Doctor Amy-Marie Gilpin

Doctor Amy-Marie Gilpin

Lecturer in Invertebrate Ecology,
Dean's Unit, School of Science


Doctor Amy-Marie Gilpin was awarded a Research Support Program Fellowship in 2021. Her research centres on understanding the effect of fire on plant-pollinator networks.

Amy-Marie is interested in the ecology and conservation of invertebrate and vertebrate pollinators and the pollination function they provide within both natural and agricultural ecosystems. Her research to date has largely focussed on identifying interactions between pollinators and the plants they rely upon. She has also worked extensively on agriculturally important crops within both temperate and tropical regions of Australia. In addition, Amy-Marie’s research focusses on ways to conserve pollinators within agricultural and urban areas with particular focus on floral resources and nesting habitat to support healthy pollinator populations within these systems. Amy-Marie employs a variety of methods from multiple disciplines including large-scale manipulative field and glasshouse experiments to determine the effects of climate change on floral resources and pollinators. She uses an integrative approach to understand firstly who are the pollinators and then what is there effect on surrounding plants, ecosystems, plant mating systems, seed fitness as well as fruit quality and yield.

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  • PhD University of Wollongong
  • BSc (Hons) University of Wollongong

Professional Memberships

  • IUCN Wild Bee Specialist Group Oceania (2023 - 2024)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Science


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Phone: (02) 4570 1017
Location: R2.G.13

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Journal Articles

  • Dorey, J., Davies, O., Magnacca, K., Schwarz, M., Gilpin, A., Ramage, T., Tuiwawa, M., Groom, S., Stevens, M. and Parslow, B. (2024), 'Canopy specialist Hylaeus bees highlight sampling biases and resolve Michener's mystery', Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, vol 12 .
  • Wright, I., Christie, A. and Gilpin, A. (2024), 'Water quality of roof-harvested drinking water tanks in a rural area near a gold and copper mine : potential health risk from a layer of metal-enriched water and sediment', Water, vol 16, no 5 .
  • Sheoran, S., Kalkal, D., Chauhan, R., Rolania, K., Ahlawat, S. and Gilpin, A. (2023), 'Insecticide efficacy against Earias species infestation of okra and residue analysis of chlorantraniliprole under field conditions in India', Horticulturae, vol 9, no 3 .
  • Lopresti, L., Sommerville, K., Gilpin, A. and Minchinton, T. (2023), 'Reproductive biology of rainforest Rutaceae : floral biology, breeding systems and pollination vectors of Acronychia oblongifolia and Sarcomelicope simplicifolia subsp. simplicifolia', Cunninghamia, vol 23 , pp 11 - 26.
  • Lopresti, L., Sommerville, K., Gilpin, A. and Minchinton, T. (2023), 'Floral biology, pollination vectors and breeding system of Zieria granulata (Rutaceae), an endangered shrub endemic to eastern Australia', Australian Journal of Botany, vol 71, no 5 , pp 252 - 268.
  • Finch, J., Gilpin, A. and Cook, J. (2023), 'Fishing for flies : testing the efficacy of "stink stations" for promoting blow flies as pollinators in mango orchards', Journal of Pollination Ecology, vol 33 , pp 79 - 99.
  • Liyange, G., Gilpin, A., Offord, C. and Martyn Yenson, A. (2023), 'Seed biology can inform conservation actions : a case study on Geijera parviflora', Australian Journal of Botany, vol 71, no 8 , pp 462 - 476.
  • Gilpin, A., O'Brien, C., Kobel, C., Brettell, L., Cook, J. and Power, S. (2022), 'Co-flowering plants support diverse pollinator populations and facilitate pollinator visitation to sweet cherry crops', Basic and Applied Ecology, vol 63 , pp 36 - 48.
  • Gilpin, A., Kobel, C., Brettell, L., O'Brien, C., Cook, J. and Power, S. (2022), 'Co-flowering species richness increases pollinator visitation to apple flowers', Agriculture, vol 12, no 8 .
  • Gilpin, A., Brettell, L., Cook, J. and Power, S. (2022), 'The use of trap-nests to support crop pollinators in agricultural areas', Ecological Research, vol 37, no 6 , pp 768 - 779.
  • Ollerton, J., Trunschke, J., Havens, K., Landaverde-Gonzalez, P., Keller, A., Gilpin, A. and et al, .. (2022), 'Pollinator-flower interactions in gardens during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown of 2020', Journal of Pollination Ecology, vol 32, no 9 , pp 87 - 96.
  • Schmidt, L., Gilpin, A., Cook, J., Rymer, P., Gibson-Roy, P., Craigie, S. and Power, S. (2020), 'Restoration of native wildflower patches in agronomic settings for diverse and healthy pollinator populations', Australasian Plant Conservation, vol 28, no 4 , pp 17 - 19.
  • Gilpin, A., Denham, A. and Ayre, D. (2019), 'Do mass flowering agricultural species affect the pollination of Australian native plants through localised depletion of pollinators or pollinator spillover effects?', Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, vol 277 , pp 83 - 94.
  • Gilpin, A., Denham, A. and Ayre, D. (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., Collette, J., Denham, A., Ooi, M. and Ayre, D. (2017), 'Do introduced honeybees affect 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., Denham, A. and Ayre, D. (2017), 'The use of digital video recorders in pollination biology', Ecological Entomology, vol 42, no 4 , pp 383 - 388.
  • Gilpin, A., Ayre, D. and Denham, A. (2014), 'Can the pollination biology and floral ontogeny of the threatened Acacia carneorum explain its lack of reproductive success?', Ecological Research, vol 29, no 2 , pp 225 - 235.
  • Denham, A., Auld, T., Ayre, D., Forrest, C., Gilpin, A., O'Brien, E. and Roberts, D. (2013), 'Research and conservation initiatives for the vulnerable purple-wood wattle : a model for plant species conservation in Australia?', Australasian Plant Conservation, vol 21, no 3 , pp 22 - 24.

