Phillipa Gillingham

Dr Phillipa Gillingham

  • 01202 962372
  • pgillingham at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Principal Academic of Biogeography
  • Christchurch House C210, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a terrestrial biogeographer and macroecologist working in the School of Applied Sciences at Bournemouth University. Over the past 10 years I have worked on several terrestrial ecological entomology survey projects, mainly in the UK but also overseas, for various organisations. In general, my interests could be summed up as 'where species are found and why'.

My main expertise is in the biogeography of invertebrates, with particular reference to the spatial distributions of species in relation to environmental factors, and how these are changing in response to climatic change. I can often be found in the field; during my PhD I studied the relative importance of microclimate and land use to Ground Beetles (Carabidae) using sites in the Dark Peak, near Snowdonia in Wales and the Trossachs in Scotland. Following this I worked as a research assistant on a project quantifying the impact of peat drainage on cranefly abundance in the Peak District, the North York Moors and near Snowdonia, and another comparing the impacts of organic and conventional upland farming on the diversity and abundance of Spiders, Bees and Earthworms across Wales...



I am currently working on the likely impacts of climate change on protected areas in the UK and co-supervise two PhD students who both study protected areas, one in Mexico and another in Thailand.

I am also working with Butterfly Conservation to supervise an internship that is working on quantifying the benefits of roadside verges for UK butterflies.

Journal Articles



  • Shedden, A., Solorzano, B., Gillingham, P., White, J. and Korstjens, A.H., 2016. Human disturbance, natural predation and hunting: effects on priamtes in Southern Mexico. In: Joint meeting of the International Primatological Society and the American Society of Primatologists 21-27 August 2016 Chicago, USA.
  • Shedden, A., Gillingham, P. and Korstjens, A.H., 2014. The influence of vegetation type on howler and spider monkey distribution in the Uxpanapa valley, Mexico. In: 25th Congress of the International Primatological Society 11-16 August 2014 Hanoi, Vietnam.
  • Shedden, A., Gillingham, P., Newton, A., Dunn, J., Cristobal-Azkarate, J., McSwiney, C., Rodriguez-Luna, E. and Korstjens, A.H., 2013. The influence of vegetation type on howler and spider monkey distribution Uxpanapa Valley area in Mexico. In: PSGB Winter Meeting 2013 11 December 2013 London.



PhD Students

  • Aralisa Shedden-Gonzalez, 2016. Using primates for developing strategic conservation policies in Mexico
  • Daraporn Chairat, 2015. Systematic conservation planning in Thailand
  • Monika Knul. The project examines the dynamics of geographic ranges of both mammals that went extinct and those that survived during one of the most dramatic climatic changes in recent history: the Last Glacial Maximum up to the beginning of the Holocene. Furthermore it also explores changes in bio-geography in response to changes in climate between 60.000 and 8000 years ago. This comparative approach is likely to provide novel insights into the ways in which species respond to climate change and human presence e.g. the cause of mega faunal and Neanderthal extinction.
  • Monika Knul. Faunal and Human Biogeography and Terminal Ice Age Climate Change
  • Tadhg Carroll
  • Jacqueline Pitt
  • David Fletcher
  • Arjan Gosal
  • Arjan Gosal
  • Helen Slater. The Importance of Micro-Climate Refuges for Mammal Responses to Climate Change & Human Disturbance

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Geographical Information Systems

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Applied Geospatial Science

Invited Lectures

  • Invited Presentation at National Butterfly Recorders Conference, March 2012


  • Surveys of Six-spotted cranefly (Forestry Commission, 03 Jul 2017). In Progress
  • Up scaling microclimate to macro-ecological importance for global conservation (Leverhulme Trust, 27 Feb 2017). In Progress
  • The historic peat record: A guide to restoration of blanket bog (Natural England, 01 Oct 2014). Completed
  • Predicting responses to climate warming of freshwater communities in temperate regions (CLIMACOMM) (Marie Curie, 01 Oct 2014). In Progress
  • Burning as a control for Heather Beetle (Natural England, 07 Oct 2013). Awarded
  • Bioblitz (Royal Entomological Society, 01 Jun 2013). Awarded
  • Palaeoecological evidence to inform identification of potential climate change refugia and areas for ecological restoration (Natural England, 04 Feb 2013). Awarded
  • Terrestrial biodiversity Climate change impacts report card technical paper 4. Implications of Climate Change for SSSIs and other Protected Areas (Natural England, 01 Jul 2012). Awarded

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • 2015 Stand at Glenmoor and Winton Academies Career Convention
  • 2014 Stand at Bournemouth School Career Fair

Conference Presentations

  • Using Climate Data in Ecological Research, How Species Respond to Microclimates, 14 Sep 2016, UK Meteorological Office


  • PhD in Ecology/Biogeography (2011)


  • British Ecological Society, Member (2006-),
  • British Ecological Society, Member (2006-),
  • British Ecological Society, Member (2006-),
  • Royal Entomological Society, Member (2006-),
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