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Principal Investigator
Rosemary Gillespie, Ph.D.
Dept. Env. Science, Policy & Management
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

Phone: (510) 642-3445
Fax: (510) 642-7428
PBI Role:
PI; Member, Steering Committee;
supervise Polynesian collections;
advise trainees
Professional Experience:
My research focuses on understanding evolutionary patterns and processes among populations and species as outlined below. My primary focus is on islands, particularly remote hotspot islands of the Pacific. Hotspot archipelagoes in which islands emanate from a single volcanic hotspot from which they are progressively carried away by a geological plate allow us to examine how communities have changed over time and thus gain insight into the nature of processes shaping communities over evolutionary time. These archipelagoes make it possible to visualize snapshots of evolutionary history. For example, the geological history of the Hawaiian archipelago is relatively well understood, with individual islands arranged linearly by age. Thus, early stages of diversification and community formation can be studied on the island of Hawaii, an island still forming, and compared to progressively later stages on the older islands of Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, and Kauai. A roughly similar chronological arrangement is found in the archipelagoes of both the Marquesas and the Societies in French Polynesia
The American Museum of Natural History, New York, in collaboration with
The California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco   The University of California, Berkeley
The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago   George Washington University, Washington DC
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