Professor Lennard Gillman

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Head of School - Science

Email: len.gillman@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2283-495X

Academic appointments:

  • Head of School, Auckland University of Technology (2010 - 2020)
  • Associate Dean, Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences (2013 - 2020)

Qualifications:

  • PhD, University of Auckland
  • BSc, University of Auckland
  • Certificate in Adult Education, Auckland University of Technology

Overview:

Len Gillman is Head of Science at Auckland University of Technology and a professor of biogeography. His research interests include polar ecology, plant ecology, global patterns in primary productivity and species richness, environmental influences on rates of genetic evolution, and conservation. He has published in international journals including; PNAS, Molecular Biology and Evolution, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Ecology, Evolution, and Frontiers in Plant Science. He has used drones for ecological and conservation research in Antarctica, Namibia, and Western Australia, and has field experience in environments from the Arctic to Antarctic and from tropical rainforests to tropical deserts. Prior to joining AUT, Len Gillman worked as a campaign manager for a New Zealand conservation organisation, he has an interest in the synergy between Art and Science and has published a YA grounded fantasy novel.

Research interests:

see google scholar profile:
https://scholar.google.co.nz/citations?user=4V6xFY8AAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao

Fields of research:

  • Conservation and Biodiversity
  • Ecology
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Lin, G., Huang, Z., Wang, L., Chen, Z., Zhang, T., Gillman, L. N., & Zhao, F. (2019). Evolutionary rates of bumblebee genomes are faster at lower elevations. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 36(6), 1215-1219. doi:10.1093/molbev/msz057

  • Bollard-Breen, B., Doshi, A., Jarvis, R., Gillman, L., Orams, M., & Gilbert, N. (2017). Use of UAS for improved monitoring and survey of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas. Report to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, Beijing, 2017: Auckland University of Technology.

  • Gillman, L. N., Wright, S. D., Cusens, J., Mcbride, P. D., Malhi, Y., & Whittaker, R. J. (2015). Latitude, productivity and species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(1). doi:10.1111/geb.12245

  • Pointing, S. B., Bollard-Breen, B., & Gillman, L. N. (2014). Diverse cryptic refuges for life during glaciation. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (Iss. 15). doi:10.1073/pnas.1403594111

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2014). Species richness and evolutionary speed: The influence of temperature, water and area. Journal of Biogeography, 41(1). doi:10.1111/jbi.12173

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2013). Species richness and evolutionary speed: The influence of temperature, water and area. Journal of Biogeography, 41(1). doi:10.1111/jbi.12173

  • Cusens, J., Wright, S. D., McBride, P. D., & Gillman, L. N. (2012). What is the form of the productivity-animal-species-richness relationship? A critical review and meta-analysis. Ecology, 93(10). Retrieved from http://www.esajournals.org.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/doi/abs/10.1890/11-1861.1

  • Wright, S. D., Gillman, L. N., Ross, H. A., & Keeling, D. J. (2010). Energy and the tempo of evolution in amphibians. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 19(5). doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00549.x

  • Goldie, X., Gillman, L., Crisp, M., & Wright, S. (2010). Evolutionary speed limited by water in arid Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0439

  • Gillman, L. N., Keeling, D. J., Ross, H. A., & Wright, S. D. (2009). Latitude, elevation and the tempo of molecular evolution in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.0674

  • Wright, S., Keeling, J., & Gillman, L. (2006). The road from Santa Rosalia: A faster tempo of evolution in tropical climates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103.

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2006). The influence of productivity on the species richness of plants: A critical assessment. Ecology, 87(5). Retrieved from http://www.esajournals.org/

Journal articles

  • Lin, G., Huang, Z., Wang, L., Chen, Z., Zhang, T., Gillman, L. N., & Zhao, F. (2019). Evolutionary rates of bumblebee genomes are faster at lower elevations. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 36(6), 1215-1219. doi:10.1093/molbev/msz057

  • Lee, K. C., Caruso, T., Archer, S. D. J., Gillman, L. N., Lau, M. C. Y., Craig Cary, S., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2018). Stochastic and deterministic effects of a moisture gradient on soil microbial communities in the McMurdo dry valleys of Antarctica. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 1-12. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.02619

  • Hinchcliffe, G., Bollard-Breen, B., Cowan, D. A., Doshi, A., Gillman, L. N., Maggs-Kolling, G., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2017). Advanced photogrammetry to assess lichen colonization in the hyper-arid Namib Desert. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.02083

  • Hinchliffe, G., Bollard-Breen, B., Cowan, D. A., Doshi, A., Gillman, L. N., Maggs-Kolling, G., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2017). Advanced photogrammetry to assess lichen colonization in the hyper-arid Namib Desert. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.02083

