Associate Professor Rachael Gallagher

I’m a plant ecologist and conservation scientist passionate about protecting, restoring and understanding global plant diversity.

I grew up roaming for hours along the ridgelines of our local patch of bushland on the Central Coast of New South Wales. Following my undergraduate degree in ecology, I joined the New South Wales Herbarium to digitise specimens and was instantly hooked on the possibilities of working with natural history collections in ecological research. Processing specimens, I gained a keen eye for detail about the early Australian botanists and an understanding of the taxonomic breadth in the Australian flora.

I embarked on a PhD at Macquarie University on the functional ecology of climbing plants which exposed me to the world of plant trait research. This built the foundation of my research interest into the many ways traits can be embedded into conservation science. I remain fascinated by this question and develop and apply trait-based approaches to understanding how plants will fare in a hotter, drier and more fire-prone world.

I was supported post-PhD by two fellowships which took me abroad (mainly southwestern USA) and allowed me to dip in and out of full-time academic work while parenting. After becoming a faculty member at Macquarie following my DECRA, I joined HIE in 2021. I’m increasingly interested in how we can achieve better outcomes in ecological restoration, and this is becoming the focus of large-scale experiments being set up on campus at HIE.

Since 2016, I’ve been involved in the legislative protection of Australia’s plants as a member of Threatened Species Scientific Committees for the state of New South Wales (2016-2021; Deputy Chair) and the Commonwealth of Australia (current). I see the value in using my scientific knowledge to work closely with decision makers, and sometimes be one myself.

Rachael Gallagher

Areas of research/teaching expertise

Bushfires (opens in a new window); Conservation biology; ecology; plant functional traits; biogeography; macroecology; species adaptation to climate change; global change biology

Awards and recognition

  • NSW Premiers Prize – Early Career Researcher of the Year (Biology)
  • NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute for Policy & Science
  • Member, Commonwealth Threatened Species Scientific Committee (2021-current)
  • Deputy Chair and member, NSW Threatened species Scientific Committee (2016-21)
  • Plenary Speaker, Association for Fire Ecology Conference, Italy 2022
  • Plenary Speaker, Australian Network for Plant Conservation Conference, 2022
  • Plenary Speaker, International Association for Vegetation Science Conference, 2023

Grants / Current Projects

Understanding the confluence of Eucalyptus dieback and koala habitat in NSW - Stage 1 
Co-Researchers: Rachael Nolan, Brendan Choat, Ben Moore, Belinda Medlyn, Matthias Boer
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Period: 2023-2024

Understanding the confluence of Eucalyptus dieback and koala habitat in NSW - literature review 
Co-Researchers: Rachael Nolan, Brendan Choat, Ben Moore, Belinda Medlyn, Matthias Boer
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Period: 2023-2024

Considering biodiversity in natural product supply chains
Co-researchers: Ben Smith, Paul Rymer

Partner/Funding Body: Blackmores Group
Period: 2023

NSW Bushfire and Natural Hazards Research Centre
Co-researchers: Matthias Boer, Belinda Medlyn, Rachael Nolan, Ben Smith
Partner/funding body: NSW Department of Planning and Environment
Period: 2022-2026

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust - Functional diversity metrics
Partner/Funding Body: NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust
Period: 2022

Flora assessment and nomination
Partner/Funding Body: World Wildlife Fund Australia
Period: 2022

AusTraits: a national database on the traits of Australia’s complete flora
Partner/Funding Body: Australian Research Data Commons [via The University of NSW]
Period: 2022

Lianas in a CO2-rich world

Co-Researchers: Belinda Medlyn and Matthias Boer
Partner/Funding Body: The Royal Society [via University of Nottingham]
Period: 2022

Biodiversity conservation trust functional diversity metrics via AusTraits
Funder: NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
Period: 2021-2022

CSIRO/Atlas of Living Australia Bushfire Recovery Citizen Science Partnership
Funder: Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Period: 2021-2022

Restoring diverse native vegetation with drone-based precision seeding
Co-researchers: Tetu, Mark Adams, Ian Wright, Rossetto, Cuneo and Cathy Offord
Funder: Australian Research Council Linkage
Period: 2021-2025

Resilient Landscapes Hub
Funder: National Environmental Science Program
Period: 2021-2028

ARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture
Co-Researchers: Ian Wright, Christine Beveridge, Mark Cooper, Tim Brodribb, Peter Waterhouse, John Bowman, Kevin Burrage, Dianne Donovan, Eloise Foo, David Jordan, Graeme Hammer, Robert Henry, Barbara Holland, Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, Brad Sherman and Jim Weller
Partner/Funding Body: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence
Period: 2020-2027

Prioritisation of impacts on the Australian flora after the 2019-2020 bushfire season
Funder: Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment
Period: 2020

AusTraits: a national database on the traits of Australia’s complete flora
Co-researchers: Falster, Sauquet, Wenk
Funder: Australian Research Data Commons
Period: 2021-2023

Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture
Co-Researchers: Ian Wright
Partner/Funding body: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence
Period: 2021-2028

Statewide risk mapping to inform strategic management of key threatening processes
Co-Researchers: Adams and Butt
Partner/Funding body: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Period: 2020-2021

Pushing the envelope: does range size limit eucalypt response to warming?
Co-Researchers: Mark Tjoelker and Peter Reich
Partner/Funding body: Australian Research Council Discovery
Period: 2020-2022

Eucalypt futures: using functional traits to predict species distributions and responses to environmental change
Co-Researchers: Vesk, Falster, De Kauwe, Rachael Gallagher and Guillera-Arroita
Partner/Funding body: Eucalyptus Australia
Period: 2020-2023

