Academic Career


The skin microbiome: impact of modern environments on skin ecology, barrier integrity, and systemic immune programming

Susan Prescott 1,2,10, Danica-Lea Larcombe1,2, Alan Logan2, Dianne E Campbell2,3,4, Christina West2,5, Wesley Burks6, Luis Caraballo7, Michael Levin2,8, Eddie Van Etten1, Pierre Horwitz1, Anita Kozyrskyj2,9, on behalf of the members of the WAO Committee on Barrier Disease Issues and the Microbiome

Disconnect from nature is apparent in high-rise apartment dwellers—How can we bring nature to apartment buildings?

Danica-Lea Larcombe 1,2,*, Eddie van Etten 1, Alan Logan 2, Susan L. Prescott 2,3,4 and Pierre Horwitz 1. In Proceedings of the IFLA World Congress, Singapore, 18-21 July 2018 .

High-Rise Apartments and Urban Mental Health—Historical and Contemporary Views

Danica-Lea Larcombe 1,2,*, Eddie van Etten 1, Alan Logan 2, Susan L. Prescott 2,3,4 and Pierre Horwitz 1 – Challenges 2019, 10(2), 34;


DANICA-LEA LARCOMBE A,B, EDDIE VAN ETTEN A, ALAN C. LOGAN B, SUSAN L. PRESCOTTB C,D, PIERRE HORWITZ A – accepted conference paper for Urban Sustainability Conference, Valencia, 1-3 Oct 2019

Larcombe, D., Horwitz, P (2017, July) Why apartment dwellers need indoor plants The Conversation, Australia

Larcombe, D., Van Etten, E (2018, January)  Heading back to the office? Bring these plants with you to fight formaldehyde (and other nasties)  The Conversation, Australia


  • (2016, August) Living with Micro-organisms Presentation at WA Earthcarers, Perth
  • (2016, September) Detecting the health effects of exposure to biodiversity in high rise apartments: the contributions of microbial health and immunology Presentation at the Environmental Health Australia 70th WA State Conference, Perth
  • (2017, May) The effect of environmental biodiversity on human skin microbial health Presentation at the  In-Flame Working Group Conference, New York
  • (2017, May) Purify Your Home Interview on Channel 7 Today Tonight Show Television, Perth
  • (2018, May) Disconnect from nature is apparent in high-rise apartment dwellers – results from comprehensive lifestyle surveys Presentation at the In-Flame Working Group Conference, Canada
  • (2019,  February) High-rise apartment dwellers’ health and lifestyle factors before and after an intervention of real and fake plants Presentation at the Annual Research Seminar, School of Science, Edith Cowan University
  • (2019, June) Living on a higher floor level as a deterrent to a ‘Naturistic’ lifestyle – rethinking design of apartment buildings  Presentation at the Nature City Seminar, Perth, Australia
  • (2020, November) Using the Human Skin Microbiota to Measure Nature Exposure in a Longitudinal Study Presentation at the 9th Annual inVIVO Planetary Health Conference, Online


2016       Semi-finalist Famelab Exposure to biodiversity and the health of residents in high rise apartments: the contributions of  microbial health and immunology. WA Maritime Museum, Perth

2016       Finalist 3MT Apartment Therapy. Edith Cowan University, Perth

2017       Acceptance of Concept. Horticulture Innovation Green Cities Fund

2018       Finalist 3MT Cities in Distress. Edith Cowan University, Perth

2017 and 2019 – Travel Awards