Research Scientist, Botany

Lynn Gillespie.

Contact Information

Email: lgillespie@mus-nature.ca
Tel: 613.364.4075
Fax: 613.364.4027

Lynn Gillespie names and classifies plants, discovering new species, and studies their evolutionary history and diversity.

Specialties

  • Systematics and evolution of flowering plants, with focus on grass (Poaceae) and spurge (Euphorbiaceae) families.
  • Arctic flora.

Education

  • Ph.D., Botany, University of California, Davis, USA, 1988.
  • M.S., Botany, University of California, Davis, USA, 1983.
  • B.Sc., Biology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, 1978.

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Poa arctica, Axel Heiberg Island.

Lynn Gillespie travels the globe to study flowering plants. Since joining the museum in 1994, she has homed in on three areas of research: Arctic plants, bluegrasses and their relatives, and plants in the poinsettia family (Euphorbiaceae). She also uses DNA sequencing to classify plants and identify new species.

Lynn is currently a co-leader of the Arctic Flora of Canada and Alaska project, an international effort that will produce a new online guide and resource for all vascular plants (ranging from club mosses to flowering plants) in Arctic Canada and Alaska.

She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa, where she teaches and supervises graduate and undergraduate students. She is a lead editor for the Flora of North America project, a member of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Plant Expert Group and has served on the Committee for the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada.

Main Research Projects

Professional Services

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Omphalea oppositifolia, Madagascar.

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON
  • Associate Editor, Botany (previously Canadian Journal of Botany), 2005-2008.
  • Flora of North America project - Lead Editor (Volume 12), Taxon Editor (Euphorbiaceae), Regional Editor (Nunavut and N.W.T.), and Board of Directors.
  • Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) - voting member representing the Canadian Museum of Nature and the Federal Biosystematics Partnership.

Students

  • Paul Sokoloff, M.Sc. (May 2008-present), Department of Biology, University of Ottawa; thesis project: Taxonomic status and conservation of Astragalus robbinsii var. fernaldii (Fabaceae).
  • Kristina Makkay, M.Sc. (2001), Department of Biology, University of Ottawa; thesis title: Factors affecting macrophyte diversity in medium-sized rivers.
  • Caroline Healy, B.Sc. honours (2001), Department of Biology, University of Ottawa; thesis title: A systematic analysis of the Saxifraga nivalis complex (Saxifragaceae) in the Canadian Arctic using morphology and chloroplast DNA data.

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Alexander Fiord, Ellesmere Island.

Gillespie, L.J. (2007). A Revision of Paleotropical Plukenetia (Euphorbiaceae) Including Two New Species from Madagascar. Systematic Botany 32(4): 780–802. (895 Kb PDF)

Gillespie, L.J. and Soreng, R.J. (2005). A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Bluegrass Genus Poa L. (Poaceae) Based on cpDNA Restriction Site Data. Systematic Botany 30: 84-105. (393 Kb PDF)

Gillespie, L.J. and Boles, R. (2001). Phylogenetic Relationships and Infraspecific Variation in Canadian Arctic Poa Based on Chloroplast DNA Restriction Site Data. Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 679-701. (214 Kb PDF; © NRC Research Press)

Links

Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
http://www.cosewic.gc.ca

Euphorbiaceae of Malesia
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/euphorbs

Flora of North America
http://www.fna.org

Flora of Thailand. Euphorbiaceae
http://www.nationaalherbarium.nl/ThaiEuph

University of Ottawa, Department of Biology
http://www.biology.uottawa.ca/details.php?lang=eng&id=170

Publications

Alsos, I.G., Gillespie, L.J. and Marusik, Y.M. (2009). Arctic Islands, Biology pp 47-55 In Gillespie, R. and Clague, D. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Islands. University of California Press, Berkeley CA.

Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J. and Waterway, M.J. (2008). A New Species of Alkaligrass (Puccinellia, Poaceae) from the Western North American Arctic. Novon 18: 16-20.

Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J. and Waterway, M.J. (2008). Systematics of Three North American Polyploid Arctic alkaligrasses (Puccinellia, Poaceae): Morphology, Ploidy, and AFLP Markers. Botany 86: 916-937.

Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J. and Waterway, M.J. (2008). Systematics of North American Arctic Diploid Puccinellia (Poaceae): Morphology, DNA Content, and AFLP Markers. Systematic Botany 33: 251-261.