Australian Grasslands and Adaptation Framework
Co-researchers: Brian Atwell, Wright, Ludwig and Burton
Funder: Bioplatforms Australia
Period: 2020-2023

Review of species in the Keep Watch Management Stream of the Saving our Species program
Co-researchers: Mark Adams, Leishman, Hughes and Beaumont
Funder: NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Period: 2018-2019

Life on the edge: how species interactions shape range boundaries
Partner/Funding body: Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award
Period: 2017-2021

Which plant where, when and why database for growing urban green space
Co-Researchers: Ian Anderson, Sally Power, Mark Tjoelker and Paul Rymer
Partner/funding body: Horticulture Australia Innovation and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage
Period: 2016-2021


Adams VM, Butt N, Allen S, Pressey RL Engert JE, Gallagher RV, (2023) 'Protected, cleared, or at risk: The fate of Australian plant species under continued land use change', Biological Conservation, vol.284, art no.110201

Adeleye MA, Andrew SC, Gallagher R, van der Kaars S, De Deckker P, Hua Q, Haberle SG, (2023) 'On the timing of megafaunal extinction and associated floristic consequences in Australia through the lens of functional palaeoecology', Quaternary Science Reviews, vol.316, Article no.108263

Adeleye MA, Haberle SG, Gallagher R, Andrew SC, Herbert A, (2023) 'Changing plant functional diversity over the last 12,000 years provides perspectives for tracking future changes in vegetation communities', Nature Ecology and Evolution, vol.7, pp 224-235

Alfonzetti M, Doleac S, Mills CH, Gallagher RV, Tetu S, (2023) 'Characterizing Effects of Microbial Biostimulants and Whole-Soil Inoculums for Native Plant Revegetation', Microorganisms, vol.11, no.1, Article no.55

Alfonzetti M, Tetu SG, Mills CH, Gallagher RV, (2023) 'Assessing the efficacy of extruded seed pellets and microbial amendments for native revegetation', Restoration Ecology, vol.31, no.3, e13857

Coleman D, Gallagher RV, Falster D, Sauquet H, Wenk E, (2023) 'A workflow to create trait databases from collections of textual taxonomic descriptions', Ecological Informatics, vol.78, art no.102312

Ensbey M, Legge S, Jolly CJ, Garnett ST, Gallagher RV, Lintermans M, Nimmo DG, Rumpff L, Scheele BC, Whiterod NS, Woinarski JCZ, Ahyong ST, Blackmore CJ, Bower DS, Burbidge AH, Burns PA, Butler G, Catullo R, Chapple DG, Dickman CR, Doyle KE, Ferris J, Fisher DO, Geyle HM, Gillespie GR, Greenlees MJ, Hohnen R, Hoskin CJ, Kennard M, King AJ, Kuchinke D, Law B, Lawler I, Lawler S, Loyn R, Lunney D, Lyon J, MacHunter J, Mahony M, Mahony S, McCormack R, Melville J, Menkhorst P, Michael D, Mitchell N, Mulder E, Newell D, Pearce L, Raadik TA, Rowley JJL, Sitters H, Southwell DG, Spencer R, West M, Zukowski S, (2023) 'Animal population decline and recovery after severe fire: Relating ecological and life history traits with expert estimates of population impacts from the Australian 2019-20 megafires', Biological Conservation, vol.283, Article no.110021

Keller A, Ankenbrand MJ, Bruelheide H, Dekeyzer S, Enquist BJ, Erfanian MB, Falster DS, Gallagher RV, Hammock J, Kattge J, Leonhardt SD, Madin JS, Maitner B, Neyret M, Onstein RE, Pearse WD, Poelen JH, Salguero-Gomez R, Schneider FD, Toth AB, Penone C, (2023) 'Ten (mostly) simple rules to future-proof trait data in ecological and evolutionary sciences', Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol.14, no.2, pp 444-458

Price OF, Mikac K, Wilson N, Roberts B, Critescu RH, Gallagher R, Mallee J, Donatiou P, Webb J, Keith DA, Letnic M, Mackenzie BDE, (2023) 'Short-term impacts of the 2019–20 fire season on biodiversity in eastern Australia', Austral Ecology, vol.48, no.1, pp 3 - 11

Andrew SC, Gallagher RV, Wright IJ, Mokany K, (2022) 'Assessing the vulnerability of plant functional trait strategies to climate change', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol.31, no.6, pp 1194-1206

Auld TD, Keith DA, Gallagher RV, Tozer M, Ooi MKJ, Le Breton T, Allen S, Yates C, van Leeuwen S, Williams RJ, Mackenzie BDE, (2022) 'Frameworks for identifying priority plants and ecosystems most impacted by major fires' Australian Journal of Botany, vol.70, no.7, pp 455-493

Campbell BL, Gallagher RV, Ens EJ, (2022) 'Expanding the biocultural benefits of species distribution modelling with Indigenous collaborators: Case study from northern Australia', Biological Conservation, vol.274, Article no.109656

De Kauwe MG, Sabot MEB, Medlyn BE, Pitman AJ, Meir P, Cernusak LA, Gallagher RV, Ukkola AM, Rifai SW, Choat B, (2022) 'Towards species-level forecasts of drought-induced tree mortality risk', vol.235, no.1, pp 94-110

