Rosemary Gillespie

Rosemary Gillespie

    • Professor & Schlinger Chair in Systematic Entomology
University of California, Berkeley,
Essig Museum of Entomology,
Dept Environmental Science,
CA 94720-3114, USA
Past President, International Biogeography Society
Past President,  American Arachnological Society
Past Treasurer International Society for Arachnology



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):

      1. Gillespie, R.G., Brewer, M.S., Roderick, G.K. 2016. Ancient Biogeography Of Generalist Predators On Remote Oceanic Islands. Journal of Biogeography, in press.
      2. 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.
      3. 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
      4. Claridge, E.M., Gillespie, R.G., Brewer, M.S., Roderick, G.K. 2016. Stepping-stones across space and time: Repeated radiation of Pacific flightless broad-nosed weevils (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae: Rhyncogonus). Journal of Biogeography, in press
      5. 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
      6. 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.
      7. 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.
      8. 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.
      9. 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.
      10. Gillespie, R.G. 2016. Island time and the interplay between ecology & evolution in species diversification. Evolutionary Applications. 9(1), pp.53-73.
      11. 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
      12. 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.
      13. 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. 2015. Community assembly on isolated islands: Macroecology meets evolution. Global Ecology and Biogeography, In press.
      14. 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.
      15. 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.
      16. 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.
      17. 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.
      18. 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
      19. 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.
      20. 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.
      21. Gillespie, R.G., Roderick G.K. 2014. Evolution: Geology and climate drive diversification. Nature 509:297-298
      22. 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
      23. 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
      24. 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.
      25. 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
      26. Gillespie, R.G. 2013. Adaptive Radiation: Convergence and Non-equilibrium. Current Biology, 23(2): R71-R74. PDF
      27. 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
      28. 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
      29. 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
      30. 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
      31. 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
      32. 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
      33. Davies, N., Field, D. & The Genomic Observatories Network*. 2012. Sequencing data: A genomic network to monitor Earth. Nature 481: 145. (* 63 authors). PDF
      34. 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
      35. 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
      36. 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
      37. 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.
      38. 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.
      39. 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
      40. 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
      41. 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
      42. 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
      43. 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
      44. 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
      45. 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
      46. 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
      47. 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
      48. 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
      49. 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
      50. 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
      51. 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
      52. Croucher, P.J.P. and R.G. Gillespie. 2009. Genomics and adaptive radiation on remote islands: The islands’ story. The Biochemist, 31:
      53. 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
      54. 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.
      55. 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
      56. 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
      57. 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
      58. 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
      59. 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
      60. 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
      61. 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
      62. Gillespie, R.G., and B.C. Emerson. 2007. Adaptation under a microscope. Nature 446: 386-387. PDF
      63. 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
      64. 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
      65. 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
      66. 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
      67. 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
      68. 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.
      69. 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.
      70. Gillespie, R.G. 2005. Geographical context of speciation in a radiation of Hawaiian Tetragnatha spiders (Araneae, Tetragnathidae) . Journal of Arachnology 33: 313-322. PDF
      71. 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
      72. Gillespie, R.G. 2005. The ecology and evolution of Hawaiian spider communities. American Scientist 93:122-131.
      73. 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
      74. 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
      75. 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
      76. 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
      77. Gillespie, R. G. 2004. Community assembly through adaptive radiation in Hawaiian spiders. Science 303 (5656): 356-359. PDF
      78. 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
      79. 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



      1. 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:

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

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

      3. 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

      4. 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

      5. 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

      6. 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

      7. 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.

      8. Gillespie RG and J.C. Spagna. 2009. Spiders. In: Encyclopedia of Insects (eds. Resh VH, Cardé R), pp. 930-940. Academic Press, San Diego.

      9. 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

      10. 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.

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

      12. 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).


    1. 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.

    2. 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.