Gabriel Gellner    PDFlogo2


email gabrielgellner [at] gmail.com
phone (416) 206 -1669


University of Guelph Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018 – present Integrative Biology
Colorado State University Postdoctoral Fellowship 2016 – 2018 Biology
University of California, Davis Postdoctoral Fellowship 2014 – 2016 Environmental Science and Policy
University of Guelph Ph.D. 2014 Integrative Biology
University of Guelph M.Sc. 2010 Integrative Biology
McGill University B.A. 2005 Majors in Mathematics and Economics          (Dean’s Honor List)


Scientific Publications

Hastings, Abbott, Cuddington, Francis, Gellner, Lai, Morozov, Petrovskii, Scranton & Zeeman 2018 Transient phenomena in ecology Science link
Kadoya, Gellner & Mccann 2018 Potential oscillators and keystone modules in food webs Ecology Letters link
McCauley, Gellner, Martinez, Williams, Sandin, Micheli, Mumby & McCann 2018 On the Prevalence and Dynamics of Inverted Trophic Pyramids and Top-heavy Communities Ecology Letters link
Jarvis, McCann, Tunney, Gellner & Fryxell 2016 Early Warning Indicators Detect Catastrophic Effects of Experimental Warming Ecology and Evolution link
Gellner, McCann & Hastings 2016 The Duality of Stability: Towards a Stochastic Theory of Species Interactions Theoretical Ecology link
Gellner & McCann 2016 On the Consistent Role of Weak and Strong Interactions in Consumptive Food Webs Nature Communications link
McCann, Gellner, McMeans, Deenik, Holtgrieve, Rooney, Hannah, Cooperman & Nam 2015 Food Webs and the Sustainability of Indiscriminate Fisheries Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences link
MacDougal, McCann, Gellner & Turkington 2013 Diversity loss with persistent human disturbance increases vulnerability to ecosystem collapse Nature link
Gellner & McCann 2012 Reconciling the Omnivory-Stability Debate American Naturalist link
Rooney, McCann, Gellner & Moore 2006 Structural asymmetry and the stability of diverse food webs Nature link

Book Chapters

McCann & Gellner 2012 Food Chains and Food Web Modules Encyclopedia of Theoretical Ecology (Eds. Hastings & Gross) link

Conference Presentations

Gellner*, Webb & Pepin 2017 The Role of Spatial Coupling in the Outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI) Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Portland, OR)
Gellner*, Webb & Pepin 2017 Predicting the Spatial Spread of Avian Influenza (AI) Among Commercial Farms US Department of Agriculture                     (Fort Collins, CO)
Gellner* & Hastings 2015 Decoupling the Stability of Food Web Modules using Implicit Lags and Energy Flux Society for Mathematical Biology Annual Meeting (Atlanta, GA)
Gellner*, McCann & Hastings 2014 Understanding the role of intermediate time scales on the stability of classical food web modules Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Sacramento, CA)
Gellner* & McCann 2013 Scaling Theory from Food Web Modules to Whole Food Webs Food Webs Symposium (Giessen, Germany)
Gellner* & McCann 2013 Deconstructing Complexity: Towards a Theory of Whole Food Webs Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting (Minneapolis, MN)
Gellner* & McCann 2012 The Geometry of Ecological Stability Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution Annual Meeting (Vancouver, BC)


Course Instructor

Energetic Approach to Food Webs 2012 International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) South American Institute for Fundamental Research (SAIFR): Sao Paulo, Brazil

Workshop Leader

Scientific Modeling: graduate workshops in Mathematica 2012 University of Guelph

Student Advising  (with supervising professor)

Kaela Vogel, Ph.D. student, Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis (2016): Project collaboration in development of scientific software on the role of pseudospectral methods in food web stability.
Yuzhao Li, Ph.D. student, Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis (2015): Informal mentorship on the use of dynamical systems for analyzing empirical data.
Mike Yodzis, undergraduate lab intern, Integrative Biology, U of Guelph (2011): Mentored student development of lab software for analyzing large food web networks. (Has since completed M.Sc. and now pursuing Ph.D. in Mathematics and Statistics)
Lauren Jarvis, B.Sc. student, Integrative Biology, U of Guelph (2011): Co-advised concerning theoretical aspects of her undergraduate thesis project. (Has since completed M.Sc. and now pursuing Ph.D. in Biology)

Guest Lecturer

Mathematical Methods in Population Biology 2015 UC Davis (graduate level)
Population Ecology 2014 UC Davis (undergraduate level)
Mathematical Methods in Population Biology 2014 UC Davis (graduate level)
Community Ecology 2012 University of Guelph (undergraduate level)

Teaching Assistant

Community Ecology 2012 University of Guelph
Ecology 2012 University of Guelph
Introduction to Biodiversity 2011 University of Guelph
Population Ecology 2010 University of Guelph
Wildlife Conversation and Management 2007 University of Guelph
Biology 1 2006 University of Guelph
Community Ecology 2006 University of Guelph
Humans in the Natural World 2005 University of Guelph


Invited Participant, NIMBioS Working Group, Long Transients and Ecological Forecasting, National Institute for Mathematical Biological Synthesis: Knoxville, TN (2017 – present)
Mentor, Google Summer of Code, The Julia Language DiffEQ project (2017, 2018)
Judge, Graduate Student Poster Competition, Biology, Colorado State University (2017)
Committee member, Integrative Biology Seminar Series, University of Guelph (2012-13)
Student member, Integrative Biology Hiring Committee, University of Guelph (2012)
Sponsored delegate, SciPy: Conference of Scientific Computing with Python, California Institute of Technology, Burbank, CA (2008)
Research consultant: Built tools for data analysis on various wildlife and natural resource focused research projects for industry and university labs (2005 – 2011)

Journal Reviewer

Ecology Letters Functional Ecology Journal of Animal Ecology
Journal of Mathematical Biology Natural Resource Modeling Proceedings of the Royal Society B
Theoretical Ecology Theoretical Population Biology

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Society of Ecology and Evolution (CSEE-SCEE)
Ecological Society of America (ESA)
Society for Mathematical Biology (SMB)