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1987 …2020

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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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Research Outputs

A synthesis of bacterial and archaeal phenotypic trait data

Madin, J. S., Nielsen, D. A., Brbic, M., Corkrey, R., Danko, D., Edwards, K., Engqvist, M. K. M., Fierer, N., Geoghegan, J. L., Gillings, M., Kyrpides, N. C., Litchman, E., Mason, C. E., Moore, L., Nielsen, S. L., Paulsen, I. T., Price, N. D., Reddy, T. B. K., Richards, M. A., Rocha, E. P. C. & 9 others, Schmidt, T. M., Shaaban, H., Shukla, M., Supek, F., Tetu, S. G., Vieira-Silva, S., Wattam, A. R., Westfall, D. A. & Westoby, M., 5 Jun 2020, In : Scientific Data. 7, 8 p., 170.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • Conserving the holobiont

    Carthey, A. J. R., Blumstein, D. T., Gallagher, R. V., Tetu, S. G. & Gillings, M. R., Apr 2020, In : Functional Ecology. 34, 4, p. 764-776 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Dynamics of class 1 integrons in aerobic biofilm reactors spiked with antibiotics

    Huyan, J., Tian, Z., Zhang, Y., Zhang, H., Shi, Y., Gillings, M. R. & Yang, M., Jul 2020, In : Environment International. 140, 9 p., 105816.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Novel Transposon Tn6433 variants accelerate the dissemination of tet(E) in Aeromonas in an aerobic biofilm reactor under oxytetracycline stresses

    Shi, Y., Tian, Z., Gillings, M. R., Zhang, Y., Zhang, H., Huyan, J. & Yang, M., 2 Jun 2020, In : Environmental Science and Technology. 54, 11, p. 6781-6791 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Phylogeny and form in fishes: genetic and morphometric characteristics of dragonets (Foetorepus sp.) do not align

    Myun Park, J., Powell, N. N., Gillings, M. R., Gaston, T. F. & Williamson, J. E., Apr 2020, In : Acta Zoologica. 101, 2, p. 218-226 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Prizes

    Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning

    Wade Tozer (Team leader), Mark Westoby (Recipient), Marie Herberstein (Recipient) & Michael Gillings (Recipient), 2011

    Prize: Teaching award