Diaz S, Kattge J, Cornelissen JHC, Wright IJ, Lavorel S, Dray S, Reu B, Kleyer M, Wirth C, Prentice IC, Garnier E, Bönisch G, Westoby M, Poorter H, Reich PB, Moles AT, Dickie J, Zanne AE, Chave J, Wright SJ, Sheremetiev SN, Jactel H, Baraloto C, Cerabolini BEL, Pierce S, Shipley B, Casanoves F, Joswig JS, Günther A, Falczuk V, Rüger N, Mahecha MD, Gorné LD, Amiaud B, Atkin OK, Bahn M, Baldocchi D, Beckmann M, Blonder B, Bond W, Bond-Lamberty B, Brown K, Burrascano S, Byun C, Campetella G, Cavender-Bares J, Chapin FS, Choat B, Coomes DA, Cornwell WK, Craine J, Craven D, Dainese M, de Araujo AC, de Vries FT, Domingues TF, Enquist BJ, Fagúndez J, Fang J, Fernández-Méndez F, Fernandez-Piedade MT, Ford H, Forey E, Freschet GT, Gachet S, Gallagher R, Green W, Guerin GR, Gutiérrez AG, Harrison SP, Hattingh WN, He T, Hickler T, Higgins SI, Higuchi P, Ilic J, Jackson RB, Jalili A, Jansen S, Koike F, König C, Kraft N, Kramer K, Kreft H, Kühn I, Kurokawa H, Lamb EG, Laughlin DC, Leishman M, Lewis S, Louault F, Malhado, Ana CM, Manning P, Meir P, Mencuccini M, Messier J, Miller R, Minden V, Molofsky J, Montgomery R, Montserrat-Martí G, Moretti M, Müller S, Niinemets Ü, Ogaya R, Öllerer K, Onipchenko V, Onoda Y, Ozinga WA, Pausas JG, Peco B, Penuelas J, Pillar, Valério D.dr; Pladevall C, Römermann C, Sack L, Salinas N, Sandel B, Sardans J, Schamp B, Scherer-Lorenzen M, Schulze E-D, Schweingruber F, Shiodera S, Sosinski Ê, Soudzilovskaia N, Spasojevic MJ, Swaine E, Swenson N, Tautenhahn S, Thompson K, Totte A, Urrutia-Jalabert R, Valladares F, van Bodegom P, Vasseur F, Verheyen K, Vile D, Violle C, von Holle B, Weigelt P, Weiher E, Wiemann MC, Williams M, Wright J, Zotz G, (2022) 'The global spectrum of plant form and function: enhanced species-level trait dataset', Scientific Data, vol.9, no.1, Article no.755

Esperon-Rodriguez M, Tjoelker MG, Lenoir J, Baumgartner JB, Beaumont LJ, Nipperess DA, Power SA, Richard B, Rymer PD, Gallagher RV, (2022) 'Climate change increases global risk to urban forests', Nature Climate Change, vol.12, no.10, pp 950-955

Farrell C, Livesley SJ, Arndt SK, Beaumont L, Burley H, Ellsworth D, Esperon-Rodriguez M, Fletcher TD, Gallagher R, Ossola A, Power SA, Marchin R, Rayner JP, Rymer PD, Staas L, Szota C, Williams NSG, Leishman M, (2022) 'Can we integrate ecological approaches to improve plant selection for green infrastructure?', Urban Forestry and Urban Greening, vol.76, Article no.127732

Feng X, Enquist BJ, Park DS, Boyle B, Breshears DD, Gallagher RV, Lien A, Newman EA, Burger JR, Maitner BS, Merow C, Li YQ, Huynh KM, Ernst K, Baldwin E, Foden W, Hannah L, Jorgensen PM, Kraft NJB, Lovett JC, Marquet PA, McGill BJ, Morueta-Holme N, Neves DM, Nunez-Regueiro MM, Oliveira AT, Peet RK, Pillet M, Roehrdanz PR, Sandel B, Serra-Diaz JM, Simova I, Svenning JC, Violle C, Weitemier TD, Wiser S, Lopez-Hoffman L, (2022) 'A review of the heterogeneous landscape of biodiversity databases: Opportunities and challenges for a synthesized biodiversity knowledge base', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol.31, no.7, pp 1242-1260

Gallagher RV, Allen SP, Mackenzie BDE, Keith DA, Nolan RH, Rumpff L, Gosper CR, Pegg G, van Leeuwen S, Ooi MKJ, Yates CJ, Merow C, Williams RJ, Nikolopoulos EI, Beaumont LJ, Auld TD, (2022) 'An integrated approach to assessing abiotic and biotic threats to post-fire plant species recovery: Lessons from the 2019-2020 Australian fire season', vol.31, no.10, pp 2056-2069

Gosper CR, Miller B, Gallagher RV, Kinloch J, van Dongen R, Adams E, Barrett S, Cochrane A, Comer S, McCaw L, Miller RG, Prober SM, Yates CJ, (2022) 'Mapping risk to plant populations from short fire intervals via relationships between maturation period and environmental productivity', Plant Ecology, vol.223, no.7, pp 769-787

Keith DA, Allen SP, Gallagher RV, Mackenzie BDE, Auld TD, Barrett S, Buchan A, English V, Gosper C, Kelly D, McIllwee A, Melrose RT, Miller B, Neldner VJ, Simpson CC, Tolsma AD, Rogers D, Leeuwen S, White MD, Yates CJ, Tozer MG, (2022) 'Fire-related threats and transformational change in Australian ecosystems', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vo.31, no.10, pp 2070-2084

