Key: Gillespie & Roderick, Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Scholars, Undergraduates


  • Gillespie, R.G., Brewer, M.S., Roderick, G.K. 2017. Ancient Biogeography Of Generalist Predators On Remote Oceanic Islands. Journal of Biogeography, 44, 1098–1109.
  • Claridge, E.M., Gillespie, R.G., Brewer, M.S., Roderick, G.K. 2017. Stepping-stones across space and time: Repeated radiation of Pacific flightless broad-nosed weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae: Rhyncogonus). Journal of Biogeography, 44, 784-796,
  • Sun Y, Brönnimann O, Roderick GK, Poltavsky A, Lommen STE, Müller-Schärer H (2017) Climatic suitability ranking of biological control candidates: a biogeographic approach for ragweed management in Europe. Ecosphere Ecosphere 8, e01731.
  • Roderick GK, Navajas M (2017) Effects of biological invasions on pest management. In: Environmental Pest Management: Challenges for Agronomists, Ecologists, Economists and Policymakers (eds. Coll M, Wajnberg E). Wiley-Blackwell, London. pp. 225-248.
  • Ramage T, Martins-Simoes P, Mialdea G, Allemand R, Duplouy A, Rousse P, Davies N, Roderick GK, Charlat S (2017) A DNA barcode-based survey of terrestrial arthropods in the Society archipelago, French Polynesia: host diversity within the SymbioCode Project. European Journal of Taxonomy, DNA Library of Life, special issue 272, 1-13.
  • Zeilinger AR, Rapacciuolo G, Turek D, Oboyski PT, Almeida RPP, Roderick GK (2017) Museum specimen data reveal emergence of a plant disease may be linked to increases in the insect vector population. Ecological Applications. On line early,


  • Hadjistylli M, Roderick GK*, Brown JK* (2016) Global population structure of a worldwide pest and virus vector: genetic diversity and population history of the Bemisia tabaci sibling species group. PLoS One 11, e0165105, *contributed equally.
  • Roderick GK, Gillespie RG (2016) Arthropodes terrestres des îles Marquises : diversité et évolution. In: Biodiversité terrestre et marine des îles Marquises, Polynésie française (eds. Galzin R, Duron S-D, Meyer J-Y), pp. 391-404. Société Française d’Ichtyologie, Paris.
  • Cotoras, D.D., Brewer, M.S., Croucher, P.J.P, Oxford, G.S., Lindberg, D.R., Gillespie, R.G. 2016. Convergent evolution in the colour polymorphism of Selkirkiella spiders (Theridiidae) from the South American temperate rainforest . Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. In press.
  • Krehenwinkel, H., Kennedy, S., Pekar, S., Gillespie, R.G. 2016. A cost efficient and simple protocol to enrich prey DNA from extractions of predatory arthropods for large scale gut content analysis by Illumina sequencing. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. In press.
  • VanderSal-Jensen, N.D., Crews, S.C., Gillespie, R.G. 2016. Is Love In The Air Or At First Sight? Mate Finding Cues Used By Sympatric Male Velvet Ants (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Invertebrate Biology. In press
  • Steinbauer, M.J., Field, R., Grytnes, J.A, Trigas, P., Ah-Peng, C, Attorre, F., Birks, H.J.B., Borges, P.A.V., Cardoso, P., Chou, C.H., De Sanctis, M., de Sequeira, M.M., Duarte, M.C., Elias, R.B., Fernández-Palacios, J.M., Gabriel, R., Gereau, R.E., Gillespie, R.G., Greimler, J. Harter, D.E.V., Huang, T.J., Irl, S.D.H., Jeanmonod, D., Jentsch, Jump, A.S., Kueffer, C., Nogue, S., Otto, R., Price, J., Romeiras, M.M., Strasberg, D., Stuessy, T., Svenning, J.C., Vetaas, O.R., Beierkuhnlein, C. 2016. Topography-driven isolation, speciation and a global increase of endemism with elevation. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 25, 1097–1107.
  • Shaw, K.L. and Gillespie, R.G. 2016. Comparative phylogeography of oceanic archipelagos: Hotspots for inferences of evolutionary process. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113(29): 7986–7993.
  • Binford, G.J., Gillespie, R.G., Maddison, W. 2016. Sexual dimorphism in venom chemistry in Tetragnatha spiders is not easily explained by adult niche differences. Toxicon 114:45-52.
  • Wood, H.W., Parkinson, D.Y., Griswold, C.E., Gillespie, R.G., Elias, D.O. 2016. Repeated evolution of power-amplified predatory strikes in trap-jaw spiders (Araneae, Mecysmaucheniidae). Current Biology, 26, 1–5.
  • Gillespie, R.G. 2016. Island time and the intevolutionary_applications1erplay between ecology & evolution in species diversification. Evolutionary Applications. 9(1), pp.53-73.
  • Roderick GK (2016) Invasion biogeography. In: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology (ed. Kliman RM), pp. 277-281. Academic Press, Oxford.
  • Leong M, Ponisio LC, Kremen C, Thorp RW, Roderick GK (2016) Temporal dynamics influenced by global change: bee community phenology in urban, agricultural, and natural landscapes. Global Change Biology 22, 1046–1053.


