Rosemary Gillespie

Rosemary Gillespie

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Professor & Schlinger Chair in Systematic Entomology

University of California, Berkeley,
Essig Museum of Entomology,
Dept Environmental Science,
CA 94720-3114, USA
President, American Genetics Association
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Past President, International Biogeography Society
Past President,  American Arachnological Society
Past Treasurer International Society for Arachnology
Presentation on Cal Futures Forum; link here

My research focuses on understanding evolutionary patterns and processes among populations and species. My primary focus is on islands, particularly remote hotspot islands of the Pacific. Hotspot archipelagoes – in which islands emanate from a single volcanic hotspot from which they are progressively carried away by a geological plate – allow us to examine how communities have changed over time and thus gain insight into the nature of processes shaping communities over evolutionary time.  These archipelagoes make it possible to visualize snapshots of evolutionary history. For example, the geological history of the Hawaiian archipelago is relatively well understood, with individual islands arranged linearly by age. Thus, early stages of diversification and community formation can be studied on the island of Hawaii, an island still forming, and compared to progressively later stages on the older islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. A roughly similar chronological arrangement is found in the archipelagoes of both the Marquesas and the Societies in French Polynesia.


Journal publications (since 2004):

Krehenwinkel, H., Kennedy, S, Rueda, A., Gillespie, R.G. 2018. Scaling up DNA barcoding – Primer sets for simple and cost efficient arthropod systematics by multiplex PCR and Illumina amplicon sequencing. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 8(1): 126-134.

Cotoras, D.O., Bi, K., Brewer, M.S., Lindberg, D.R., Prost, S, Gillespie, R.G. 2018 Co-occurrence of Ecologically Similar Species of Hawaiian Spiders Reveals Critical Early Phase of Adaptive Radiation. BMC Evolutionary Biology 18(1):100.

Zobel-Thropp, P.A., Bulger, E.A., Cordes, M.H., Binford, G.J., Gillespie, R.G. and Brewer, M.S., 2017. Sexually dimorphic venom proteins in long-jawed orb-weaving spiders (Tetragnatha) with potential roles in sexual interactions. PeerJ, 6, p.e4691.

Hembry DH, Raimundo RLG, Newman EA, Atkinson L, Guo C, Guimarães PR Jr, Gillespie RG. 2018. Does biological intimacy shape ecological network structure? A test using a brood pollination mutualism on continental and oceanic islands. Journal of Animal Ecology, in press.

Kennedy, Susan; Dawson, Todd; Gillespie Rosemary G. 2018. Stable isotopes reflect substrate properties and trophic ecology in spiders along a Hawaiian chronosequence. PeerJ 6: e4527.

Maas, D.L., Prost, S., Bi, K., Smith, L., Armstrong, E.A., Aji, L.P., Toha, A.H.A., Gillespie, R.G., Becking, L.E. 2018. Sustained evolution-mediated priority effects shape divergence of mussels in insular environments. Molecular Ecology, 27(7), 1556-1571.

Gillespie, R.G., Benjamin, S.P., Brewer, M.S., Rivera, M.A.J., Roderick, G.K. 2018. Repeated Diversification Of Ecomorphs In Hawaiian Stick Spiders. Current Biology, 28(6), pp.941-947.

Borges, PAV, Cardoso, P., Kreft, H., Whittaker, R.J., Fattorini, S., Emerson, B.C., Gil, A., Gillespie, R.G., Matthews, TJ, Santos, AMC, Steinbauer, MJ, Thébaud, C., Ah-Peng, C., Amorim, IR, Calvo Aranda, S., Moura Arroz, A., Azevedo, JM, Boieiro, M., Borda-de-Água, L., Carvalho, JC, Elias, RB, Fernández-Palacios, JM, Florencio, M., González-Mancebo, JM, Heaney, LR, Hortal, J, Kueffer, C, Lequette, B, Martín-Esquivel, JL, López, H., Lamelas-López, L., Marcelino, J., Nunes, R., Oromí, P, Patiño, J., Pérez, AJ, Rego, C, Ribeiro, SP, Rigal, F, Rodrigues, P, Rominger, AJ, Santos-Reis, M, Schaefer, H., Sérgio, C., Serrano, ARM, Sim-Sim, M, Stephenson, P.J., Soares, AO, Strasberg, D., Vanderporten, A, Vieira, V., Gabriel, R. 2018. A Global Island Monitoring Scheme (GIMS) for the long-term coordinated survey and monitoring of native island forest biota. Biodiversity and Conservation 1-20.

Krehenwinkel, H., Fong, M., Huang, E.G., Suzuki, N., Cayetano, L., Kennedy, S, Gillespie, R.G. 2018. The effect of DNA degradation bias in passive sampling devices on metabarcoding studies of arthropod communities and their associated microbiota. PloS one 13 (1): e0189188.

