Staff profile: Dr John Gollan

Position title:
Scientific Officer
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Collection Informatics
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I started my career in science in 1999, with a BSc(Hons). My honours project examined the possible mechanisms for the success of Caulerpa taxifolia in NSW. The project involved surveying fish and invertebrates, and conducting feeding trials. This project encouraged my interest in invasive species ecology.


In 2004, I started my Ph.D. with the museum. The project examined the response of terrestrial invertebrates to riparian revegetation. The work was focussed in the Hunter Valley, NSW, and since then, a lot of my professional experience has been on projects in this region. For example, in 2006, I was involved in a community participation project in the Hunter Valley, which aimed at developing methods that allowed just about anyone to be involved in surveying invertebrates. One of the most successful methods was one that used features of spider’s webs as an indicator for measuring the success of restoration.


I have also been involved in survey work of invertebrates in the Pilbara region of WA. The data from these surveys have been used to understand the impacts of humans on invertebrates, as well as being used in the approvals process for open-cut mining operations. I have also been studying the ecology of non-native bee in NSW (Halictus smaragdulus), examining its distribution, finding out whether it is having any effects on native species, and looking for clues on the history of the introduction.


My recent attention has turned to ecoclimatology (the study of climate at the ground-level), and how this might be used in species distribution modelling. This interest is being put to use at the museum for examining collections data and informing collection management plans.

Qualifications

BSc (Hons) - University of Wollongong (2003)

Thesis title: Plant – herbivore interaction in an estuary invaded by Caulerpa taxifolia…..Estimating the impacts of native herbivores on their food resources

PhD - University of New England (2008)

Thesis title: Evaluating Indicators for Monitoring Riparian Rehabilitation Success in the Upper Hunter Region of NSW, Australia

Publications and reports

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Grants and Successful Tenders

  • 2010: A$ 400K - ARC Linkage grant LP100200080, Innovative approaches to identifying regional responses of biodiversity to climate change (Daniel Ramp, David Warton, Kim Jenkins, Mick Ashcroft, John Gollan, Patrick Driver)
  • 2010: A$162K - Short-range endemic invertebrates near Mt Whaleback, WA
  • 2009: A$10K - Piloting fine-scale climate data collection in the Hunter Valley (NSW Environmental Trust)
  • 2009: A$152K - Short-range endemic invertebrates near Weeli Wolli Springs, WA
  • 2008: A$160K - Short-range endemic invertebrates in a mining lease near Newman, WA 
  • 2008: A$80K - Ecology of a recently discovered exotic bee (Halictus smaragdulus) in Australia (WV Scott Charitable Trust)
  • 2007: A$42K - BugWise Outreach (Coal & Allied Community Trust)
  • 2007: A$40K - BugWise Outreach '07 (NSW Environmental Trust)

Conference presentations

  • Lieberman, S., Gollan, J.R., Hill, P. (2010) Citizen science: three perspectives. ANZCA conference, Canberra, Australia
  • Ashcroft, M.B., Gollan, J.R. (2009) A novel method to select sites for forest restoration using fine scale temperature data. 10th INTECOL conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Gollan, J.R., Smith, H., Bulbert, M., Donnelley, A.P., Wilkie, L. (2008) A surrogate for monitoring web building spider biodiversity and its response to native revegetation. Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Gollan, J.R., Ashcroft, M., Sullivan, N., Batley, M., Pauly, A. (2008) A new exotic bee species in Australia: determining its distribution using climate in its native range. Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Sydney, New South Wales.
  • Bulbert M, Gollan JR, Smith H, Donnelly A (2008) BugWise, a programme providing opportunities for the community to work with invertebrates in a meaningful way. International Congress of Entomology, Durban South Africa.
  • Smith, H., Gollan, J.R., Bulbert, M. (2007) Measuring spider web diversity with the BugWise Web2Spider guide 8th Invertebrate Biodiversity & Conservation/Society of Australian Systematic Biologists Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Gollan, J.R., Ashcroft, M., Cassis, G, Donnelly, A., Faith, D., Flemons, P. (2007) Habitat structure and environmental relationships of terrestrial invertebrates in the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Perth, Western Australia.
  • Ashcroft, M., Carter, G., Cassis, G, Donnelly, A., Faith, D., Flemons, P. and Gollan, J.R. (2007) Spatio-temporal trends in the abundance and diversity of arthropods: implications for sampling and monitoring biodiversity. Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Perth, Western Australia.
  • Gollan, J.R., Ashcroft, M., Lassau, S., and Cassis, G. (2007) Habitat complexity, soil hardness or distance from watering-point: which is the best indicator of invertebrate biodiversity in the Pilbara? Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Perth, Western Australia.
  • Bulbert, M., Gollan, J.R., Smith, H.R. and Donnelly, A. (2007) Developing effective monitoring tools for the volunteers: alternatives and additions for invertebrate research in suburbia. 8th Invertebrate Biodiversity & Conservation/Society of Australian Systematic Biologists Conference, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Gollan, J.R., Wilkie, L., Reid, C. A. M., Lobry de Bruyn, L., Reid, N. (2007) Assessing monitoring tools for evaluating biodiversity outcomes of riparian rehabilitation: approaches and alternatives from a river down-under. 8th River Restoration Centres Annual Networking Conference, University of Chester, Chester, England.
  • Gollan, J. R., Smith, H. M., Bulbert, M. W., Donnelly, A. P., Wilkie, L., Reid, C. A. M., Lobry de Bruyn, L., Reid, N. (2006) Community-friendly methods for monitoring riverside rehabilitation: a case study. 9th International River Symposium, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Gollan, J.R. (2005) Development of multi-metric indices for monitoring and measuring ecosystem rehabilitation. Ecological Society of Australia’s annual conference. Brisbane, Queensland.

Links to recent news articles

http://www.smh.com.au/news/environment/cant-live-without-the-bugs/2007/10/23/1192941065097.html

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw-act/ouch-foreign-bee-find-stings/story-e6freuzi-1111116803458

http://www.theherald.com.au/news/local/news/general/exotic-bee-poses-threat-to-environment/1244681.aspx?src=rss

Awards

  • 2005 Poster winner at the annual conference of the Ecological Society of Australia
  • 2003 Dean’s Merit List for academic performance in the Faculty of Science
  • 2002 Invited Member of The Golden Key International Honor Society
  • 2001 Toni O’Neill Prize for outstanding performance in Remote Sensing

 

Professional Memberships

Ecological Society of Australia

The River Restoration Centre

Research Projects