Jessica P. Gillung

Assistant Professor,
McGill University

Department of Natural Resource Sciences
E-mail: jessica.gillung@mcgill.ca
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Education

  • University of California, Davis, CA 2013–2018
    Ph.D. in Entomology | Dissertation: Diversity and phylogenomics of spider flies (Diptera, Acroceridae).
  • University of Sao Paulo, Brazil 2009–2011
    M.Sc. in Zoology | Thesis: Systematic revision and phylogeny of Philopota (Diptera, Acroceridae).
  • Federal University of Parana, Brazil 2005–2009
    B.Sc. in Biological Sciences | Honors thesis: Diversity and systematics of spider flies (Diptera, Acroceridae) in Brazil.
  • Federal University of Parana, Brazil 2005-2008
    Teaching Credentials in Biology


Research

Dr. Jessica Gillung joined the NRS Department in January 2020. She serves as the Director of the Lyman Entomological Museum, one of the largest insect collections in Canada. Dr. Gillung completed her PhD at the Bohart Museum of Entomology at UC Davis, studying the evolution and taxonomy of parasitoid flies specialized in spiders. She subsequently worked as a Postdoctoral Associate at the Danforth Lab at Cornell University, where she focused on the evolution and diversification of aculeate Hymenoptera (stinging wasps, ants and bees). Her research combines field work, morphology, DNA sequence data, bioinformatics, and comparative methods to reconstruct the evolution of insects and elucidate their patterns of diversification, encompassing multiple taxonomic rankings, from species to higher level relationships. This integrative approach also seeks to understand how biotic and abiotic factors have shaped and influenced patterns of insect biodiversity.

Prizes and honours

  • 2019 Snodgrass Memorial Research Award for outstanding graduate research in arthropod morphology and evolution. Entomological Society of America $680 CAD
  • 2019 The Marsh Award for Early Career Entomologist. Royal Entomological Society $2250 CAD
  • 2019 Excellence in Early Career Award. Entomological Society of America, Pacific Branch
  • 2018 Best Student Presentation Award. 9th International Congress of Dipterology
  • 2018 Student Leadership Award. Entomological Society of America, Pacific Branch
  • 2018 Travel Award. University of California Davis, Department of Entomology $680 CAD
  • 2018 Graduate Studies Travel Award. University of California Davis $2,050 CAD
  • 2016 Travel Award. Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of California Davis $1,350 CAD
  • 2016 1st place Pacific Branch Linnaean Games. Entomological Society of America $2,700 CAD
  • 2015 1st place National Linnaean Games. Entomological Society of America
  • 2015 1st place Pacific Branch Linnaean Games. Entomological Society of America $2,700 CAD
  • 2014 Travel Award. Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of California Davis $680 CAD
  • 2011 Graduate Travel Award. University of São Paulo, Brazil $1,350 CAD
  • 2010 Graduate Travel Award. University of São Paulo, Brazil $675 CAD


QCBS students

Alice Assmar

Ph.D.
Other (co-)supervisor: Renato Machado, Universidade Federal do Paraná
(Start: 2021)
Past, present, and future of a freshwater insect: evolution, diversification, and biogeography of the spongillaflies (Insecta: Neuroptera: Sisyridae).

Dimitrios Markou

B.Sc.
(Start: 2018, End: 2021)
Evaluating the relationship between land restoration and phylogenetic diversity of plant-pollinator networks and its effect on ecosystem services in the Seychelles.

Megan Raposo

B.Sc.
(Start: 2021, End: 2022)
The Evolution of Mimicry in Katydids (Tettigoniidae)



Publications

22- Bees in the trees: Diverse spring fauna in temperate forest edge canopies
Journal Article
Urban-Mead, KR, Muñiz, P, Gillung, J, Espinoza, A, Fordyce, R, van Dyke, M, McArt, SH, Danforth, BN
Forest Ecology and Management (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

21- Phylogenomic and Morphological Reevaluation of the Bee Tribes Biastini, Neolarrini, and Townsendiellini (Hymenoptera: Apidae) with Description of Three New Species of Schwarzia
Journal Article
Bossert, S, Copeland, RS, Sless, TJL, Branstetter, MG, Gillung, JP, Brady, SG, Danforth, BN, Policarová, J, Straka, J
Insect Systematics and Diversity (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