Legge S, Rumpff L, Woinarski JCZ, Whiterod NS, Ward M, Southwell DG, Scheele BC, Nimmo DG, Lintermans M, Geyle HM, Garnett ST, Hayward-Brown B, Ensbey M, Ehmke G, Ahyong ST, Blackmore CJ, Bower DS, Brizuela-Torres D, Burbidge AH, Burns PA, Butler G, Catullo R, Chapple DG, Dickman CR, Doyle KE, Ferris J, Fisher D, Gallagher R, Gillespie GR, Greenlees MJ, Hohnen R, Hoskin CJ, Hunter D, Jolly C, Kennard M, King A, Kuchinke D, Law B, Lawler I, Lawler S, Loyn R, Lunney D, Lyon J, MacHunter J, Mahony M, Mahony S, McCormack RB, Melville J, Menkhorst P, Michael D, Mitchell N, Mulder E, Newell D, Pearce L, Raadik TA, Rowley JJL, Sitters H, Spencer R, Valavi R, West M, Wilkinson DP, Zukowski S, (2022) 'The conservation impacts of ecological disturbance: Time-bound estimates of population loss and recovery for fauna affected by the 2019-2020 Australian megafires', Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol.31, no.10, pp 2085-2104

Mifsud JCO, Gallagher RV, Holmes EC, Geoghegan JL, (2022) 'Transcriptome Mining Expands Knowledge of RNA Viruses across the Plant Kingdom', Journal of Virology, vol.96, no.24

Mokany K, McCarthy JK, Falster DS, Gallagher RV, Harwood TD, Kooyman R, Westoby M, (2022) 'Patterns and drivers of plant diversity across Australia', Ecography, vol.2022, no.11, Article no.e06426

Rudbeck AV, Sun M, Tietje M, Gallagher RV, Govaerts R, Smith SA, Svenning JC, Eiserhardt WL, (2022) 'The Darwinian shortfall in plants: phylogenetic knowledge is driven by range size', Ecography, vol.2022, no.8, Article no.e06142

Stephens RE, Sauquet H, Guerin GR, Jiang M, Falster D, Gallagher RV, (2022) 'Climate shapes community flowering periods across biomes', Journal of Biogeography, vol.49, no.7, pp 1205-1218

Ward M, Southwell D, Gallagher RV, Raadik TA, Whiterod NS, Lintermans M, Sheridan G, Nyman P, Suárez-Castro AF, Marsh J, Woinarski J, Legge S, (2022) 'Modelling the spatial extent of post-fire sedimentation threat to estimate the impacts of fire on waterways and aquatic species', Diversity and Distributions, vol.28, no.11, pp 2429-2442

Ward M, Tulloch A, Stewart R, Possingham HP, Legge S, Gallagher RV, Graham EM, Southwell D, Keith D, Dixon K, Yong CJ, Carwardine J, Cronin T, Reside AE, Watson JEM, (2022) 'Restoring habitat for fire-impacted species' across degraded Australian landscapes', Environmental Research Letters, vol.17, no.8, Article no.084036

Andres SE, Powell JR, Emery NC, Rymer PD, Gallagher RV, (2021) 'Does threatened species listing status predict climate change risk? A case study with Australian Persoonia (Proteaceae) species', Global Ecology and Conservation, vol.31, Article no.e01862

Andrew SC, Mokany K, Falster DS, Wenk E, Wright IJ, Merow C, Adams VM, Gallagher RV, (2021) 'Functional diversity of the Australian flora: Strong links to species richness and climate', Journal of Vegetation Science, vol.32,  e13018

Falster DS*, Gallagher RV*, Wenk E, Wright IJ, Indiarto D, Andrew SC, Baxter C, Lawson J, Allen S, Fuchs A, Monro A, Kar F, Adams MA, Ahrens CW, Alfonzetti M, Angevin T, Apgaua DMG, Arndt A, Atkin OK, Atkinson J, Auld TD, Baker A, von Balthazar M, Bean A, Blackman CJ, Bloomfield K, Bowman DMJS, Bragg J, Brodribb TJ, Buckton G, Burrows G, Caldwell E, Camac J, Carpenter R, Catford JA, Cawthray GR, Cernusak LA, Chandler G, Chapman AR, Cheal D, Cheesman AW, Chen S-C, Choat B, Clinton B, Clode PL, Coleman H, Cornwell WK, Cosgrove M, Crisp M, Cross E, Crous KY, Cunningham S, Curran T, Curtis E, Daws MI, DeGabriel JL, Denton MD, Dong N, Du P, Duan H, Duncan DH, Duncan RP, Duretto M, Dwyer JM, Edwards C, Esperon-Rodriguez M, Evans JR, Everingham SE, Farrell C, Firn J, Fonseca CR, French BJ, Frood D, Funk JL, Geange SR, Ghannoum O, Gleason SM, Gosper CR, Gray E, Groom PK, Grootemaat S, Gross C, Guerin G, Guja L, Hahs AK, Harrison MT, Hayes PE, Henery M, Hochuli D, Howell J, Huang G, Hughes L, Huisman J, Ilic J, Jagdish A, Jin D, Jordan G, Jurado E, Kanowski J, Kasel S, Kellermann J, Kenny B, Kohout M, Kooyman RM, Kotowska MM, Lai HR, Laliberté E, Lambers H, Lamont BB, Lanfear R, van Langevelde F, Laughlin DC, Laugier-Kitchener B-A, Laurance S, Lehmann CER, Leigh A, Leishman MR, Lenz T, Lepschi B, Lewis JD, Lim F, Liu U, Lord J, Lusk CH, Macinnis-Ng C, McPherson H, Magallón S, Manea A, López-Martinez A, Mayfield M, McCarthy JK, Meers T, van der Merwe M, Metcalfe DJ, Milberg P, Mokany K, Moles AT, Moore BD, Moore N, Morgan JW, Morris W, Muir A, Munroe S, Nicholson A, Nicolle D, Nicotra AB, Niinemets Ü, North T, O’Reilly-Nugent A, O’Sullivan OS, Oberle B, Onoda Y, Ooi MKJ, Osborne CP, Paczkowska G, Pekin B, Guilherme Pereira C, Pickering C, Pickup M, Pollock LJ, Poot P, Powell JR, Power SA, Prentice IC, Prior L, Prober SM, Read J, Reynolds V, Richards AE, Richardson B, Roderick ML, Rosell JA, Rossetto M, Rye B, Rymer PD, Sams MA, Sanson G, Sauquet H, Schmidt S, Schönenberger J, Schulze E-D, Sendall K, Sinclair S, Smith B, Smith R, Soper F, Sparrow B, Standish RJ, Staples TL, Stephens R, Szota C, Taseski G, Tasker E, Thomas F, Tissue DT, Tjoelker MG, Tng DYP, de Tombeur F, Tomlinson K, Turner NC, Veneklaas EJ, Venn S, Vesk P, VlasveldC , Vorontsova MS, Warren CA, Warwick N, Weerasinghe LK, Wells J, Westoby M, White M, Williams NSG, Wills J, Wilson PG, Yates C, Zanne AE, Zemunik G, Ziemińska K, (2021) 'AusTraits, a curated plant trait database for the Australian flora', Scientific Data, vol.8, no.1, Article no.254

