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Michael Gillings is in the Department of Biological Sciences at Macquarie University, where he is Professor of Molecular Evolution. In general, his interests focus on genetic diversity and its role in evolution. This allows an eclectic research program, with papers on viruses, bacteria, fungi, diatoms, green algae, invertebrates, plants, sharks, and mammals in the last five years. Two of his main research programs include the origins and environmental consequences of antibiotic resistance, and the new geological era of the Anthropocene, precipitated by human effects on planetary systems. He teaches a large first year class, with 1100 students, and contributes regularly to radio, television and on-line forums.

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Projects 2006 2020

Research Outputs 1987 2019

Pteropus poliocephalus
antibiotic resistance
Microbial Drug Resistance

Characterization of 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the Port Jackson Shark, Heterodontus portusjacksoni (Meyer, 1793)

Clark, J. A., Brown, C., Gillings, M. R., Gardner, M., Williamson, J. E., Izzo, C. & Day, J., Feb 2019, In : Marine Biodiversity. 49, 1, p. 505–508 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

microsatellite repeats

High diversity and rapid spatial turnover of integron gene cassettes in soil

Ghaly, T. M., Geoghegan, J. L., Alroy, J. & Gillings, M. R., May 2019, In : Environmental microbiology. 21, 5, p. 1567-1574 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Microbial genomes as extension packs for macroorganismal diversity: a reply to Morimoto and Baltrus

Carthey, A. J. R., Gillings, M. R. & Blumstein, D. T., Mar 2019, In : Trends in Ecology and Evolution. 34, 3, p. 188 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearch

Population genetic analyses reveal female reproductive philopatry in the oviparous Port Jackson shark

Day, J., Clark, J. A., Williamson, J. E., Brown, C. & Gillings, M., 2019, In : Marine and Freshwater Research. 70, 7, p. 986-994 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

population genetics
genetic differentiation