  • Rominger, A.J., Goodman, K. R., Lim, J.Y., Armstrong, E., Bennett, G. M., Brewer, M. S., Cotoras, D. D., Ewing, C. P., Harte, J., Martinez, N., O’Grady, P., Percy, D., Price, D., Roderick, G. K., Shaw, K., Valdovinos, F.S., Gruner, D. S. & Gillespie, R. G. (2015) Community assembly on isolated islands: Macroecology meets evolution. Global Ecology and Biogeography. doi: 10.1111/geb.12341
  • Leong M, Roderick GK (2015) Remote sensing captures varying temporal patterns of vegetation between human-altered and natural landscapes. PeerJ 3, e1141.
  • Lim, J.Y., Fine, P.V.A. & Mittelbach, G.G. (2015) Assessing the latitudinal gradient in herbivory. Global Ecology and Biogeography doi: 10.1111/geb.12336.
  • Medeiros, M.J. & Gillespie, R.G. (2015) Geographic exploration within a highly niche conserved moth in the Hawaiian archipelago. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
  • Harter, D.E.V., Irl, S.D.H., Seo, B., Steinbauer, M.J., Gillespie, R.G., Triantis, K.A., Fernández-Palacios, J.-M., Beierkuhnlein, C. (2015) Impacts of global climate change on the floras of oceanic islands – projections, implications and current knowledge. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.
  • Goodman, K.R., Kelley, J.P., Welter, S.C., Roderick, G. K. & Elias D.O (2015) Rapid diversification of sexual signals in Hawaiian Nesosydne planthoppers (Hemiptera: Delphacidae) under the influence of neutral and selective forces. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 28(2): 415-427.
  • Brewer, M.S., Carter, R., Croucher, P.J.P, Gillespie, R.G. (2015) Shifting Habitpicturegggats, Morphology and Selective Pressures: Developmental Polyphenism in an Adaptive Radiation of Hawaiian Spiders. Evolution, 69: 162-178.
  • Hadjistylli M, Roderick G, Gauthier N (2015) First report of the Sub-Saharan Africa 2 species of the Bemisia tabaci complex in the Southern France. Phytoparasitica, 1-9.
  • Roderick GK, Navajas M (2015). Invasions of terrestrial arthropods: mechanisms, pathways, and dynamics. In Channing-Clode J (Ed.), Biological Invasions in Aquatic and Terrestrial Systems: Biogeography, Ecological Impacts, Predictions and Management. Berlin: De Gruyter Open,
  • Leong M, Roderick GK (2015) Remote sensing captures varying temporal patterns of vegetation between human-altered and natural landscapes. PeerJ 3, e1141.
  • Wood, H.W., Gillespie, R.G., Griswold, C.E., Wainwright, P.C. 2015. Why is Madagascar special? The extraordinarily slow evolution of pelican spiders (Araneae, Archaeidae). Evolution, In press.
  • Warren, B.H., Simberloff, D., Ricklefs, R.E., Aguilée, R., Condamine, F.L., Gravel, D., , Morlon, H., , Mouquet, N., Rosindell, J., Casquet, J., Conti, E., Cornuault, J., Fernández-Palacios, J.M. Hengl, T., Norder, S.J., Rijsdijk, K.F., Sanmartín, I., Strasberg, D., Triantis, K., Valente, L.M., Whittaker, R.J., Emerson, B.C., Gillespie, R.G., Thébaud, C. 2015. Islands as model systems in ecology and evolution: prospects fifty years after MacArthur-Wilson. Ecology Letters. 18: 200-217.
  • Casquet, J., Bourgeois, Y., Cruaud, C., Gavory, F., Gillespie, R.G., Thébaud, C. 2014. Community assembly on islands: a comparison of Hawaiian and Mascarene spiders. Journal of Biogeography. 42: 39-50. DOI:10.1111/jbi.1239. DOI:10.1111/jbi.1239