Gallagher RV, Allen S, Mackenzie BD, Yates CJ, Gosper CR, Keith DA, Merow C, White MD, Wenk E, Maitner BS, He K, Adams VM, Auld TD, (2021) 'High fire frequency and the impact of the 2019–2020 megafires on Australian plant diversity', Diversity and Distributions, vol.27, pp 1166-79

Gallagher RV, Butt N, Carthey AJ, Tulloch A, Bland L, Clulow S, Newsome T, Dudaniec RY, Adams VM, (2021) 'A guide to using species trait data in conservation', One Earth, vol.23, pp 927-936

Graham V, Auld T, Beaumont L, Bell L, Dunford S, Gallagher RV, Hancock N, Leishman MR, Mitchell P, Staas L, Hughes L, (2021) 'Embedding biodiversity research into climate adaptation policy and practice', Global Change Biology, vol.27, no.19, pp 4935-4945

Jung M, Arnell A, De Lamo X, García-Rangel S, Lewis, Mark J, Miles L, Ondo I, Pironon S, Ravilious C, Rivers M, Schepaschenko D, Tallowin O, van Soesbergen A, Govaerts R, Boyle BL, Enquist BJ, Feng X, Gallagher RV, Maitner BS, Meiri S, Mulligan M, Ofer G, Roll U, Hanson JO, Jetz W, Di Marco M, McGowan J, Rinnan DS, Sachs JD, Lesiv M, Adams VM, Andrew SC, Burger JR, Hannah L, Marquet PA, McCarthy JK, Morueta-Holme N, Newman EA, Park DS, Roehrdanz PR, Svenning J-C, Violle C, Wieringa JJ, Wynne G, Fritz S, Strassburg BNB, Obersteiner M, Kapos V, Burgess N, Schmidt-Traub G, Visconti P, (2021) 'Areas of global importance for conserving terrestrial biodiversity, carbon and water', Nature Ecology & Evolution, pp 1-11

Rossetto MJ, Yap YS, Lemmon J, Bain D, Bragg J, Hogbin P, Gallagher RV, Rutherford S, Summerell B, Wilson TC, (2021) 'A conservation genomics workflow to guide practical management actions', Global Ecology and Conservation, vol.26, e01492

Schrader J, Shi P, Royer DL, Peppe DJ, Gallagher RV, Li Y, Wang R, Wright IJ, (2021) 'Leaf size estimation based on leaf length, width and shape', Annals of Botany, vol.128, pp. 395–406

Legge S, Woinarski JCZ, Garnett ST, Geyle H, Lintermans M, Nimm, DG, Rumpff L, Scheele BC, Southwell DG, Ward M, Whiterod NS, Ahyong ST, Blackmore CJ, Bower DS, Brizuela-Torres D, Burbidge AH, Burns PA, Butler G, Catullo R, Dickman CR, Doyle K, Ehmke G, Ensbe, M, Ferris J, Fisher D, Gallagher RV, Gillespie GR, Greenlees MJ, Hayward-Brown B, Hohnen R, Hoskin CJ, Hunter D, Jolly C, Kennard M, King A, Kuchinke D, Law B, Lawler I, Lawler S, Loyn R, Lunney D, Lyon J, MacHunter J, Mahony M, Mahony S, McCormack RB, Melville J, Menkhorst P, Michael D, Mitchell N, Mulder E, Newell D, Pearce L, Raadik TA, Rowley J, Sitters H, Spencer R, Valavi R, West M, Wilkinson DP & Zukowski S (2021) Estimates of the impacts of the 2019–20 fires on populations of native animal species. NESP Threatened Species Recovery Hub Project 8.3.2 report, Brisbane.

Venn SE, Gallagher RV, Nicotra AB, (2021) 'Germination at Extreme Temperatures: Implications for Alpine Shrub Encroachment', Plants, vol.10, pp 327-338

Andres SE, Powell J, Emery N, Rymer P & Gallagher RV (2021). Does threatened species listing status predict climate change risk? A case study with Australian Persoonia (Proteaceae) species. Global Ecology and Conservation, pp. e01862.

