
Email bronwyn.lowe@otago.ac.nz
Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday

Dr Bronwyn Lowe joined the Department in 2010.

Advisor of studies

  • Bachelor of Applied Sciences and Bachelor of Science, majoring in Clothing and Textile Sciences
  • Undergraduate study in Clothing and Textile Sciences

Research Expertise

Dr Lowe is a materials engineer and plant ecologist whose research interests include the structure, properties, function and cultural use of plant materials.

Bronwyn brings a blend of engineering, environmental science and ecology expertise to her research, and enjoys participating in multi-disciplinary projects.

In 2010 she completed a postdoctoral fellowship investigating mātauranga Māori and western science methods for identifying varieties of harakeke (New Zealand flax) used for traditional Māori weaving. Important elements of this project were consultation and collaboration with the weaving community and communication of research results through a series of public hui.

Teaching

  • Physical and mechanical properties of clothing and textiles
  • Research methods

Postgraduate supervision – recently completed 2013 forward

The complete list of theses supervised is available elsewhere on this site.

PhD

Mistral, M. (2016). To bend the willow: the basket willows (Salix spp.) in New Zealand. (Supervisors: Lord, Janice; Lowe, Bronwyn; Wilson, J. Bastow) Completed: 2016
Permanent link to OUR Archive version: http://hdl.handle.net/10523/7010

Van Amber, R. Sock materials and their interactions with the foot (Supervisors: R M Laing, C A Wilson, B Lowe and S Collie) Completed: 2013

Masters

Nicholls, C. J. Behaviour of seam structures in cervine leather (2013)
Supervisors: R M Laing and B G Lowe

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Publications

Paterson, R. A., Lowe, B. J., Smith, C. A., Lord, J. M., & Ngarimu-Cameron, R. (2017). Polarized light microscopy: An old technique casts new light on Māori textile plants. Archaeometry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12281

Lowe, B. J., Smith, C. A., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Paterson, R. A., Daroux, F., Ngarimu-Cameron, R., … Gordon, K. C. (2017). Light-ageing characteristics of Māori textiles: Colour, strength and molecular change. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 24, 60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.culher.2016.11.012

Smith, C. A., Paterson, R. A., Lowe, B. J., & Te Kanawa, R. (2016). Consolidation of black-dyed Māori textile artefacts: Evaluating the efficacy of sodium alginate. Studies in Conservation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1266150

Chew, D. W. S., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., Lowe, B., Gray, A., & Aarts, J. (2016). Effects of ultrasonic instruments on enamel and dentine surface bonding. Journal of Dental Research, 95(Spec Iss B), 0665. Retrieved from http://www.iadr.org/

Van Amber, R. R., Lowe, B. J., Niven, B. E., Laing, R. M., & Wilson, C. A. (2015). Sock fabrics: Relevance of fiber type, yarn, fabric structure and moisture on cyclic compression. Textile Research Journal, 85(1), 26-35. doi: 10.1177/0040517514534750

Journal - Research Article

Paterson, R. A., Lowe, B. J., Smith, C. A., Lord, J. M., & Ngarimu-Cameron, R. (2017). Polarized light microscopy: An old technique casts new light on Māori textile plants. Archaeometry. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/arcm.12281

Lowe, B. J., Smith, C. A., Fraser-Miller, S. J., Paterson, R. A., Daroux, F., Ngarimu-Cameron, R., … Gordon, K. C. (2017). Light-ageing characteristics of Māori textiles: Colour, strength and molecular change. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 24, 60-68. doi: 10.1016/j.culher.2016.11.012

Smith, C. A., Paterson, R. A., Lowe, B. J., & Te Kanawa, R. (2016). Consolidation of black-dyed Māori textile artefacts: Evaluating the efficacy of sodium alginate. Studies in Conservation. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/00393630.2016.1266150

Van Amber, R. R., Lowe, B. J., Niven, B. E., Laing, R. M., & Wilson, C. A. (2015). Sock fabrics: Relevance of fiber type, yarn, fabric structure and moisture on cyclic compression. Textile Research Journal, 85(1), 26-35. doi: 10.1177/0040517514534750

Edwards, C., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. (2015). Effectiveness of disposable (single-use) tips for dental air-water syringes. European Journal of Prosthodontics & Restorative Dentistry, 23(4), 187-191. doi: 10.1992/EJPRD_1433Bridi08

Van Amber, R. R., Wilson, C. A., Laing, R. M., Lowe, B. J., & Niven, B. E. (2015). Thermal and moisture transfer properties of sock fabrics differing in fiber type, yarn, and fabric structure. Textile Research Journal, 85(12), 1269-1280. doi: 10.1177/0040517514561926

Van Amber, R. R., Lowe, B. J., Niven, B. E., Laing, R. M., Wilson, C. A., & Collie, S. (2015). The effect of fiber type, yarn structure and fabric structure on the frictional characteristics of sock fabrics. Textile Research Journal, 85(2), 115-127. doi: 10.1177/0040517514530029