  • Crews, S.C. and R.G. Gillespie. 2014. Desert salt flats as oases for the spider Saltonia incerta Banks (Araneae: Dictynidae)Ecology and Evolution, DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1242.
  • Yim, K., Brewer M.S., Miller, C.T., Gillespie, R.G. 2014. Comparative Transcriptomics of Maturity-Associated Color Change in Hawaiian SpidersScreen shot 2014-11-20 at 11.31.17 AMJournal of Heredity 105 (S1): 771-781.
  • Gillespie, R.G., Roderick G.K. 2014. Evolution: Geology and climate drive diversification. Nature 509:297-298
  • Davies, N., Field, D., Amaral-Zettler, L., Clark, M.S., Deck, J., Drummond, A., Faith, D.P., Geller, J., Gilbert, J., Glöckner, F.O., Hirsch, P.R., Leong, J.-A., Meyer, C., Obst, M., Planes, S., Scholin, C., Vogler, A.P, Gates, R.D., Toonen, R., Berteaux-Lecellier, V., Barbier, M., Barker, K., Bertilsson, S., Bicak, M., Bietz, M.J., Bobe, J., Bodrossy, L., Borja, A., Coddington, J., Fuhrman, J., Gerdts, G., Gillespie, R., Goodwin, K., Hanson, P.C., Hero, J.M., Hoekman, D., Jansson, J., Jeanthon, C., Kao, R., Klindworth, A., Knight, R., Kottmann, R., Koo, M.S., Kotoulas, G., Lowe, A.J., Marteinsson, V.T., Meyer, F., Morrison, N., Myrold, D.D., Pafilis, E., Parker, S., Parnell, J.J., Polymenakou, P.N., Ratnasingham, S., Roderick, G.K., Rodriguez-Ezpeleta, N., Schonrogge, K., Simon, N., Valette-Silver, N.J., Springer, Y.P., Stone, G.N., Stones-Havas, S., Sansone, S.-A., Thibault, K.M., Wecker, P., Wichels, A., Wooley, J.C., Yahara, T., Zingone, A. and GOs-COS. The founding charter of the Genomic Observatories Network. GigaScience 2014, 3:2
  • Brewer, M.S., Cotoras, D.D., Croucher, P.J.P, Gillespie, R.G. 2014. New sequencing technologies, the development of genomics tools, and their applications in evolutionary arachnology. J. Arachnology 42:1–15
  • Leong M, Kremen C, Roderick GK (2014) Pollinator Interactions with yellow starthistle (Centaurea solstitialis) across urban, agricultural, and natural landscapes. PLoS ONE 9: e86357. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0086357