Tierney DA, Gallagher RV, Allen S & Auld TD (2021). Multiple analyses redirect management and restoration priorities for a critically endangered ecological community. Austral Ecology, vol. 46, pp. 545-560.

Gallagher RV, Falster DS, Maitner BS, Salguero-Gómez R, Vandvik, V, Pearse WD, Schneider FD, Kattge J, Poelen JH, Madin JS, Ankenbrand MJ, Penone C, Feng X, Adams VM, Alroy J, Andrew SC, Balk MA, Bland LM, Boyle BL, Bravo-Avila CH., Brennan I, Carthey AJR, Catullo R, Cavazos BR, Conde DA, Chown SL, Fadrique B, Gibb H, Halbritter AH, Hammock J, Hogan JA, Holewa H, Hope M, Iversen CM, Jochum M, Kearney M, Keller A, Mabee P, Manning P, McCormack L, Michaletz ST, Park DS, Perez TM, Pineda-Munoz S, Ray CA, Rossetto M, Sauquet H, Sparrow B, Spasojevic MJ, Telford RJ, Tobias JA, Violle C, Walls R, Weiss KCB, Westoby M, Wright IJ, Enquist BJ, (2020) 'Open Science principles for accelerating trait-based science across the Tree of Life', Nature Ecology & Evolution, vol.4, no.3, pp 294-303

Alfonzetti M, Rivers MC, Auld TD, Le Breton T, Cooney T, Stuart S, Wilkins K, Gallagher RV, (2020) 'Shortfalls in extinction risk assessments for plants', Australian Journal of Botany, vol.68, pp 466-471

Auld TD, Mackenzie B, Le Breton T, Keith DA, Ooi MK, Allen S, Gallagher RV, (2020) ‘A preliminary assessment of the impact of the 2019/2020 fires on NSW plants of national significance.’ NSW Government Department of Planning Industry and Environment: Parramatta, NSW.

Butt N, Chauvenet A, Adams VM, Beger M, Gallagher RV, Shanahan DF, Ward M,  Watson JEM, Possingham HP, (2020) 'Importance of species  translocations under rapid climate change', Conservation Biology, vol.35, pp 775-783

Carthey AJR, Blumstein DT, Gallagher RV, Tetu SG, Gillings M, (2020) 'Conserving the holobiont', Functional Ecology, vol.34, pp 764-776

Gallagher RV (2020) ‘National prioritisation of Australian plants affected by the 2019-2020 bushfire  season:  research for the Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel.’ Report to the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.

Kattge J et al. (2020). TRY plant trait database – enhanced coverage and open access Global Change Biology, vol. 26, no. 1, pp. 119-188

Merow C, Gallagher RV, Allen S, Anagnostou EN, He K, Maitner BS, Nikolopoulos EI, Shen X, Adams V, Andrew S, Enquist BJ, (2020) 'Impacts of cascading environmental hazards on Australian plant biodiversity', In: AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, vol. 2020, pp. IN020-07.

Ossola A, Hoeppner MJ, Burley HM, Gallagher RV, Beaumont LJ, et al. (2020) The Global Urban Tree Inventory: A database of the diverse tree flora that inhabits the world’s cities. Global Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 29, pp. 1907-1914

Woinarski, J, Nimmo DG, Gallagher RV, Legge S, (2020) ‘After the bushfires, we helped choose the animals and plants in most need: here's how we did it’. The Conversation.

Maitner BS, Enquist BJ, Merow C, Hannah L, Boyle B, Feng X, Newman E, McGill B, Foden W, Lovett JC, Marquet PA, Midgely G, Corlett R, Roehrdanz P, Gallagher RV, Kraft N, Morueta-Holme N, Neves D, Pillet M, Sandel B, Serra Diaz J, Simova I, et al. (2019). Forecasting future global biodiversity: Predicting current and future global plant distributions, community structure, and ecosystem function. In: AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, vol. 2019, pp. B34C-04.

Adams VM, O’Donnell J, Burley A, Lawson J, Auld TD, Brazill-Boast J, Laws CA, Gallagher RV, (2019) 'Planning for success: Why conservation programs need a strategic program for recovering species', Conservation Science and Practice, vol. 1, no. 9, pp e95

Burley H, Beaumont LJ, Ossola A, Baumgartner JB, Gallagher RV, Laffan S, Esperon-Rodriguez M, Manea A, Leishman MR, (2019) 'Substantial declines in urban tree habitat predicted under climate change', Science of the Total Environment, vol.685, pp. 451-462

Dudley A, Butt N, Auld TD, Gallagher RV, (2019) 'Using traits to assess threatened plant species response to climate change', Biodiversity and Conservation, vol.28, no.7, pp. 1905-1919

Duursma D, Gallagher RV, Griffith SC, (2019) 'Variation in the timing of avian egg‐laying in relation to climate', Ecography, vol.42, no.3, pp. 535-548

Gallagher RV, Allen SP, Wright IJ, (2019) 'Safety margins and adaptive capacity of vegetation to climate change', Scientific Reports, vol.9, no.1

Le Breton T, Zimmer HC, Gallagher RV, Cox M, Allen SP, Auld TD, (2019) 'Using IUCN criteria to perform rapid assessments of at-risk taxa', Biodiversity & Conservation, vol.28, no.4, pp. 863-883

Maher T, Mirzaei M, Pascovici D, Wright IJ, Haynes P, Gallagher RV, (2019) 'Evidence from the proteome for local adaptation to extreme heat in a widespread tree species', Functional Ecology, vol.33, no.3, pp 436-446

