Lynn Gillespie


Lynn Gillespie
Adjunct Professor

Office: 613-364-4075
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Dr. Gillespie's research focuses on the systematics and evolution of flowering plants. Her lab uses morphological and molecular methods to explore problems of phylogeny, biogeography, and species circumscription, including the identification and description of new taxa. Research focuses on two large families, grasses (Poaceae) and spurges (Euphorbiaceae), and on the Canadian Arctic flora.

Selected publications:
  • Consaul, L.L., Gillespie, L.J., Waterway, M.J. Evolution and polyploid origins in North American Arctic Puccinellia (Poaceae) based on nuclear ribosomal spacers and chloroplast DNA sequences. American Journal of Botany 27: 324-336, 2010
  • Gillespie, L.J., Soreng, R.J., Jacobs, S.W.L. Phylogenetic relationships of Australian Poa (Poaceae: Poinae): molecular evidence for two new genera, Saxipoa and Sylvipoa. Australian Journal of Botany 22: 413-436, 2009
  • Gillespie, L.J., Soreng, R.J., Bull, R., Jacobs, W.L., Refulio-Rodriguez, N.F. Phylogenetic relationships in subtribe Poinae (Poaceae, Poeae) based on nuclear ITS and chloroplast trnT-trnF sequences. Botany 86: 938-967, 2008
  • Gillespie, L.J. A revision of paleotropical Plukenetia (Euphorbiaceae) including two new species from Madagascar. Systematic Botany 32: 780-802, 2007

Fields of Interest

  • Biodiversity
  • Phylogeny
  • Evolution
  • Systematics
  • Taxonomy
  • Floristics
  • Molecular systematics
  • DNA barcoding
  • Arctic flora
  • Vascular plants
  • Grasses
  • Spurges
  • Poaceae
  • Euphotbiaceae
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