Lau, A., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., Hanlin, S., & Lowe, B. (2014). Effect of air moisture content on adhesion to dentine: A comparison of dental air/water syringe tips. European Journal of Prosthodontics & Restorative Dentistry, 22(3), 137-141. doi: 10.1922/EJPRD_1337Bennani05

Smith, C., Lowe, B., Blair, K., Carr, D., & McNaughton, A. (2013). Identification of historical plant material using micro-computed tomography. Studies in Conservation, 58(3), 256-268. doi: 10.1179/2047058412Y.0000000043

Ellis, R., Bennani, V., Purton, D., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. (2012). The effect of ultrasonic instruments on the quality of preparation margins and bonding to dentin. Journal of Esthetic & Restorative Dentistry, 24(4), 278-285. doi: 10.1111/j.1708-8240.2011.00495.x

Star, P., Lowe, B., Carr, D., McCallum, R., & Myers, T. (2011). Origins and history of the Dunedin Botanic Garden Phormium collection. New Zealand Garden Journal, 14(1), 5-11.

Lowe, B. J., Carr, D. J., McCallum, R. E., Myers, T., Ngarimu-Cameron, R., & Niven, B. E. (2010). Understanding the variability of vegetable fibres: A case study of harakeke (Phormium tenax). Textile Research Journal, 80(20), 2158-2166. doi: 10.1177/0040517510373635

Lowe, B. J., Watts, R. J., Roberts, J., & Robertson, A. (2010). The effect of experimental inundation and sediment deposition on the survival and growth of two herbaceous riverbank plant species. Plant Ecology, 209, 57-69. doi: 10.1007/s11258-010-9721-1

Lowe, B. J., Carr, D. J., McCallum, R. E., Myers, T., Gorham, A., Holmes, H., … Ngarimu-Cameron, R., … Te Kanawa, K. (2009). Consultation, collaboration and dissemination. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 39(4), 225-228. doi: 10.1080/03014220909510585

Carr, D. J., Lowe, B., Bishop, P. J., Niven, B. E., & Gould, S. A. C. (2006). Tensile properties of silk from endemic New Zealand spiders. Textile Research Journal, 76(12), 928-935.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Smith, C. A., Lowe, B. J., & McNoughton, A. (2014). Micro-computed tomography for plant identification in artefacts. In J. Bridgland (Ed.), Proceedings of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference. 1606. Paris, France: International Council of Museums. [Full Paper]

Lowe, B., Smith, C. A., Gordon, K. C., Hanton, L. R., Ford, B., Korsten, A., Fraser, S. J., & Lomax, B. A. (2014). Relating colour, chemical and physical characteristics of artificially light-aged New Zealand plant fibres. In J. Bridgland (Ed.), Proceedings of the ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Conference. 1606. Paris, France: International Council of Museums. [Full Paper]

Van Amber, R., Laing, R., Wilson, C., Lowe, B., & Niven, B. (2013). Sock fabrics: Measuring the coefficient of static and dynamic friction to prevent blisters. Proceedings of the Fiber Society Spring Technical Conference. Retrieved from http://www.thefibersociety.org/httpdocs/Assets/Past_Meetings/BooksOfAbstracts/2013_Spr_Abstracts.pdf

Lowe, B., Carr, D. J., McCallum, R. E., Myers, T., Niven, B. E., Cameron, R., … Te Kanawa, K. (2009). Identifying harakeke (Phormium tenax) cultivars using whītau and fibre aggregate properties. In C. A. Wilson & R. M. Laing (Eds.), Proceedings of the Combined (NZ and AUS) Conference of The Textile Institute: Natural Fibres in Australasia. [CD-ROM], (pp. 121-125). Dunedin, New Zealand: The Textile Institute (NZ). [Full Paper]

Lowe, B., & Page, K. J. (2002). Oblique accretion and riverbank plant survival on a regulated lowland river. International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology. 28(2), (pp. 932-935). [Full Paper]

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Chew, D. W. S., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., Lowe, B., Gray, A., & Aarts, J. (2016). Effects of ultrasonic instruments on enamel and dentine surface bonding. Journal of Dental Research, 95(Spec Iss B), 0665. Retrieved from http://www.iadr.org/

Edwards, C., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. (2015). Effectiveness of single-use tips for dental air-water syringes. Journal of Dental Research, 94(Spec Iss A), 2314. Retrieved from http://www.iadr.org/

Lord, J., Paterson, R., Smith, C., Lowe, B., & Ngarimu-Cameron, R. (2015). Old is new: Using polarised light microscopy to identify plant fibres in Māori textile artefacts. Proceedings of the 27th National Conference on Microscopy. Retrieved from http://microscopy2015.otago.ac.nz/index.html

Edwards, C. E., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. J. (2014). Effectiveness of single-use tips for dental air-water syringes. Journal of Dental Research, 93(Spec Iss C). Retrieved from http://www.iadr.org