Maitner BS, Enquist BJ, Merow C, Hannah L, Boyle B, Feng, X, Newman, E, McGill B, Foden W, Lovett J C, Marquet PA, Midgley G, Corlett R, Roehrdanz P, Gallagher RV, Kraft N, Morueta-Holme N, Neves DM, Pillet M, Sandel B. Serra-Diaz JM, Simova I, Svenning JC, Violle C, Wiser S, Peet RK, Merchant N, Anagnostou E, Nikolopoulos E, Duncanson L, Frazier AE, Barnett D, Schildhauer M, Wilson A, Rominger A, Slingsby J, Salguero-Gomez R, ( 2019) 'Forecasting future global biodiversity: Predicting current and future global plant distributions, community structure, and ecosystem function’, AGU Fall Meeting 2019

Nipperess D, Faith DP, King DP, Manion G, Ware C, Gallagher RV, Allen SP, Williams K, (2019) ‘Implementation report: All threatened species and Known Biodiversity, NSW Baseline Biodiversity Indicators’. Report to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Sydney, Australia.

Taseki G, Beloe CJ, Gallagher RV, Chan J, Dalyrymple RL, Cornwell WK, (2019) 'A global growth‐form database for 143,616 vascular plant species', Ecology, vol.100, no.3, pp. e02614

Butt N, Gallagher RV, (2018) 'Using species traits to guide conservation actions under climate change', Climatic Change, vol.151, no.2, pp 317-332

Duursma D, Gallagher RV, Griffith SC, (2018) 'Effects of El Niño Southern Oscillation on avian breeding phenology', Diversity & Distributions, vol.24, no.8, pp 1061-1071

Duursma D, Gallagher RV, Griffith SC, (2018) 'Variation in avian egg shape and nest structure is explained by climatic conditions', Scientific Reports, vol.8, no.1

Gallagher RV, Adams VM, O’Donnell J, Lawson J, Laws CA, (2018) ‘Saving our Species Keep Watch Review: Final Report’. Report to the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Sydney, Australia.

Gallagher RV, Dudley A, Butt N, Auld TD, (2018) ‘Using plant traits to assess threatened species adaptive capacity under climate change’. Report to the NSW Adaptation Research Hub Biodiversity Node. NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Sydney, Australia.

Gallagher RV, Allen SA, Auld TD, (2018) ‘Identifying species at risk across current and future landscapes.’ Report to the NSW Adaptation Research Hub Biodiversity Node. NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Sydney, Australia.

Gaskett AC, Gallagher RV, (2018) 'Orchid diversity: Spatial and climatic patterns from herbarium records', Ecology & Evolution, vol.8, no.22, pp 11235-11245

Kendall D, Dobbs C, Gallagher RV, Beaumont LJ, Baumann L, Williams NS, Livesley SJ, (2018) 'A global comparison of the climatic niches of urban and native tree populations', Global Ecology & Biogeography, vol.27, no.5, pp 629-637

O’Donnell J, Adams VM, Gallagher RV, (2018) ‘Extension to the Keep Watch Review - Preliminary Final Report.’ Report to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage. Sydney, Australia.

Dunning L, Liabot AL, Olofsson JK, Smith EK, Vorontsova MS, Besnard G, Simpson KJ, Lundgren MR, Addicott E, Gallagher RV, Chu Y, Pennington RT, Christin P-A, Lehmann CER, (2017) 'The recent and rapid spread of Themeda triandra', Botany Letters, vol.164, no.4, pp. 327-337

Duursma D, Gallagher RV, Griffith SC, (2017) 'Characterizing opportunistic breeding at a continental scale using all available sources of phenological data: An assessment of 337 species across the Australian continent', The Auk, vol.134, no.3, pp. 509-519

Haque MD, Nipperess DA, Gallagher RV, Beaumont LJ, (2017) 'How well documented is Australia’s flora? Understanding spatial bias in vouchered plant specimens', Austral Ecology, vol.42, no.6, pp. 690-699

Leishman MR, Gallagher RV, Catford JA, Grice AT, Morgan J, Setterfield S, (2017) ‘Invasive plants and pathogens in Australia’ in Keith, DA (ed.), Australian Vegetation, 2nd edition, Cambridge University Press, pp. 207-29

Wright IJ, Dong N, Maire V, Prentice IC, Westoby M, Díaz S, Gallagher RV, Jacobs BF, Kooyman R, Law EA, Leishman MR, Niinemets Ü, Reich PB, Sack L, Villar R, Wang H & Wilf P (2017) Global climatic drivers of leaf size. Science, vol. 357, no. 6354, pp. 917-921

Gallagher RV, (2016) 'Correlates of range size variation in the Australian seed‐plant flora', Journal of Biogeography, vol.43, no.7, pp 1287-1298

Gallagher RV, Makinson RO, Hogbin P, Hancock N, (2015) 'Assisted colonization as a climate change adaptation tool', Austral Ecology, vol.40, no.1, pp 12-20

Gallagher RV, Randall R, Leishman MR, (2015) 'Trait differences between naturalized and invasive plant species independent of residence time and phylogeny', Conservation Biology, vol.29, no.2, pp 360-369

Leishman MR, Gallagher RV, (2015) 'Will there be a shift to alien‐dominated vegetation assemblages under climate change?', Diversity & Distributions, vol.21, no.7, pp 848-852