  • Lacap-Bugler, D. C., Lee, C. Y., Archer, S., Gillman, L. N., Lau, M. C. Y., Leuzinger, S., . . . Pointing, S. B. (2017). Global diversity of desert hypolithic cyanobacteria. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2017.00867

  • Gillman, L. (2016). Robust segmentation of aerial image data recorded for landscape ecology studies. Image and Video Technology – PSIVT 2015 Workshops, Volume 9555 2016. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30285-0_6

  • Gillman, L. N. (2016). Seedling mortality from litterfall increases with decreasing latitude. Ecology, 97(2). doi:10.1890/14-2019

  • Pointing, S., Budel, B., Convey, P., Gillman, L. N., Koerner., Leuzinger, S., & Vincent, W. (2015). Biogeography of photoautotrophs in the high polar biome. Frontiers in Plant Science, 6. doi:10.3389/fpls.2015.00692

  • Gillman, L. N., Wright, S. D., Cusens, J., Mcbride, P. D., Malhi, Y., & Whittaker, R. J. (2015). Latitude, productivity and species richness. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 24(1). doi:10.1111/geb.12245

  • McBride, P. D., Cusens, J., & Gillman, L. N. (2014). Revisiting spatial scale in the productivity-species richness relationship: Fundamental issues and global change implications. AoB Plants, 6. doi:10.1093/aobpla/plu057

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2014). Species richness and evolutionary speed: The influence of temperature, water and area. Journal of Biogeography, 41(1). doi:10.1111/jbi.12173

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2013). Patterns of evolutionary speed: In search of a causal mechanism. Diversity, 5(4). doi:10.3390/d5040811

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2013). Species richness and evolutionary speed: The influence of temperature, water and area. Journal of Biogeography, 41(1). doi:10.1111/jbi.12173

  • Cusens, J., Wright, S. D., McBride, P. D., & Gillman, L. N. (2012). What is the form of the productivity-animal-species-richness relationship? A critical review and meta-analysis. Ecology, 93(10). Retrieved from http://www.esajournals.org.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/doi/abs/10.1890/11-1861.1

  • Gillman, L. N., Mccowan, L. S. C., & Wright, S. D. (2012). The tempo of genetic evolution in birds: Body mass and climate effects. Journal of Biogeography, 39(9). Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

  • Gillman, L. N., McBride, P., Keeling, D. J., Ross, H. A., & Wright, S. D. (2011). Are rates of molecular evolution in mammals substantially accelerated in warmer environments? Reply. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 278(1710). doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.2618

  • Wright, S. D., Ross, H. A., Keeling, D. J., McBride, P., & Gillman, L. N. (2011). DOUBLE Thermal energy and the rate of genetic evolution in marine fishes. Evolutionary Ecology, 25(2).

  • Wright, S. D., Ross, H. A., Keeling, J. D., McBride, P. D., & Gillman, L. N. (2011). Thermal energy and the rate of genetic evolution in marine fishes. Evolutionary Ecology, 25(2). Retrieved from http://www.springerlink.com/content/04715lx7055411j4/fulltext.pdf

  • Wright, S. D., Gillman, L. N., Ross, H. A., & Keeling, D. J. (2010). Energy and the tempo of evolution in amphibians. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 19(5). doi:10.1111/j.1466-8238.2010.00549.x

  • Goldie, X., Gillman, L., Crisp, M., & Wright, S. (2010). Evolutionary speed limited by water in arid Australia. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277. doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.0439

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2010). Mega mistakes in meta-analyses: Devil in the details. Ecology, 91(9).

  • Gillman, L. N., Keeling, D. J., Gardner, R. C., & Wright, S. D. (2010). Faster evolution of highly conserved DNA in tropical plants. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 23(6). doi:10.1111/j.1420-9101.2010.01992.x

  • Wright, S. D., Gillman, L. N., Ross, H. A., & Keeling, D. J. (2009). Slower tempo of microevolution in island birds: Implications for conservation biology. Evolution, 63(9). doi:10.1111/j.1558-5646.2009.00717.x

  • McBride, P. D., Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2009). Current debates on the origin of species. Journal of Biological Education, 43(3). Retrieved from http://pdfserve.informaworld.com/191657_751313697_931096505.pdf

  • Gillman, L. N., Keeling, D. J., Ross, H. A., & Wright, S. D. (2009). Latitude, elevation and the tempo of molecular evolution in mammals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276. doi:10.1098/rspb.2009.0674

  • Gillman, L. N. (2008). Assessment of sustainable forest management in New Zealand indigenous forest. New Zealand Geographer, 64(1). Retrieved from http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/

  • Gillman, L. N. (2008). DOUBLE Assessment of sustainable forest management in New Zealand indigenous forest. New Zealand Geographer, 64.

