Doctor Amy Gilpin

Doctor Amy-Marie Gilpin is an ecologist with research interests in pollination ecology, global change biology, behavioural ecology, invasion ecology and agroecology. Amy-Marie is particularly interested in both pure and applied ecology and employs a variety of techniques such as large scale manipulative field experiments as well as manipulative glasshouse and growth cabinet experiments to study interactions between plant-pollinators and anthropogenic change. She has worked in a wide variety of Australian ecosystems including the semi-arid regions, heath and forest communities, tropical and temperate agroecosystems and in Endangered Ecological Communities of saltmarsh and mangrove along the N.S.W coast.

Her PhD investigated the combined role of the introduced honeybee (Apis mellifera) and mass flowering magnet plants on the pollination of both native and exotic plants in Australian ecosystems at the University of Wollongong.

Areas of research and teaching

Ecology, evolution and behaviour, ecological responses to climate change, pollination

Awards and recognition

  • Chair, Ecological Society of Australia, Early Career Working Group, 2017


  • Lake Macquarie Environmental Research Grant:
    Determining seed viability of endangered coastal saltmarsh plants in Lake Macquarie under climate change, 2016.


Gilpin AM, Denham AJ, Ayre AJ, (2019) 'Are there magnet plants in Australian ecosystems: Pollinator visits to neighbouring plants are not affected by proximity to mass flowering plants', Basic and Applied Ecology, vol.35, pp 34-44

Gilpin A-M, Denham AJ, Ayre DJ, (2017) 'The use of Digital Video Recorders in pollination biology', Ecological Entomology, (in press) DOI: 10.1111/een.12394

Gilpin A-M, Collette J, Ooi M, Denham AJ, Ayre DJ, (2017) 'Do introduced honeybees effect seed set and seed quality in a plant adapted for bird pollination?' Journal of Plant Ecology, vol.10, no.4, pp 721–729

Gilpin A-M, Ayre DJ, Denham AJ, (2014) 'Can the pollination biology and floral ontogeny of the threatened Acacia carneorum explain its lack of reproductive success?' Ecological Research, vol.29, pp 225-235

Denham AJ, Auld T, Ayre DJ, Forrest C, Gilpin A-M, O'Brien E, Roberts D, (2013) 'Research and conservation initiatives for the vulnerable Purple-wood wattle: a model for plant species conservation in Australia?' Australasian Plant Conservation: Journal of the Australian Network for Plant Conservation, vol.21, pp  22-24