  • Croucher, P.J.P., Brewer, M.S., Winchell, C.J., Oxford, G.S., Gillespie, R.G. 2013. De novo characterization of the gene-rich transcriptomes of two color-polymorphic spiders, Theridion grallator and T. californicum (Araneae: Theridiidae), with special reference to pigment genes. BMC Genomics 14(1):862.
  • Screen shot 2014-11-20 at 11.35.06 AMHembry, D.H., Kawakita, A., Gurr, N.S., Schmaedick, M.A., Baldwin, B.G., Gillespie, R.G. 2013. Non-congruent colonizations and diversification in a coevolving pollination mutualism on oceanic islands. Proc. R. Soc. B 280: 20130361
  • Gillespie, R.G. 2013. Adaptive Radiation: Convergence and Non-equilibrium. Current Biology, 23(2): R71-R74. PDF
  • Wood, H.M., Matzke, N.J., Gillespie, R.G., Griswold, C.E. 2013. Treating fossils as terminal taxa in divergence time estimation reveals ancient vicariance patterns in the Palpimanoidea spiders. Systematic Biology 62(2): 264-284. PDF


  •  Goodman, K.R., Welter, S.C., Roderick, G. K., 2012. Genetic Divergence is Decoupled from Ecological Diversification in Hawaiian Planthoppers. Evolution, 66(9): 2798-2813.
  • Hill, A., Guralnick, R., Smith, A., Sallans, A., Gillespie, R., Denslow, M., Gross, J., Murrell, Z., Conyers, T., Oboyski, P., Ball, J., Thomer, A., Prys-Jones, R., de la Torre, J., Kociolek, P., Fortson, L. 2012. No specimen left behind: mass digitization of natural history collections. ZooKeys 209: Special issue: 219-233. PDFevo_v66_i9_Iss2Press_Cover2
  • Croucher, P.J.P., Oxford, G.S., Lam, A., Mody, N., Gillespie, R.G. 2012. Colonization history and population genetics of the exuberantly color polymorphic Hawaiian happy-face spider Theridion grallator (Araneae, Theridiidae). Evolution, 66(9): 2815-2833. PDF
  • Hembry, D.H., Okamoto, T., McCormack, G., Gillespie, R.G. 2012. Phytophagous insect community assembly through niche conservatism on oceanic islands. J. Biogeog. 40: 225-235.
  • cover_natureBarnosky, A.D., Hadly, E.A., Bascompte, J., Berlow, E.L., Brown, J.H., Fortelius, M., Getz, W.M., Harte, J., Hastings, A., Marquet, P.A., Martinez, N.D., Mooers, A., Roopnarine, P., Vermeij, G., Williams, J.W., Gillespie, R.G., Kitzes, J., Marshall, C., Matzke, N., Mindell, D.P., Revilla, E., Smith, A.B. 2012. Approaching a state-shift in Earth’s biosphere. Nature, 486, 52–58. PDF
  • Roderick, G.K., Croucher, P.J.P., Vandergast, A. Gillespie, R.G. 2012. Species differentiation on a dynamic landscape: Shifts in metapopulation and genetic structure using the chronology of the Hawaiian archipelago. Evolutionary Biology, 39 (2): 192-206. PDF
  • Davies, N., Field, D. & The Genomic Observatories Network*. 2012. Sequencing data: A genomic network to monitor Earth. Nature 481: 145. (* 63 authors). PDF
  • Screen shot 2012-11-06 at 10.36.13 AMGillespie, R.G., Baldwin, B.G., Waters, J.M., Fraser, C., Nikula, R., Roderick, G.K. 2012. Long-distance dispersal – a framework for hypothesis testing. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 27(1) 47-56. PDF
  • Hembry, D.H., Okamoto, T. Gillespie, R.G. 2012. Repeated colonization of remote islands by specialized, horizontally-transmitted mutualists. Biology Letters 8 (2) 258-261. PDF
  • Platnick, N.I.; Abrahim, N.; Alvarez-Padilla, F.; Andriamalala, D.; Baehr, B., Baert, L.; Bonaldo, A.B.; Brescovit, A.D.; Chousou-Polydouri, N.; Dupérré, N.; Eichenberger, B.; Fannes, W.; Gaublomme, E.; Gillespie, R.G.; Grismado, C.J.; Griswold, C.E.; Harvey, M.S.; Henrard, A.; Hormiga, G.; Izquierdo, M.A.; Jocqué, R.; Kranz-Baltensperger, Y.; Kropf, C.; Ott, R.; Ramírez, M.J.; Raven, R.J.; Rheims, C.A.; Ruiz, G.R.S.; Santos, A.J.; Saucedo, A.; Sierwald, P.; Szuts, T.; Ubick, D.; Wang, X-P. 2012. Tarsal organ morphology and the phylogeny of goblin spiders (Araneae, Oonopidae), with notes on basal genera. American Museum Novitates 3736, 52pp
  • Roderick GK, Hufbauer RA, Navajas M (2012) Evolution and biological control. Evolutionary Applications, Special Issue, 5 (5) 5(5), 419-536, and Evolutionary Applications 5, 419-423. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-4571.2012.00281.x
  • Boubou A, Migeon A, Roderick GK, Auger P, Cornuet J-M, Magalhães S, Navajas M (2012) Test of colonisation scenarios reveals complex invasion history of the red tomato spider mite Tetranychus evansi. PLoS One 7, e35601. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035601.
  • Screen shot 2014-11-20 at 11.31.17 AMSchoville SD, Lam A, Roderick GK (2012) A rangewide genetic bottleneck overwhelms landscape heterogeneity and local abundance in shaping genetic patterns in an alpine butterfly (Lepidoptera: Pieridae: Colias behrii). Molecular Ecology, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05696.x
  • Schoville SD, Roderick GK, Kavanaugh DH (2012) Testing the “Pleistocene species pump” in alpine habitats: lineage diversification of flightless ground beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae: Nebria) in relation to altitudinal zonation. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107, 95-111.


