Skip to main content

Dr Nick Gellie

Nick Gellie
Research Associate
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Nick Gellie submitted his PhD in January 2017 where he explored practical ways to improve restoration outcomes. This was done by testing innovative provenance selection criteria and incorporating evidence based adaptive management approaches to current practice. More recently his research includes urban green-space microbiome assessment and pollination services.

The published research from his thesis included (1) the investigation of plant local adaptation and how this knowledge can best be applied to seed collection for better restoration outcomes; (2) developing cost effective metrics to monitor and compare the regain of biodiversity during restoration (3) conceptual advances of embedded experiments used in broad-scale restoration .

An overarching theme of his research has been to align the goals of restoration practitioners, researchers and policy makers so as to create sustainable restoration outcomes. Along with his colleagues and close industry partners he is successfully applying strategies refined in his thesis to exciting restoration work in both China and Australia.

For his honors research at Flinders University of South Australia he published work on the physiology of mound spring flora in South Australia. He has undertaken vegetation monitoring and assessment (e.g. from wet tropic mangroves to range lands) for the private sector and has a background in primary industry (e.g. fisheries).

Outside of his work life he enjoys promoting, local science and the scientific process through community engagement. Nick is a foundation member of Science in the pub Adelaide which has successfully provided a monthly forum on a diverse range of topical scientific issues to Adelaide audiences since 2014.

Connect With Me

External Profiles

Other Links

Dr Nick Gellie

Nick Gellie submitted his PhD in January 2017 where he explored practical ways to improve restoration outcomes. This was done by testing innovative provenance selection criteria and incorporating evidence based adaptive management approaches to current practice. More recently his research includes urban green-space microbiome assessment and pollination services.

The published research from his thesis included (1) the investigation of plant local adaptation and how this knowledge can best be applied to seed collection for better restoration outcomes; (2) developing cost effective metrics to monitor and compare the regain of biodiversity during restoration (3) conceptual advances of embedded experiments used in broad-scale restoration .

An overarching theme of his research has been to align the goals of restoration practitioners, researchers and policy makers so as to create sustainable restoration outcomes. Along with his colleagues and close industry partners he is successfully applying strategies refined in his thesis to exciting restoration work in both China and Australia.

For his honors research at Flinders University of South Australia he published work on the physiology of mound spring flora in South Australia. He has undertaken vegetation monitoring and assessment (e.g. from wet tropic mangroves to range lands) for the private sector and has a background in primary industry (e.g. fisheries).

Outside of his work life he enjoys promoting, local science and the scientific process through community engagement. Nick is a foundation member of Science in the pub Adelaide which has successfully provided a monthly forum on a diverse range of topical scientific issues to Adelaide audiences since 2014.

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2017 - 2019 Research Associate University of Adelaide, Adelaide

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2013 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia PhD
Flinders University, Adelaide Australia BSc
Flinders University, Adelaide Australia BSc(Hons)

Research Interests

Journals

Year Citation
2018 Yan, D., Mills, J., Gellie, N., Bissett, A., Lowe, A., & Breed, M. (2018). High-throughput eDNA monitoring of fungi to track functional recovery in ecological restoration. Biological Conservation, 217, 113-120.
DOI Scopus5 WoS2
2018 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Mortimer, P., Harrison, R., Xu, J., & Lowe, A. (2018). Networked and embedded scientific experiments will improve restoration outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 16(5), 288-294.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2018 Baruch, Z., Jones, A., Hill, K., McInerney, F., Blyth, C., Caddy-Retalic, S., . . . Breed, M. (2018). Functional acclimation across microgeographic scales in Dodonaea viscosa. AoB Plants, 10(3), ply029-1-ply029-15.
DOI
2018 Breed, M. F., Harrison, P. A., Bischoff, A., Durruty, P., Gellie, N. J., Gonzales, E. K., . . . Bucharova, A. (2018). Priority actions to improve provenance decision-making. Bioscience, 68(7), 510-516.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2017 Broadhurst, L., Breed, M., Lowe, A., Bragg, J., Catullo, R., Coates, D., . . . Byrne, M. (2017). Genetic diversity and structure of the Australian flora. Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, 23(1), 41-52.
DOI Scopus11 WoS6
2017 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M., Guerin, G., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., . . . Lowe, A. (2017). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae). Austral Ecology, 42(5), 553-561.
DOI Scopus6 WoS6
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Molecular Ecology, 26(11), 2895-2904.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9
2017 Mills, J., Weinstein, P., Gellie, N., Weyrich, L., Lowe, A., & Breed, M. (2017). Urban habitat restoration provides a human health benefit through microbiome rewilding: the Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis. Restoration Ecology, 25(6), 866-872.
DOI Scopus5 WoS2
2016 Breed, M., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). Height differences in two eucalypt provenances with contrasting levels of aridity. Restoration Ecology, 24(4), 471-478.
DOI Scopus3 WoS3
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S., & Lowe, A. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Biological Conservation, 203, 226-232.
DOI Scopus9 WoS9 Europe PMC1
2015 Gellie, N., Beaumont, K., Mackay, D., Whalen, M., & Clarke, L. (2015). Growth responses of Baumea juncea (Cyperaceae) plants from inland artesian spring and coastal habitats to salinity and waterlogging treatments. Australian Journal of Botany, 63(6), 517-525.
DOI

Conference Items

Year Citation
2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Alternative provenancing strategies, theory and empirical evidence. Poster session presented at the meeting of Using non-local plants for restoration – fallacy or fundamental?. Iguassu, Brazil.
2017 Lowe, A. J., Gellie, N., Mills, J., & Breed, M. F. (2017). Future challenges in restoration plantings, and their potential solutions. Poster session presented at the meeting of Using non-local plants for restoration – fallacy or fundamental?. Iguassu, Brazil.
2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., Mills J., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Poster session presented at the meeting of Harnessing new genetic approaches to improve restoration success. Shenzhen, China.
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for resilient landscape restoration. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Mills, J., Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). Revegetation rewilds the bacterial microbiome of an old field. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Conservation genetics. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., & Lowe, A. (2016). How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?. Poster session presented at the meeting of Holistic conservation. Melbourne, Aus.
2016 Lowe, A. J., Breed, M., Gellie, N., Guerin, G. R., Mills, J., & Christmas, M. (2016). Restoring South Australia's native vegetation. Poster session presented at the meeting of ''Botany 2016 – Past, Present and Future' Symposium. South Australian NRM Science Conference.. The University of Adelaide.
2015 Gellie, N., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). That big tree’s not from around here – provenance decision –making during uncertain times. Poster session presented at the meeting of Synthesising restoration outcomes in agricultural and mined landscapes. Adelaide, Aus.
2015 Gellie, N., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2015). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for cost-effective and resilient landscape restoration. Poster session presented at the meeting of Restoration resilience. Manchester, UK.

Datasets

Year Citation
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J. G., Breed, M. F., & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 2: Soil chemistry.
DOI
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J., Breed, M., & Lowe, A. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 1: OTU raw data matrix.
DOI
2016 Gellie, N. J. C., Breed, M. F., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A., & Lowe, A. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 1; survival.
DOI
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A., & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 2 growth.
DOI
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 1: Latitude.
DOI
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. T., . . . Lowe, A. J. (2016). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 2: Elevation.
DOI

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2016 - ongoing Advisory Board Member Technical Advisory Committee Trees for Life Australia
Position
Research Associate
Phone
83137032
Campus
North Terrace
Building
The Braggs, floor 2
Room Number
2 44
Org Unit
School of Biological Sciences

top