Asst/Prof Lori Lach
Research Assistant Professor
Plant Biology, School of
- Contact details
- School of Plant Biology
The University of Western Australia (M090)
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
- +61 8 6488 4565
- +61 8 6488 7461
- Room G18, Botany and Biology Building, Crawley campus
- BA Boston, MPH Calif., PhD Cornell
- I did my Ph.D. research in Hawai'i and South Africa investigating the attraction of invasive ants to floral nectar and its consequences for floral arthropod visitors. Upon completion, I was awarded an NSF International Post-Doc fellowship to explore the role of invasive ants in plant conservation in Mauritius, after which I moved to Australia to research the effects of invasive ants on native ant-plant interactions with Richard Hobbs.
- Key research
- I am a community ecologist with interests in plant-insect interactions, invasive species, ants, conservation biology, and restoration ecology. I use primarily field-based experimental approaches.
- Lach, Lori, Catherine L. Parr & Kirsti L. Abbott (eds.) (2010) Ant Ecology. Oxford University Press. This is an edited volume consisting of 16 chapters and 21 text boxes, all of which were peer-reviewed. ISBN:978-0-19-954463-9
- Lach, L. & Hoffmann, B.D. (2011) Are invasive ants better plant-defense mutualists? A comparison of foliage patrolling and herbivory in sites with invasive yellow crazy ants and native weaver ants. Oikos 120(1):9-16. DOI:10.1111/j.1600-0706.2010.18803.x
- Lach, Lori, Chadwick V. Tillberg & Andrew V. Suarez (2010) Contrasting effects of an invasive ant on a native and an invasive plant. Biological Invasions 12(9):3123-3133. DOI:10.1007/s10530-010-9703-1
- Lach, Lori, Richard J. Hobbs & Jonathan D. Majer (2009) Herbivory-induced extrafloral nectar increases survival of invasive and native ant workers. Population Ecology 51(2):237-243. DOI:10.1007/s10144-008-0132-2
- Lach, Lori & Melissa Thomas (2008) Invasive ants in Australia: Documented and potential ecological consequences. Australian Journal of Entomology 47(4):275-288. DOI:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2008.00659.x
- Lach, Lori (2008) Floral visitation patterns of two invasive ant species and their effects on other hymenopteran visitors. Ecological Entomology 33(1):155-160. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2311.2007.00969.x
- Lach, Lori (2008) Argentine ants displace floral arthropods in a biodiversity hotspot. Diversity and Distributions 14(2):281-290. DOI:10.1111/j.1472-4642.2007.00410.x
- Lach, Lori (2007) A mutualism with a native membracid facilitates pollinator displacement by Argentine ants. Ecology 88(8):1994-2004 (cover article). Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27651331
- Lach, Lori (2005) Exploitation and interference competition in the nectar-thieving behavior of three invasive ant species. Insectes Sociaux 52:257-262.
- Lach, Lori (2003) Invasive ants: Unwanted partners in ant-plant interactions? Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 90(1):91-108. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3298529
Holway, David A., Lori Lach, Andrew V. Suarez, Neil D. Tsutsui & Ted J. Case (2002) The causes and consequences of ant invasions. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 33:181-233. DOI:10.1146/annurev.ecolsys.33.010802.150444
- Pimentel, David, Lori Lach, Rudolfo Zuniga, and Doug Morrison (2000) Environmental and economic impacts of non-indigenous species in the United States. BioScience 50(1):53-65. DOI: 10.1641/0006-3568(2000)050[0053:EAECON]2.3.CO;2
- Lach, Lori, David. K. Britton, Rebecca J. Rundell & Robert. H. Cowie (2000) Food preference and reproductive plasticity in an invasive freshwater snail. Biological Invasions 2(4):279-288. DOI:10.1023/A:1011461029986
- Lach, Lori & Robert H. Cowie (1999) The spread of Pomacea canaliculata (Lamarck) (Gastropoda: Ampullariidae), an introduced freshwater apple snail, on the Hawaiian island of O'ahu. Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 58:66-71.
- Wang, H.H., T. Myers, L. Lach, C. Hsieh & M.E. Kadin (1999) Increased risk of lymphoid and non-lymphoid malignancies in patients with Lymphomatoid Papulosis. Cancer. 86(7):1240-1245. DOI:10.1002/(SICI)1097-0142(19991001)86:7<1240::AID-CNCR19>3.0.CO;2-X
- Wang, Helen H., Lori Lach & Marshall E. Kadin (1992) Epidemiology of Lymphomatoid Papulosis. Cancer. 70(12):2951-2957. DOI:10.1002/1097-0142(19921215)70:12<2951::AID-CNCR2820701236>3.0.CO;2-7
- Lach, Lori, Catherine L. Parr & Kirsti Abbott (2010) Synthesis and perspectives. In Ant Ecology (eds. L Lach, CL Parr & K Abbott). Oxford University Press. ISBN:978-0-19-954463-9
- Lach, Lori & Linda Hooper-Bùi. (2010) Consequences of ant invasions. In Ant Ecology (eds. L Lach, CL Parr & K Abbott). Oxford University Press. ISBN:978-0-19-954463-9
- Joshua Ness, Kailen Mooney & Lori Lach. (2010) Ants as mutualists. In Ant Ecology (eds. L Lach, CL Parr & K Abbott). Oxford University Press. ISBN:978-0-19-954463-9
- Pimentel, David, Lori Lach, Rudolfo Zuniga & Doug Morrison (2002) Environmental and economic costs of alien arthropods and other organisms in the United States. In G.J. Hallman and C.P. Schwalbe (eds.) Invasive Arthropods in Agriculture: Problems and Solutions. Science Publishers, Inc., Plymouth, U.K., pp. 107-117. ISBN-13: 978-1578081721
- Lach, Lori, Mike D. Picker, Jonathan Colville, Mike Allsopp & Charles Griffith (2002) Alien invertebrates in South Africa. In D. Pimentel (ed.) Environmental and Economic Costs of Alien Plant, Animal, and Microbe Invasions. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida, pp. 267-284.
- Lach, Lori (2001) Losses from Aquatic Weeds. In D. Pimentel (ed.) Encyclopedia of Pest Management. Marcel Dekker, New York. ISBN:0-8247-0632-3
- Lach, Lori (2000) Decision-making tools for the management of invasive species: risk analysis and economic considerations. Proceedings of the Best Management Practices for the Prevention and Control of Invasive Alien Species Workshop, February 2000. Working for Water, Cape Town, South Africa.
- Research profile
Research profile and publications