Gillespie, L.J., Soreng, R.J., Bull, R., Jacobs, S.W.L. and Refulio-Rodriguez, N.F. (2008). Phylogenetic Relationships in Subtribe Poinae (Poaceae, Poeae) Based on Nuclear ITS and Chloroplast trnT-trnF Sequences. Botany 86: 938-967.

Jacobs, S.W.L., Gillespie, L.J. and Soreng, R.J. 2008. New Combinations in Hookerochloa and Poa (Gramineae). Telopea 12(2): 273-278.

Li Bingtao and L.J. Gillespie. (2008). Pachystylidium. In Wu Zhengyi, Raven, P.H. and Hong Deyuan (eds). Flora of China. Vol. 11. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Makkay, K., Pick, F.R. and Gillespie, L.J. (2008). Predicting diversity versus community composition of aquatic plants at the river scale. Aquatic Botany 88: 338-346.

Qiu Huaxing and Gillespie, L.J. (2008). Cnesmone, Megistostigma. In Wu Zhengyi, Raven, P.H. and Hong Deyuan (eds). Flora of China. Vol. 11. Missouri Botanical Garden Press, St. Louis.

Aiken, S.G., Dallwitz, M.J., Consaul, L.L., McJannet, C.L., Boles, R.L., Argus, G.W., Gillett, J.M., Scott, P.J., Elven, R., LeBlanc, M.C., Gillespie, L.J., Brysting, A.K., Solstad, H., and Harris, J.G. (2007). Flora of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago: Descriptions, Illustrations, Identification, and Information Retrieval. [CD-ROM] NRC Research Press, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa.

Gillespie, L.J. (2007). Omphalea, Pachystylidium. In Santisuk, T. and Larsen, K. (eds). Flora of Thailand. Vol. 8(2). Euphorbiaceae. Forestry Department. Bangkok, Thailand.

Gillespie, L.J. (2007). A Revision of Paleotropical Plukenetia (Euphorbiaceae) Including Two New Species from Madagascar. Systematic Botany 32(4): 780–802.

Gillespie, L.J., Archambault, A. and Soreng, R.J. (2007). Phylogeny of Poa (Poaceae) Based on trnT-trnF Sequence Data: Major Clades and Basal Relationships. In Columbus, J.T., Friar, E.A., Porter, J.M., Prince, L.M. and Simpson, M.G. (Editors), Monocots: Comparative Biology and Evolution-Poales. Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Claremont, California, Aliso 23: 420-434.

Gillespie, L.J. and Larsen, S.S. (2007). Plukenetia. In Santisuk, T. and Larsen, K. (eds). Flora of Thailand. Vol. 8(2). Euphorbiaceae. Forestry Department. Bangkok, Thailand.

Soreng, R.J., and Gillespie, L.J. (2007). Nicoraepoa (Poaceae, Poeae), a New South American Genus Based on Poa Subgenus Andinae, and Emendation of Poa section Parodiochloa of the Sub-Antarctic Islands. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 94: 821–849.

Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J. and MacInnes, K.I. (2005, published 2007). Addition to the Flora of Canada? A Specimen from the Arctic Archipelago, Northwest Territories Links Two Allopatric Species of Alkali Grass (Puccinellia). The Canadian Field-Naturalist 119(4): 497-506.

Gillespie, L.J. and Soreng, R.J. (2005). A Phylogenetic Analysis of the Bluegrass Genus Poa L. (Poaceae) Based on cpDNA Restriction Site Data. Systematic Botany 30: 84-105.

Kite, G.C., Hoffmann, P., Lees, D.C., Wurdack, K.J. and Gillespie, L.J. (2005). a-Homonojirimycin and Other Polyhydroxyalkaloids in Suregada Roxb. Ex Rottl. (Euphorbiaceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology 33: 1183-1186.

Healy, C. and Gillespie, L.J. (2004, published 2005). A systematic analysis of the Saxifraga nivalis complex (Saxifragaceae) in the Canadian Arctic using morphology and chloroplast DNA data. The Canadian Field-Naturalist 118: 326-340.

Hollowell, T., Gillespie, L.J., Funk, V.A. and Kelloff, C.L. (2003). Smithsonian Plant Collections, Guyana: 1989-1991, Lynn J. Gillespie. Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 44. 104 pp.