Cotoras, D. D., Murray, G.G.R., Kapp, J., Gillespie, R.G., Griswold, C., Simison, W.B., Green, R.E., Shapiro, B. 2017. Ancient DNA resolves the history of Tetragnatha spiders on Rapa Nui. Genes 8(12), 403.

Krehenwinkel, Henrik, Wolf, Madeline, Lim, Jun Ying, Rominger, Andrew J., Simison, Warren B., Gillespie, Rosemary G. 2017. Estimating and mitigating amplification bias in qualitative and quantitative arthropod metabarcoding. Scientific Reports. 7(1), p.17668.

Graham, N., Lim, J.Y., Gruner, DS, Gillespie, R.G. 2017. Island ecology and evolution: challenges in the Anthropocene. Environmental Conservation, 44(4) 323-335. DOI: 10.1017/S037689291700031

Gawryszewski, F., Calero Torralbo, M.A., Gillespie, R.G., Rodríguez-Gironés Arbolí, M.A., Herberstein, M. 2017. Correlated evolution between colouration and ambush site in predators with visual prey lures. Evolution 71(8):2010-2021. doi: 10.1111/evo.13271

Gillespie, R.G., Brewer, M.S., Roderick, G.K. 2017. Ancient biogeography of generalist predators on remote oceanic islands. Journal of Biogeography, 44(5): 1098-1109

Cotoras, D.D., Brewer, M.S., Croucher, P.J.P, Oxford, G.S., Lindberg, D.R., Gillespie, R.G. 2017. Convergent evolution in the colour polymorphism of Selkirkiella spiders (Theridiidae) from the South American temperate rainforest . Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 120(3): 649-663

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. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12647

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(4): 784–796

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. 135(3): 200-210

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 interplay between ecology & evolution in species diversification. Evolutionary Applications. 9(1), pp.53-73.

Rominger, A.J., Goodman, K. R., Lim, J.Y., Valdovinos, F.S, 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., Gruner, D. S., Gillespie, R. G. 2016. Community assembly on isolated islands: Macroecology meets evolution. Global Ecology and Biogeography 25, 769–780. Invited contribution

Medeiros, M.J. and R.G. Gillespie. 2015. Geographic exploration within a highly niche conserved moth in the Hawaiian archipelago. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, In press.

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, In press.

Brewer, M.S., Carter, R., Croucher, P.J.P, Gillespie, R.G. 2015. Shifting Habitats, Morphology and Selective Pressures: Developmental Polyphenism in an Adaptive Radiation of Hawaiian Spiders. Evolution, 69: 162-178.

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, 69: 462–481.

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 Spiders. Journal 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

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.

Hembry, 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

Hembry, D.H., Okamoto, T., McCormack, G., Gillespie, R.G. 2013. Phytophagous insect community assembly through niche conservatism on oceanic islands. J. Biogeog. 40: 225-235

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. PDF

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

Barnosky, 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

Gillespie, 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

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:

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. Island 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



Gillespie, 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 Will, K. 2018. Biodiversity of Arthropods on Islands. IN: Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society Ed. R. Foottit. Wiley.

Berry, A and Gillespie R.G. 2018. Island Evolution & Biodiversity. IN: International Handbook of Island Studies Ed. Godfrey Baldacchino. Routledge. ISBN is: 978-1-4714-8338-6 (hardback), 978-1-315-55664-2 (e-book)

Gillespie, R.G., A.J. Rominger, J.Y. Lim. 2018. The theory of evolutionary biogeography. Chapter 16 IN: The Theory of Evolution, Ed. S. Scheiner, D. Mindell. University of Chicago Press

Roderick, G.K. and Gillespie, R.G. 2016. Arthropodes terrestres des îles Marquises : diversité et évolution. In Galzin R., Duron S.-D. & Meyer J.-Y. (eds), Biodiversité terrestre et marine des îles Marquises, Polynésie française. Société Française d’Ichtyologie, Paris : 391-404.

Gillespie, RG. 2016. Biogeography of arthropods. IN: Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Biology ed. R.M. Kliman. Elsevier.

Gillespie, R.G. 2014. Island Biogeography. IN: International Encyclopedia of Geography. Ed. Douglas Richardson. Wiley-Blackwell and the Association of American Geographers.

Gillespie, R.G. and Parent, C.E. 2014. Adaptive Radiation. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Evolutionary Biology. Ed. J.B. Losos.

Gillespie, RG. 2013. Biogeography. Pp. 154-185. IN: Spider Research in the 21st Century. Ed. D. Penney, Siri Scientific PressGillespie, RG. 2013. Biogeography IN: Spider Research in the 21st Century. Ed. D. Penney, Siri Scientific Press

Gillespie, RG and BG Baldwin. 2009. 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: Encyclopedia 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.