  • Corfield, J., Gillman, L., & Parson, S. (2008). Vocalizations of the North Island brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli). The Auk, 125(2). Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/pss/10.1525/auk.2008.06234

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2007). Molecular evolution has wheels in the tropics. Biologist, 54.

  • Wright, S., Keeling, J., & Gillman, L. (2006). The road from Santa Rosalia: A faster tempo of evolution in tropical climates. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103.

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2006). The influence of productivity on the species richness of plants: A critical assessment. Ecology, 87(5). Retrieved from http://www.esajournals.org/

  • Gillman, L. N., & Ogden, J. (2005). Microsite heterogeneity in litterfall risk to seedlings. Austral Ecology, 30.

  • Gillman, L. N., Ogden, J., Wright, S. D., Stewart, K. L., & Walsh, D. P. (2004). The influence of macro-litterfall and forest structure on litterfall damage to seedlings. Austral Ecology, 29(3).

  • Gillman, L. N., Wright, S. D., & Ogden, J. (2003). Response of forest tree seedlings to simulated litterfall damage. Plant Ecology, 169.

  • Gillman, L. N., & Ogden, J. (2003). Seedling mortality and damage due to non-trophic animal interactions in a northern New Zealand forest. Austral Ecology, 28.

  • Gillman, L. N., Wright, S. D., & Ogden, J. (2002). Use of artificial seedlings to estimate damage of forest seedlings due to litterfall and animals. Journal of Vegetation Science, 13.

  • Gillman, L. N., & Ogden, J. (2001). Physical damage by litterfall to canopy tree seedlings in two temperate New Zealand forests. Journal of Vegetation Science, 12.

Book chapters

  • Gillman, L. N., & Wright, S. D. (2013). Effective evolutionary time and the latitudinal diversity gradient. In K. Rhode (Ed.), The balance of nature and human impact (pp. 169-180). New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

  • Gillman, L. N. (2013). Biodiversity. In S. M. Shaw, L. White, & B. Deed (Eds.), Health, wellbeing & environment in Aoteaora New Zealand (pp. 94-106). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Conference contributions

  • Bollard-Breen, B., Gillman, L., Doshi, A., Jarvis, R., Gilbert, N., Zawar-Reza, P., & Pointing, S. (2016). Novel use of low altitude remote sensing from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for improved environmental impact assessment in ASPAs. In Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) 2016 Open Science Conference.. Kuala Lumpur.

  • Acuña, R. G. G., Tao, J., Breen, D., Bollard-Breen, B., Pointing, S., Gillman, L., & Klette, R. (2016). Robust segmentation of aerial image data recorded for landscape ecology studies. In Image and Video Technology – PSIVT 2015 Workshops, LCNS Vol. 9555 (pp. 61-72). Auckland: Springer Verlag. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-30285-0_6

  • Bollard-Breen, B., Breen, D. A., Gillman, L., Jarvis, R., & Pointing, S. B. (2015). Unmanned aerial vehicle surveys in Antarctica. In 2015 Antarctic Science Conference Antarctica – A Changing Environment. Christchurch.

  • McBride, P., & Gillman, L. (2010). Paradigm shifts and the origin of species. In Applied Sciences Postgraduate Conference. .

  • Cusens, J., & Gillman, L. (2010). What is the relationship between animal species richness and productivity?. In Apllied Science Post Graduate Conference. . Retrieved from http://aut.academia.edu/CusensJarrod/Talks

  • Gillman, L. N. (2008). Leaves, limbs and Lagomorphs: The influence of micro-disturbance within NZ forests. In NZ Ecological Society Conference. Auckland.

Reports

  • Bollard-Breen, B., Doshi, A., Jarvis, R., Gillman, L., Orams, M., & Gilbert, N. (2017). Use of UAS for improved monitoring and survey of Antarctic Specially Protected Areas. Report to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, Beijing, 2017: Auckland University of Technology.

  • Doshi, A., Jarvis, R., Bollard-Breen, B., Gillman, L., Orams, M., & Gilbert, N. (2017). Using virtual reality technology for low-impact monitoring and communication of protected and historic sites in Antarctica. Report to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, Beijing, 2017: Auckland University of Technology.

Oral presentations

  • Gillman, L. (2015). Latitudinal gradients, productivity, species richness and microdisturbance. University of Canterbury. Retrieved from http://www.nzes2015.org/

  • Gillman, L. N., Wright, S. D., Cusens, J., McBride, P., & Whittaker, R. J. (2013). Latitude, productivity and species richness. Montreal.

Other outputs

  • Pointing, S. B., Bollard-Breen, B., & Gillman, L. N. (2014). Diverse cryptic refuges for life during glaciation. In Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (Iss. 15). doi:10.1073/pnas.1403594111