Current research includes:

  • Understanding the nesting habitat requirements, nest architecture and sociality of ground-nesting bees.
  • Determining the effect of fire severity and history on the flowering phenology and vertebrate pollinators of Spotted gum (Corymbia maculata).
  • Documenting interactions between native bees and introduced honeybees and understanding the impact on native plant-pollinator networks.
  • Assessing plant-pollinator dynamics at the interface between agricultural and natural ecosystems.
  • Understanding the effect of anthropogenic change (fire, drought and increased CO2) on plant-pollinator interactions.

Areas of research and teaching

  • Ecology, Conservation Biology, Pollination, Animal Behaviour, Ecological Responses to Climate Change.

Professional Service

IUCN Wild Bee Specialist Group (opens in new window) Oceania Committee member 2023.Communications correspondent for Birds In Backyards, Birdlife Australia, 2022.Chair, Ecological Society of Australia, Early Career Working Group, 2017-2018.

  • Organising committee, Job application workshop for Higher Degree and Early Career Researchers at the Ecological Society of Australia Conference, Brisbane, 2018.
  • Conference organising committee, Early Career Researcher Twitter Conference supported by the Ecological Society of Australia and The International Network of Next Generation Ecologists, 2017

This information has been contributed by Doctor Gilpin.

Previous Projects

Title: Hunter Ecoregional Planting guide for Pollinators
  • Wheen Bee Foundation
Western Researchers: Amy-Marie Gilpin
Years: 2023-07-24 - 2023-10-10
ID: P00028874
Title: Ecoregional planting guide for agroecosystems in the Blue Mountains
  • Wheen Bee Foundation
Western Researchers: James Cook, Sally Power and Amy-Marie Gilpin
Years: 2020-09-01 - 2021-04-15
ID: P00026744
Title: The regreening of the Blue Mountains: Using citizen science to study post-fire recovery in the Blue Mountains
  • Department of Planning and Environment
Western Researchers: Belinda Medlyn, Paul Rymer, Sally Power, Brendan Choat, Rachael Nolan, Amy-Marie Gilpin, Uffe Nielsen, Matthias Boer, Kate Umbers and Ben Moore
Years: 2021-05-01 - 2022-06-30
ID: P00027295
Title: Loss of horticultural pollination services from wild insects following bushfires
  • Horticulture Innovation Australia (ACRG)
Western Researchers: James Cook, Sally Power, Simon Tierney and Amy-Marie Gilpin
Years: 2021-06-15 - 2023-11-04
ID: P00027349
Title: Increasing pollinator diversity by restoring and linking habitat across landscapes
  • Upper Campaspe Landcare Network
  • University of Western Sydney
Western Researchers: Amy-Marie Gilpin
Years: 2021-01-04 - 2022-12-16
ID: P00026892


Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Effects of Landscape Scale Floristic Diversity on Pollinator Performance and Crop Pollination Efficiency
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Selective Enhancement of Native Flora for Diverse and Sustainable Pollinator Populations in Australian Agroecosystems under Climate Change
Field of Research: Ecology And Evolution; Biological Sciences, N.e.c.
Thesis Title: Understanding interactions between introduced honeybees and native bees on communal floral resources.
Field of Research:

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