  • Casquet, J., Thébaud, C., Gillespie, R.G. 2011. Chelex without boiling, a rapid and easy technique to obtain stable amplifiable DNA from small amounts of ethanol-stored spiders. Molecular Ecology Resources 12(1) 136-141. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2011.03073.x

  • Bidegaray-Batista, L., Gillespie, R.G., Arnedo, M.A. 2011. Bringing spiders to the multilocus era: novel anonymous nuclear markers for Harpactocrates ground-dwelling spiders (Araneae, Dysderidae) with application to related genera. Journal of Arachnology 39(3): 506-510.

  • Croucher, PJP, GS Oxford, and R.G. Gillespie. 2011. Population structure and dispersal in a patchy landscape: nuclear and mitochondrial markers reveal area effects in the spider Theridion californicum (Araneae:Theridiidae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 104: 600-620. PDF

  • Croucher, PJP, GS Oxford, A Lam, and R.G. Gillespie. 2011. Stabilizing selection maintains exuberant color polymorphism in the spider Theridion californicum (Araneae, Theridiidae). Molecular Ecology 20:206-218. PDF
  • Medeiros, M.J., and R.G. Gillespie. 2011. Biogeography and the evolution of flightlessness in a radiation of Hawaiian moths (Thyrocopa: Xyloryctidae).  Journal of Biogeography. 38: 101-111. PDF
  • Crews, S.C. and R.G. Gillespie. 2011. Molecular Systematics of Selenops Spiders (Araneae: Selenopidae) from North and Central America: Implications for Caribbean Biogeography. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 101, 288-322. PDF


  • Spagna, J.C., S.C. Crews, and R.G. Gillespie. 2010. Patterns of habitat affinity and Austral/Holarctic parallelism in dictynoid spiders (Araneae: Entelegynae). Invertebrate Systematics, 24, 238-257. PDF