DeWalt S, Schnitzer SA, Alves LF, Bongers F, Burnham RJ, Cai Z, Carson WP, Chave J, Chuyong GB, Costa FRC, Ewango CEN, Gallagher RV, Gerwing JJ, Amezcua EG, Hart T + 21 others (2015) ‘Biogeographical patterns of liana abundance and diversity’ in Schnitzer, SA (ed.), Ecology of Lianas, 2nd edition, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK, pp. 131-146

Gallagher RV, Leishman MR,  (2015)  ‘Invasive  plants  and  invaded  ecosystems  in  Australia: implications for biodiversity’ in Stow, A (ed.), Austral Ark. The State of Wildlife in Australia and New Zealand, Cambridge University Press, pp. 105-133

Gallagher RV (2015) ‘Climbing plant diversity in Australia: taxonomy, biogeography and functional traits’ in Schnitzer, SA (ed.), Ecology of Lianas, 2nd edition, John Wiley and Sons, Ltd Chichester, UK, pp. 104-115

Leishman MR, Gallagher RV, (2015) ‘Will Alien Plant Invaders Be Advantaged Under Future Climates?’ in Canning-Clode, J (ed.), Biological Invasions in Changing Ecosystems: Vectors, Ecological Impacts, Management and Predictions, Veritas, pp. 368-388

Roger E, Duursma D, Gallagher RV, Downey PO, Hughes L, Steel J, Johnson SB, Leishman MR, (2015) 'A tool to assess potential for alien plant establishment and expansion under climate change', Journal of Environmental Management, vol.159, pp 121-127

Beaumont LJ, Gallagher RV, Leishman MR, Hughes L, Downey PO, (2014) 'How can knowledge of the climate niche inform the weed risk assessment process? A case study of Chrysanthemoides monilifera in Australia', Diversity & Distributions, vol.20, pp 613-625

Hancock N, Gallagher RV, Makinson RO, (2014) 'How ready are we to move species threatened from climate change? Insights into the assisted colonization debate from Australia', Austral Ecology, vol.39, no.7, pp 830-838

Larson E, Gallagher RV, Beaumont LJ, Olden J, (2014) 'Generalized “avatar” niche shifts improve distribution models for invasive species', Diversity & Distributions, vol.20, pp 1296-1304

Duursma D, Gallagher RV, Roger E, Hughes L, Downey PO, Leishman MR, (2013) 'Next-generation invaders? Hotspots for naturalised sleeper weeds in Australia under future climates', PLoS One, vol.8, no.12

Gallagher RV, Duursma D, O’Donnell J, Wilson P, Downey PO, Hughes L, Leishman MR, (2013) 'The grass may not always be greener: projected reductions in climatic suitability for exotic grasses under future climates in Australia', Biological Invasions, vol.15, no.5, pp 961-975

Gallagher RV, Hughes L, Leishman MR, (2013) 'Species loss and gain in communities under future climate change: consequences for functional diversity', Ecography, vol.36, no.5, pp 531-540

Kooyman RM, Zanne AE, Gallagher RV, Cornwell W, Rossetto M, O'Connor P, Parkes EA, Catterall CF, Laffan SW, Lusk CH, (2013) 'Effects of growth form and functional traits on response of woody plants to clearing and fragmentation of subtropical rainforest', Conservation Biology, vol.27, no.6, pp 1468-1477

Gallagher RV, Leishman MR, (2012) 'Contrasting patterns of trait‐based community assembly in lianas and trees from temperate Australia', Oikos, vol.121, no.12, pp 2026-2035

Gallagher RV, Leishman MR, (2012) 'A global analysis of trait variation and evolution in climbing plants', Journal of Biogeography, vol.39, no.10, pp 1757-1771

O’Donnell J, Gallagher RV, Wilson P, Downey PO,  Hughes L, Leishman MR, (2012) 'Invasion hotspots for non‐native plants in Australia under current and future climates', Global Change Biology, vol.18, no.2, pp 617-629

Gallagher RV, Leishman MR, Miller JT, Hui C, Richardson DM, Suda JM, Trávníček P, (2011) 'Invasiveness in introduced Australian acacias: the role of species traits and genome size', Diversity & Distributions, vol.17, no.5, pp 884-897

Gallagher RV, Moles AT, Leishman MR, (2011) 'Traits and ecological strategies of Australian tropical and temperate climbing plants', Journal of Biogeography, vol.38, no.5, pp 828-839

Kattge J et al. (2011) 'TRY - a global database of plant traits', Global Change Biology, vol.17, no.9, pp 2905–2935

Gallagher RV, Beaumont LJ, Hughes L, Leishman MR, (2010) 'Evidence for climatic niche and biome shifts between native and novel ranges in plant species introduced to Australia', Journal of Ecology, vol.98, no.4, pp 790-799

Gallagher RV, Hughes L, Leishman MR, Wilson P, (2010) 'Predicted impact of exotic vines on an endangered ecological community under future climate change', Biological Invasions, vol.12, no.12, pp 4049-4063

Beaumont LJ, Gallagher RV, Downey PO, Thuiller W, Leishman MR, Hughes L, (2009) 'Modelling the impact of Hieracium spp. on protected areas in Australia under future climates', Ecography, vol.5, no.32, pp 757-764

Beaumont LJ, Gallagher RV, Thuiller W, Downey PO, Leishman MR, Hughes L, (2009) 'Different climatic envelopes among invasive populations may lead to underestimations of current and future biological invasions', Diversity & Distributions, vol.3, no.15, pp 409-420

Gallagher RV, Hughes L, Leishman MR, (2009) 'Phenological trends among Australian alpine species: using herbarium records to identify climate-change indicators', Australian Journal of Botany, vol.5, no.1, pp 1-9