Associate Professor Rachael Gallagher

I’m a plant enthusiast who had a winding path into academia via art school.

Rachael Gallagher My relationship with the Australian bush runs deep, having grown up roaming for hours along the ridgelines of our local patch. This connection fuels my ongoing interest in plant conservation, ecology and biogeography. Following my undergraduate degree in ecology, I joined the New South Wales Herbarium to digitise specimens and was delighted by the history and nature of work in the herbarium. 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 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 when parenting needed to come first. After becoming a faculty member at Macquarie following my DECRA, I joined HIE in 2021.

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.

Areas of research/teaching expertise

Conservation biology; ecology; plant functional traits; biogeography; macroecology; species adaptation to climate change; global change biology

Awards and recognition

  • 2020 NSW Premiers Prize for Early Career Research (Biological Sciences)
  • 2015 NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute for Policy & Science

Grants

Past five years

Australian Research Council – Linkage. 2021-2025.
Restoring diverse native vegetation with drone-based precision seeding (Gallagher, Tetu, Adams, Wright, Rossetto, Cuneo, Offord). Partners: AirSeed Technology; Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust.

National Environmental Science Program – 2021-2028.
Resilient Landscapes Hub.

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

Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment – 2021-2022.
Species Expert Assessment Panel (plants)

Australian Research Data Commons – Australian Data Partnerships. 2021-2023.
AusTraits: a national database on the traits of Australia’s complete flora (Falster, Gallagher, Sauquet, Wenk)

Australian Research Council – Discovery. 2020-2023.
Pushing the envelope: does range size limit eucalypt tolerance to warming? (Tjoelker, Gallagher, Crous, Drake, Reich).

Australian Research Council – Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture. 2021-2028
(Associate Investigator)

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage SoS Key Threatening Process Research Fund. 2020-2021.
Statewide risk mapping to inform strategic management of Key Threatening Processes (Gallagher, Adams, Butt)

Eucalyptus Australia – 2020-2023.
Eucalypt futures: using functional traits to predict species distributions and responses to environmental change (Vesk, Falster, De Kauwe, Gallagher, Guillera-Arroita)

Australian Research Council – Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA). 2017-2021.
Life on the edge: how species interactions shape range boundaries

Bioplatforms Australia. 2020-2023.
Australian Grasslands and Adaptation Framework (Atwell, Wright, Ludwig, Burton, Gallagher)

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. 2018-2019.
Review of species in the Keep Watch Management Stream of the Saving our Species program. (Gallagher, Adams, Leishman, Hughes, Beaumont)

Horticultural Innovation Australia. 2018-2021.
Which plant where? (Leishman, Ellsworth, Hughes, Beaumont, Power, Tjoelker, Gallagher, Rymer, Anderson, Dunford, Lee, Nipperess)

Publications

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