  • Harmon, L.J., Losos, J.B., Davies, T.J., Gillespie, R.G., Gittleman, J.L., Jennings, W.B., Kozak, K.H., McPeek, M.A., Moreno-Roark, F., Near, T.J., Purvis, A., Ricklefs, R.E., Schluter, D., Schulte, J.A., Seehausen, O., Sidlauskas, B.L., Torres-Carvajal, O., Weir, J.T., Mooers, A.Ø. 2010. Body size and shape rarely evolve in early bursts. Evolution, 64 (8): 2385-2396. PDF

  • Krushelnycky, P.D. and R.G. Gillespie. 2010. Correlates of vulnerability among arthropod species threatened by invasive ants. Biodiversity and Conservation 19(7): 1971-1988. PDF

  • Rivera, MA and RG Gillespie. 2010. New Species of Endemic Kleptoparasitic Spiders of the Genus Argyrodes (Araneae: Theridiidae) in the Hawaiian Islands. Pacific Science 64(2): 221-232. PDF

  • Crews, S.C., A.R. Puente-Rolón, E. Rutstein, and R.G. Gillespie. 2010. A comparison of populations of island and adjacent mainland species of Caribbean Selenops (Araneae: Selenopidae) spiders. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 54(3): 970-983. PDF

  • Hogg, B.N., Gillespie, R.G., and Daane, K.M. 2010. Regional patterns in the invasion success of Cheiracanthium spiders (Miturgidae) in vineyard ecosystems. Biological Invasions 12(8): 2499-2508. PDF


  • Garb, J.E. and R.G. Gillespie. 2009. Diversity despite dispersal: colonization history and phylogeography of Hawaiian crab spiders inferred from multilocus genetic data. Molecular Ecology 18:1746-1764. PDF

  • Medeiros, M.J., D. Davis, F.G. Howarth, and R.G. Gillespie. 2009. Evolution of cave-living in Hawaiian Schrankia (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) with description of a remarkable new cave species. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 156: 114-139. PDF

  • Krushelnycky, P.D. and R. G. Gillespie. 2009. Sampling across space and time to validate natural experiments: An example with ant invasions in Hawaii. Biological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-009-9471-y. PDF

  • Croucher, P.J.P. and R.G. Gillespie. 2009. Genomics and adaptive radiation on remote islands: The islands’ story. The Biochemist, 31:


  •  Goodman, K.R., Morris, V.R.F., Welter, S.C., Roderick, G. K. 2008. Isolation and characterization of microsatellite markers in an endemic Hawaiian planthopper (Nesosydne chambersi: Delphacidae). Molecular Ecology Resources, 8: 1436-1438.
  • Emerson, B.C. and R.G. Gillespie. 2008. Phylogenetic analysis of community assembly and structure over space and time. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 23(11): 619-630. PDF

  • Crews, S., Wienskoskib, E. and R.G. Gillespie. 2008. Life history of the spider Selenops occultus Mello-Leitão (Araneae, Selenopidae) from Brazil with notes on the natural history of the genus. Journal of Natural History 42: 2747-2761.

  • Gillespie, R.G., E.M. Claridge, S. Goodacre. 2008. Biogeography of French Polynesia: Diversification within and between a series of hotspot archipelagoes. Phil Trans. Roy Soc Lond 363: 3335-3346. PDF

  • Krushelnycky, P.D. and R.G. Gillespie  2008. Compositional and functional stability of arthropod communities in the face of ant invasions. Ecological Applications. 18(6): 1547-1562. PDF

  • Benjamin, SP, D. Dimitrov, R.G. Gillespie, and G. Hormiga. 2008. Family ties: Molecular phylogeny of crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae). Cladistics 24: 708-722.  PDF

  • Spagna, J., and R.G. Gillespie. 2008. More loci, fewer shifts:  improving understanding of evolution of the spinning apparatus in non-orb-weaving spiders. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 46: 347-368. PDF

  • Gillespie, RG, EM Claridge, GK Roderick 2008 Biodiversity dynamics in isolated island communities: Interaction between natural and human-mediated processes. Molecular Ecology 17: 45-57. PDF


  • Mitchell, B.M., and R.G. Gillespie. 2007. Graduate students take to the field in K-12 education. Public Library of Science (PLoS) Biology 5(6): 1200-1201. PDF

