Rosemary Gillespie is Professor and Schlinger Chair in Systematic Entomology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on understanding evolutionary patterns and processes among populations and species. Her primary focus is on islands, particularly remote hotspot islands (which emanate from a single volcanic hotspot) of the Pacific.
She currently serves as President of the American Genetics Association and is also Associate Director of the Essig Museum of Entomology. In the past, she has served as President of the International Biogeography Society, President of the American Arachnological Society, and Treasurer of the International Society of Arachnology.
Professor Gillespie received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 1986.