Gillespie, L.J. (2002). Euphorbiaceae. In Mori, S.A., Cremers, G., Gracie, C.A., de Granville, J.-J., Heald, S.V., Hoff, M. and Mitchell, J.D. (eds.), Guide to the Vascular Plants of Central French Guiana, Part 2. Dicotyledons. Memoirs of the New York Botanical Garden 76(2): 266-298.

Consaul, L.L. and Gillespie, L.J. (2001). A Re-evaluation of Species Limits in Canadian Arctic Island Puccinellia (Poaceae): Resolving Key Characters. Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 927-956.

Gillespie, L.J. and Boles, R. (2001). Phylogenetic Relationships and Infraspecific Variation in Canadian Arctic Poa based on Chloroplast DNA Restriction Site Data. Canadian Journal of Botany 79: 679-701.

Suárez-Cervera, M., Gillespie, L.J., Arcalís, E., Castells, T., Márquez, J., Le-Thomas, A., Lobreau-Callen, D., Seoane-Camba, J.A. (2001). Taxonomic Significance of the Apertural Structure in the Euphorbiaceae Pollen Grains: Tribes Plukenetieae and Euphorbieae. Grana 40: 78-104.

Aiken, S.G., Dallwitz, M.J., McJannet, C.L., Gillespie, L.J. and Consaul, L.L. (1999). Saxifragaceae of the Canadian Arctic Archipelago: a Delta Database for Interactive Identification and Illustrated Information Retrieval. Canadian Journal of Botany 76: 2020-2036.

Fernández-González, D., Marquez, D., Gillespie, L.J. and Suárez-Cervera, M. (1999). Pollen Grain Ultrastructure of Two African Species of the Subtribe Tragiinae (Euphorbiaceae). Palaeoecology in Africa 26: 201-205.

Gillespie, L.J. (1999). Euphorbiaceae: Acidoton, Astrococcus, Haematostemon, Omphale, Pera, Plukenetia, Tragia. In Steyermark, J.A. et al. (eds.), Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana. Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis MO and Timber Press, Portland OR.

Roberts-Pichette, P. and Gillespie, L.J. (1999). Terrestrial Vegetation Biodiversity Monitoring Protocols. Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network (EMAN) Occasional Paper Series, Report No. 9. (90 pp). http://www.eman-rese.ca/eman/ecotools/protocols/terrestrial/vegetation (website consulted December 17, 2008).

Gillespie, L.J. (1997). Omphalea (Euphorbiaceae) in Madagascar: A New Species and a New Combination. Novon 7: 127-136.

Gillespie, L.J., Aiken, S.A. and Consaul, L.L. (1997). Hybridization and the Origin of the Arctic Grass Poa hartzii (Poaceae): Evidence from Morphology and Chloroplast DNA Restriction Site Data. Canadian Journal of Botany 75: 1978-1997.

Gillespie, L.J. and Armbruster, W.S. (1997). A Contribution to the Guianan Flora: Dalechampia, Haematostemon, Omphalea, Pera, Plukenetia, and Tragia (Euphorbiaceae) with Notes on Subfamily Acalyphoideae. Smithsonian Contributions to Botany. Vol. 86. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington DC.

Soltis, D.E., Soltis, P.S., Nickrent, D.L., Johnson, L.A., Hahn, W.J., Hoot, S.B., Sakamoto, J.A., Kuzoff, R.K., Kron, K.A., Chase, M.W., Swensen, S.M., Zimmer, E.A., Chaw, S., Gillespie, L.J., Kress, J.W. and Sytsma, K.J. 1997. Angiosperm Phylogeny Inferred from 18S Ribosomal DNA Sequences. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 84: 1-49.

Gillespie, L.J. (1994). Pollen Morphology and Phylogeny of the Plukenetieae (Euphorbiaceae). Proceedings of the International Conference on the Systematics of the Euphorbiaceae, 1989. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 81: 317-348.

Gillespie, L.J. (1994). A New Section and Two New Species of Tragia (Euphorbiaceae) from Venezuelan Guayana and French Guiana. Novon 4: 330-338.

Gillespie, L.J. and Nowicke, J.W. (1994). Systematic Implications of Pollen Morphology in Gnetum. Acta Gallica 141: 131-139.

Gillespie, L.J. (1993). Euphorbiaceae of the Guianas: Annotated Species Checklist and Key to the Genera. Brittonia 45: 56-94.

Gillespie, L.J. (1993). A Synopsis of Neotropical Plukenetia (Euphorbiaceae) Including Two New Species. Systematic Botany 18: 575-592.

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