  • Arnedo, M.A., I. Agnarsson, and R.G. Gillespie. 2007. Molecular Insights into the phylogenetic structure of the spider genus Theridion (Araneae, Theridiidae) and the origin of the Hawaiian Theridion-like fauna. Zoologica Scripta 36: 337-352. PDF

  • Gillespie, R.G., and B.C. Emerson. 2007. Adaptation under a microscope. Nature 446: 386-387. PDF

  • Gillespie R.G., and M.A. Rivera. 2007. Free-Living Spiders of the Genus Ariamnes (Araneae, Theridiidae) in Hawaii. Journal of Arachnology 35: 11-37. PDF

  • Krushelnycky, P.D., Loope, L.L., Gillespie, R.G. 2007. Inventory of arthropods of the west slope shrubland and alpine ecosystems of Haleakala National Park. University of Hawaii Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit Technical Report 148: 1-52


  • Spagna, J.C., and R.G. Gillespie. 2006. Unusually long Hyptiotes (Araneae: Uloboridae) sequence for small subunit (18S) ribosomal RNA supports secondary structure model utility in spiders. Journal of Arachnology 34: 557-565. PDF

  • Arnedo, M.A., and R.G. Gillespie. 2006. Species diversification patterns in the Polynesian jumping spider genus Havaika Proszynski 2001 (Araneae, Salticidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 41: 472-495. PDF

  • Garb, J.E., and R.G. Gillespie. 2006. shapeimage_3Island hopping across the central Pacific: mitochondrial DNA detects sequential colonization of the Austral Islands by crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae). Journal of Biogeography 33(2): 201-220. PDF


  • Crews, S.C., and R.G. Gillespie. 2005. Evolutionary Insights From the Disjunct Distribution of the Salt Flat Endemic Spider Saltonia incerta Banks (Araneae: Dictynidae) in the Southwestern United States, pp. 7-8 In: Geologic and Biotic Perspectives on Late Cenozoic Drainage History of the Southwestern Great Basin and Lower Colorado River Region (ed. M. Reheis). U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia.

  • Garb, J.E., R.G. Gillespie, and C.Y. Hayashi. 2005. A toxic tale: Evolution of the vertebrate toxin gene, alpha-latrotoxin, in black widow spiders. Integrative and Comparative Biology 44 (6): 556.

  • Gillespie, R.G. 2005. Geographical context of speciation in a radiation of Hawaiian Tetragnatha spiders (Araneae, Tetragnathidae) . Journal of Arachnology 33: 313-322. PDF

  • Krushelnycky, P.D., R.G. Gillespie, L.L. Loope, and J.K. Liebherr. 2005. Rediscovery and Uncertain Future of High-Elevation Haleakala Carabid Beetles (Coleoptera). Pacific Science 59(3): 399-410. PDF

  • Gillespie, R.G. 2005. The ecology and evolution of Hawaiian spider communities. American Scientist 93:122-131.


  • Pons, J., and R. G. Gillespie. 2004. Evolution of satellite DNAs in a radiation of endemic Hawaiian spiders: Does concerted evolution of highly repetitive sequences reflect evolutionary history? Journal of Molecular Evolution 59(5): 632-641. PDF

  • Blackledge, T.A., and R.G. Gillespie. 2004. Convergent evolution of behavior in an adaptive radiation of Hawaiian web-building spiders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 101(46): 16228-16233. PDF

  • Vandergast, A.G., and R.G. Gillespie. 2004. Effects of Natural Forest Fragmentation on a Hawaiian Spider Community. Environmental Entomology 33(5): 1296-1305. PDF
  • Garb, J.E., A. González, and R.G. Gillespie. 2004. The black widow spider genus Latrodectus  (Araneae: Theridiidae): phylogeny, biogeography and invasion history. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31(3): 1127-1142. PDF

  • Gillespie, R. G. 2004. Community assembly through adaptive radiation in Hawaiian spiders. Science 303 (5656): 356-359. PDF