20- Phylogenomics — principles, opportunities and pitfalls of big-data phylogenetics
Journal Article
Young, AD, Gillung, JP
Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

19- Evolution of fossil and living spider flies based on morphological and molecular data (Diptera, Acroceridae)
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Winterton, SL
Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

18- Evolution of green lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae): an anchored phylogenomics approach
Journal Article
Winterton, SL, Gillung, JP, Garzón-Orduña, IJ, Badano, D, Breitkreuz, LCV, Duelli, P, Engel, MS, Liu, X, Machado, RJP, Mansell, M, Mochizuki, A, Penny, ND, Tauber, CA, Oswald, JD
Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

17- Owlflies are derived antlions: anchored phylogenomics supports a new phylogeny and classification of Myrmeleontidae (Neuroptera)
Journal Article
Machado, RJP, Gillung, JP, Winterton, SL, Garzón-Orduña, IJ, Lemmon, AR, Lemmon, EM, Oswald, JD
Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

16- Anchored phylogenomics unravels the evolution of spider flies (Diptera, Acroceridae) and reveals discordance between nucleotides and amino acids
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Winterton, SL, Bayless, KM, Khouri, Z, Borowiec, ML, Yeates, D, Kimsey, LS, Misof, B, Shin, S, Zhou, X, Mayer, C, Petersen, M, Wiegmann, BM
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

15- Evolutionary history of the complex polymorphic dobsonfly genus Neoneuromus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae)
Journal Article
Yang, F, Chang, W, Hayashi, F, Gillung, J, Jiang, Y, Yang, D, Liu, X
Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

14- Evolution of lacewings and allied orders using anchored phylogenomics (Neuroptera, Megaloptera, Raphidioptera)
Journal Article
Winterton, SL, Lemmon, AR, Gillung, JP, Garzon, IJ, Badano, D, Bakkes, DK, Breitkreuz, LCV, Engel, MS, Lemmon, EM, Liu, X, Machado, RJP, Skevington, JH, Oswald, JD
Systematic Entomology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

13- A review of fossil spider flies (Diptera: Acroceridae) with descriptions of new genera and species from Baltic Amber
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Winterton, SL
Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

12- Death comes on two wings: A review of dipteran natural enemies of arachnids
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Borkent, CJ
Journal of Arachnology (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

11- Checklist of acroceridae, mydidae and therevidae (Diptera) from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Almeida, JC, Rodrigues, PFM, Nihei, SS
Iheringia - Serie Zoologia (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

10- From the students to the students: Why YOU need to attend ICE 2016
Journal Article
Dye, KC, Whitener, AB, Gillung, JP, Parker, C
American Entomologist (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

9- Family acroceridae
Journal Article
Gillung, JP
Zootaxa (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

8- Evolution of Philopotinae, with a revision and phylogeny of the New World spider fly genus PhilopotaWiedemann (Diptera, Acroceridae)
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Nihei, SS
Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

7- Jewelled spider flies of North America: A revision and phylogeny of Eulonchus Gerstaecker (Diptera, Acroceridae)
Journal Article
Borkent, CJ, Gillung, JP, Winterton, SL
ZooKeys (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

5- Description and host interactions of a new species of exetasis walker (Diptera: Acroceridae), with a key to species of the genus
Journal Article
Barneche, JA, Gillung, JP, González, A
Zootaxa (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

4- New spider flies from the Neotropical Region (Diptera, Acroceridae) with a key to New World genera
Journal Article
Schlinger, EI, Gillung, JP, Borkent, CJ
ZooKeys (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

2- New genera of philopotine spider flies (Diptera, Acroceridae) with a key to living and fossil genera
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, Winterton, SL
ZooKeys (Date Added: 2021-07-27)

1- Acroceridae (Diptera): A pictorial key and diagnosis of the Brazilian genera
Journal Article
Gillung, JP, De Carvalho, CJB
Zootaxa (Date Added: 2021-07-27)