Van Amber, R., Laing, R., Wilson, C., Lowe, B., & Niven, B. (2013). Sock fabrics: Measuring friction to prevent blisters. In J. D. Cotter, S. J. E. Lucas & T. Mündel (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE). (pp. 245). International Society for Environmental Ergonomics. [Abstract]

Lowe, B. J., Carr, D. J., McCallum, R. E., Myers, T., Gorham, A., Holmes, H., … Ngarimu-Cameron, R., … Te Kanawa, K. (2011). Weaving properties of harakeke (Phormium tenax, New Zealand flax) in the Dunedin Botanic Garden. In L. A. Dunn, C. D. Thomson & C. A. Wilson (Eds.), Proceedings of the Consumer and Applied Sciences Centenary Conference: Bringing it Home: Remembering the past and feeding the future. (pp. 43). Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. [Abstract]

Lowe, B., Carr, D. J., McCallum, R. E., Cameron, R., Te Kanawa, K., Gorham, A., … Niven, B. E., & Myers, T. E. (2009). Identifying harakeke (Phormium tenax) cultivars using whītau (fibre aggregate) properties. In C. A. Wilson & R. M. Laing (Eds.), Proceedings of the Combined (NZ and AUS) Conference of The Textile Institute: Natural Fibres in Australasia: Book of abstracts. (pp. 33). Dunedin, New Zealand: The Textile Institute (NZ). [Abstract]

Lowe, B., Carr, D., McCallum, R., Myers, T., & Kaimahi Harakeke. (2009). Researching harakeke (Phormium tenax) using mātauranga Māori and western science methods. Proceedings of the 10th International Congress of Ecology (INTECOL): Ecology in a Changing Climate: Two Hemispheres: One Globe. Retrieved from http://www.intecol10.org/abstracts/presentations.html?posters

Thompson, J., Lowe, B., Townsend, C. R., Craw, D., Frew, R. D., & Biggs, B. J. F. (2003). Importance of geological nitrogen subsidies to New Zealand streams. Proceedings of the Joint Australian Society for Limnology and The New Zealand Limnological Society Congress 2003. (pp. 124). Victoria: ASL. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Edwards, C., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. (2014, July). Effectiveness of single-use tips for dental air-water syringes. Poster session presented at the Sir John Walsh Research Institute Research Day, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Edwards, C., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. (2014, May). Effectiveness of single-use tips for dental air-water syringes. Poster session presented at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) New Zealand Section Student Poster Competition, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Edwards, C., Bennani, V., Chandler, N., & Lowe, B. (2014, September). Effectiveness of single-use tips for dental air-water syringes. Poster session presented at the Division of Health Sciences Research Forum: Learning Different Research Languages, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (1999). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River. Poster session presented at the 2nd Stream Management Conference, Adelaide, Australia.

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (1999). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River. Poster session presented at the Australian Society for Limnology Conference.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Lowe, B. (2011, June). Methods for identifying plant materials in Māori and Pacific textiles. Verbal presentation at the Māori & Pacific Textile Symposium, Wellington, New Zealand.

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (2001). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee river. Verbal presentation at the Australian Society for Limnology Conference, Echuca, Australia.

Lowe, B. (2000). Riverbank plant response to partial flow regime restoration in a regulated river. Verbal presentation at the Ecological Society of Australia Annual Conference (ESA): Ecology in a Rapidly Changing World, Melbourne.

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (2000). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River. Verbal presentation at the Murrumbidgee 2000: Recent Research on the Geomorphology, Hydrology and Ecology of the River and its Floodplain, Wagga.

Lowe, B. (1999). Riverbank vegetation distribution with respect to geomorphology and flow regime in the Murrumbidgee River. Verbal presentation at the Australian Society for Limnology Conference

Lowe, B. (1997, August). Using GIS as an interface to the National Forest Inventory. Verbal presentation at the Chinese Ministry of Forestry Inventory Conference, Bejing.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (2000). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River: Selecting indicators [24 months progress report]. Commissioned by Technical Advisory Group on the Charles Sturt University component of the NSW Water Management Fund Project MB. 28p.

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (2000). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River: Selecting indicators [30 months progress report]. Commissioned by Technical Advisory Group on the Charles Sturt University component of the NSW Water Management Fund Project MB. 39p.

Watts, R., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (1999). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River: Selecting indicators. Commissioned by 18 month Progress Report to the Technical Advisory Group on the Charles Sturt University componant of the NSW Water Management Fund Project. MB 19/96/SW/RM. NSW: NSW Water Management Fund. 80p.

Watts, R. J., Ryder, D., Chisholm, L., & Lowe, B. (1998). Assessment of environmental flows for the Murrumbidgee River: Selecting indicators. 12 month progress report. Commissioned by Technical Advisory Group on the Charles Sturt University Component of NSW Water Management Fund Project MB 19/96/SW/RM. 48p.

Lowe, B. (1997). Mission report for Project CPR/91/151, establishing a forest resources monitoring system: GIS consultancy, China. Commissioned by Forestry Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

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