  • Arnedo, M.A., J. Coddington, I. Agnarsson, R.G. Gillespie. 2004. From a Comb to a Tree: Phylogenetic Relationships of the Comb-footed Spiders (Araneae, Theridiidae) Inferred from Nuclear and Mitochondrial Genes. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 31: 225-245. PDF
  • Vandergast, A.G., R.G. Gillespie, and G.K. Roderick. 2004. Influences of volcanic activity on the population genetic structure of Hawaiian Tetragnatha. Molecular Ecology 13: 1729-1743. PDF



  • shapeimage_4Gillespie, RG. and D.A. Clague. 2009. Editors, Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA.  (Honorable Mention, 2009 PROSE Awards – American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence;  judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals).


Book Chapters:

  • Gillespie, R.G. and Parent, C.E. 2013. Adaptive Radiation. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology. Ed. J.B. Losos.

  • Gillespie, RG. 2013. Biogeography IN: Spider Research in the 21st Century. Ed. D. Penney, Siri Scientific Press

  • Gillespie, RG and BG Baldwin. 2009.shapeimage_5 Island biogeography of remote archipelagos: Interplay between ecological and evolutionary processes. Pp. 358-387. IN: The Theory of Island Biogeography Revisited. Eds. J. Losos, R. Ricklefs. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. PDF

  • Gillespie, R.G. and M. Williamson. 2009. Britain and Ireland. Pp. 116-126. IN: Encyclopedia of Islands. Eds. R.G. Gillespie, D.A. Clague. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. PDF

  • Gillespie, R.G. 2009. Ecological release. Pp. 251-253. IN: Encyclopedia of Islands. Eds. R.G. Gillespie, D.A. Clague. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. PDF
  • Gillespie, R.G. 2009. Adaptive radiation. Pp. 1-7. IN: Encyclopedia of Islands. Eds. R.G. Gillespie, D.A. Clague. University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. PDF
  • Roderick GK and R.G. Gillespie. 2009. Island biogeography. In: Encycloshapeimage_7pedia of Insects (eds. Resh VH, Cardé R), pp. 529-531. Academic Press, San Diego.
  • Gillespie RG and J.C. Spagna. 2009. Spiders. In: Encyclopedia of Insects (eds. Resh VH, Cardé R), pp. 930-940. Academic Press, San Diego.

  • Gillespie, RG. 2009. Adaptive Radiation. IN: Guide to Ecology. Eds. S. Levin, S. Carpenter, C. Godfray, A. Kinzig, M. Loreau, J. Losos, B. Walker, D. Wilcove. Pp. 143-152. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ. PDF

  • Claridge, E.M., J.E. Garb, R.G. Gillespie, and D.M. Percy. 2007. Insects and spiders of the Austral Islands. In The terrestrial biodiversity of the Austral Islands (French Polynesia) Ed. J.Y.Meyer,  P. Bouchet, & A. Allison. Service des Publications du Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris & Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, HI.

  • Gillespie R.G. 2007. Oceanic Islands: Models of Diversity. Pp. 1-13. In: S.A. Levin (ed.) Encyclopedia of Biodiversity, Elsevier Ltd, Oxford. PDF

  • Gillespie, R.G. 2005. Evolution of spiders on oceanic islands: The venture of few and gain of many. Pp. 49-60 In: Symposium of Island Ecosystems (eds. M.A. Pinheiro de Carvalho, G.M. Pereira da Costa, S. Hughes). University of Madeira, Center for Macaronesian Studies (CEM).


  • Gillespie, RG. 2011. Interview with Robert E. Ricklefs, recipient of the 2011 Alfred Russel Wallace award. Frontiers of Biogeography: the scientific magazine of the International Biogeography Society 3(1): 31-35.

  • Gillespie, R.G. 2010. Leaping lizards. (Review of Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree Ecology and Adaptive Radiation of Anoles. Jonathan B. Losos). Science 327:33-34.

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