Lucy Gwen Gillis

Dr. Lucy Gwen Gillis

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department: Ecology
Working Groups: WG Mangrove Ecology

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Office: Wiener Str. 7
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Curriculum Vitae : Dr. Lucy Gwen Gillis

Research interests

- Mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs
- Connectivity and facilitative relationships between tropical coastal ecosystems
- Blue carbon sink potential
- Nutrients (particulate and dissolved) dispersal via hydrodynamics
- Management of fluxes between ecosystems
-Green house gas emissions from coastal vegetated ecosystems
-Planetary Boundaries



Peer-reviewed journals

González Viana I, Siriwardane-de Zoysa R, Damien, Gillis LG (2019) Exploring how non-native seagrass species could provide essential ecosystems services: A perspective on the highly invasive seagrass Halophila stipulacea in the Caribbean Sea. Biological
Gillis LG, Snavely E, Lovelock C, Zimmer M. Effects of crab burrows on sediment characteristics in a Ceriops tagal dominated mangrove forest. (2019) Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 218:334-339.
Le Minor M, Bartzke G, Zimmer M, Gillis LG, Helfer V, Huhn K (2018) Numerical modeling of hydraulics and sediment dynamics around mangrove seedlings: Implications for mangrove establishment and reforestation. Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 217:81-95.
Siriwardane-Zoysa R, Gillis LG, Engel S, Viana-Gonzalez I (2018) Unwelcome guests: Stakeholder perspectives on non-native seagrasses and macroalgal ‘nuisance’ species in Bonaire. BioNews 18, DCNA.BioNews18

Gillis LG, Jones CJ, Ziegler AD, van der Wal D, Breckbwoldt A, Bouma TB (2017) Opportunities for Protecting and Restoring Tropical Coastal Ecosystems by Utilizing a Physical Connectivity Approach. Frontiers in Marine Science 4 (374).

Gillis LG, Belshe FE, Narayan GR (2017) Deforested Mangroves Affect the Potential for Carbon Linkages between Connected Ecosystems. Estuaries and Coasts 40 (4): 1207-1213.

Belshe FE, Matteo MA, Gillis LG, Zimmer M, Teichberg M (2017) Muddy Waters: Unintentional consequences of blue carbon research obscure our understanding of organic carbon dynamics in seagrass ecosystems. Frontiers in Marine Science 4 (125).

Gillis LG, Belshe FE, Ziegler AD, Bouma TB (2017) Driving forces of organic carbon spatial distribution in the tropical seascape. Journal of Sea Research 120: 35-40.

Gillis LG, Paul M, Bouma TB (2017) No waves, no nutrients: How waves affect nutrient uptake in seagrass beds. Frontiers in Marine Science 4 (207).

Quak MSA, Ziegler AD, Benner SG, Evans S, Todd PA, Gillis LG, Vongtanaboon S, Jachowski N, Bouma TJ (2016) Processes affecting the spatial distribution of seagrass meadow sedimentary material on Yao Yai Island, Thailand. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 182: 136-145.

Gillis LG, Zimmer M, Bouma TB (2016) Mangrove leaf transportation: do mimic Avicennia and Rhizophora roots retain or donate leaves? Marine Ecology Progress Series 551:107-115.

Wolters JW, Gillis LG, Ziegler AD, van Katwijk MM, Bouma TB (2016) Land use effects on mangrove nutrient status in Phang-Nga Bay, Thailand. Land Degradation and Development 27 (1): 68-76.

Gillis LG, Bouma TB, Ziegler AD, Cathalot C, Herman PMJ (2015) Particulate Matter in Mangrove Forests and Seagrass Beds as a Nitrogen Source in Tropical Coastal Ecosystems. Biotropica 47(3): 286-291. 10.1111/btp.12220

Paul M & Gillis LG (2015) Let it flow: How does an underlying current affect wave propagation over a natural seagrass meadow? Marine Ecology Progress Series 523: 57-70.

Gillis LG, Ziegler AD, van Oevelen D, Cathalot C, Herman PMJ, Bouma TB (2014) Tiny is mighty: Seagrass bed influence of organic matter fluxes in the tropical coastal zone. PLoS One 9 (11):e111847. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0111847

Gillis LG, Bouma TB, Jones CG, van Katwijk MM. Nagelkerken I, Jeuken CJL, Herman PMJ, Ziegler AD (2014) Potential for landscape-scale reciprocal facilitation among tropical marine ecosystems: A review. Marine Ecology Progress Series 503:289-303.

Gillis LG, Bouma TB, Kiswara W, Ziegler AD, Herman PMJ (2014) Leaf transport in mimic mangrove forests and seagrass beds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 498:95-102.

Lai S, Gillis LG, Mueller C, Bouma TB, Guest JR, Last KS, Zeigler A, Todd PA (2013) First experimental evidence of corals feeding on seagrass matter. Coral Reefs 32 (4): 1061-1064.


Paul M and Gillis LG (2014) Wave propagation over seagrass and its response to an underlying current. 10th International Symposium on Echohydraulics, At Trondheim, Norway.



PhD thesis: Connectivity Beyond Biodiversity: Are physical fluxes important in the tropical coastal seascape?