Gillis completed a Bachelor of Science in Botany and Zoology as well as a Botany honours degree at the University of Adelaide. He has over 17 years’ experience as a botanist and ecologist, having worked in a wide range of ecosystems in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory in the public and private sector.
In 2006, he returned to academia to complete a PhD at Monash University to pursue his interests in landscape ecology and floodplain vegetation dynamics. His thesis investigated the impact of multiple stresses on the ecological dynamics of the iconic river red gum forests of the southern Murray-Darling Basin.
Gillis is responsible for the day-to-day running of the Ecology and Conservation Lab, providing technical support for research projects that focus on global change impacts on protected areas in south-eastern Australia, South Africa and Antarctica.
His responsibilities include designing and conducting invasive plant surveys, analysis of large and complex spatial datasets, compiling invasive species databases and maintaining the Lab’s occupational health and safety compliance systems. Gillis is interested in the conservation and management of biodiversity and enjoys the challenge of understanding how natural systems work.
Research Interests: Responses of plant communities to environmental change.
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