Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson

Adjunct Researcher, Australian Tropical Herbarium

BAppSci (Biol), GDT (2º Science), MSc (Botany)


E2.203A, Sir Robert Norman Building (E2), James Cook University, PO Box 6811, Cairns QLD 4870


(07) 4232 1687






  • BT3450/5450 Tropical Agroforestry

  • BT1400 Botany I

  • BZ2650 Flowering Plant Diversity

  • BZ2450 Introduction to the Australian Flora & Fauna

  • BT3400 Botany III, and

  • EV3510/5510 Plants & People


My interest is the ecology, biogeography and systematics of

  • rain forest cycads, and

  • Nepenthes pitcher plants (project outline), and

  • tropical ecosystems ecology and management.

Selected Publications

Franklin, DC, Morrison SC and Wilson GW. (2017) A colourful new Australian reaches Talaroo: the Tawny Coster butterfly, Acraea terpsicore. North Queensland Naturalist 47: 1-13.

Rentz, DCF, Su YN, Ueshima, N and Wilson GW. (2016d) Studies in AustralianTettigoniidae: A review of the Australian katydids of the genus Goodangarkia (Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae; Agraeciini; Liarina). Zootaxa 4136(1): 071-100.

Wilson, GW and Venter, S (2016a) Nepenthes parvula (Nepenthaceae), a new species from Cape York, Queensland, Australia. Phytotaxa 277(2): 199-204.

Wilson, GW and Rentz, DCF. (2016b) First observation in nature of effective predatordefence behaviour in the Spiny forest katydid Phricta spinosa Redtenbacher (Orthoptera: Pseudophyllinae: Phrictini). Australian Entomologist 43(1): 1-4.

Wilson GW (2016c) Reproduction in the Australian Rainforest Cycad Bowenia serrulata (Cycadales: Zamiaceae). Encephalartos 123: 9-15.

Wilson, G.W., Rentz, D.C.F. and S. Venter (2014) First record of the larvae of Hippotion rosetta (Swinhoe, 19892) (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) feeding on the foliage of Nepenthes (Nepenthaceae) in Cape York Peninsular, Queensland. Australian Entomologist 41(4): 203-204.

Kokubugata, G., Nakamura, K., Forster, P.I., Wilson, G.W., Holland, A.E., Hirayama, Y., Yokota, M. (2012) Cassytha pubescens and C. glabella (Lauraceae) are not disjunctly distributed between Australia and the Ryukyu Archipelago of Japan – evidence from morphological and molecular data. Australian Systematic Botany 25: 364-373.

Nakamura K, Denda T, Kokubugata G, Forster PI, Wilson G, Peng C-I, Yokota M (2012) Molecular phylogeography reveals an antitropical distribution and local diversification of Solenogyne (Asteraceae) in the Ryukyu Archipelago of Japan and Australia. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105: 197-217

Wilson, G.W. (2011a) Chasing Nepenthes on Cape York, Queensland Carnivorous Plants: Journal of the International Carnivorous Plant Society 40(4): 122-128

Wilson, G.W. (2011b) Drop in for a meal: investigating Australia’s Carnivorous Pitcher Plants Wildlife Australia 48(3): 20-23

Wilson, G.W. (2006) Harvesting seeds of Cycas media by Indigenous Peoples in the Wet Tropics of North Queensland Palms & Cycads 93: 13-15

Wilson, G.W. (2003a) A profile of the Queensland rainforest cycad Bowenia spectabilis (Stangeriaceae) Wodyetia 7(3): 3-8

Wilson, G.W. (2003b) Profile of the Queensland rainforest cycad Bowenia spectabilis. ThePalmateer 23(2): 9-13

Wilson, G.W. (2002a) Focus on Bowenia spectabilis Hook ex Hook Encephalartos 70: 10-14

Wilson, G.W. (2002b) Pollination Biology of Bowenia Hook ex Hook f. (Stangeriaceae) Biotropica 34(3): 438-441

Wilson, G.W. (2001) Focus on Bowenia serrulata (W. Bull) Chamberlain. Encephalartos 65: 21-23

Wilson, G.W. (1994) The status of the Pied Oystercatcher Haematopus longirostris on the coastal flats of Keppel Sands and Joskeleigh on the Capricorn Coast of Central Queensland The Sunbird 24: 73-79

Wilson, G.W. (1993) Initial observations on the reproductive behaviour and an insect pollination agent of Bowenia serrulata (W. Bull) Chamberlain Encephalartos 36: 13-18

Wilson, G.W., Waterhouse, B.M. and G.L. Werren (2004) The use of exotic species in dry tropics forestry: assessments, potential conflicts of interests and the application of The Precautionary Principal. In Bevege, D.I., Bristow, M., Nikles, D.G. and Skelton, D.J. (eds.) Prospects for high-value timber plantations in the ‘dry’ tropics of northern Australia Mareeba, Queensland, October 2004. CD-ROM, Private Forestry North Queensland Association Inc., Kairi, Queensland

Wilson, R.F., Goosem, M.W. and G.W. Wilson (2008) Resilience of arboreal folivores to habitat damage by a severe tropical cyclone Austral Ecology 3: 574-579

Kokubugata, G., Hill, K.D., Wilson, G.W., Kondo, K. and L.M. Randall (2001) A Comparison of Chromosome Number and Karyotype in Somatic Chromosomes of Stangeriaceae (Cycadales) Edinburgh Journal of Botany 58(3): 475-481

Wilson, G.W., Kondo, K., Wilson, G.W., Randall, L.M. van der Schans, A. and D.K. Morris (2000) Comparison of karyotype and rDNA-distribution in somatic chromosomes of Bowenia species (Stangeriaceae, Cycadales). Australian Systematic Botany 13(1): 15-20

Fox, I.D., Neldner, V.J., Wilson, G.W . and P.J. Bannink (2001) The Vegetation of the Australian Tropical Savannas (2 maps and CD) Queensland Herbarium. Environmental Protection Agency, Brisbane

Wilson, G.W. and P.C. Rowles (1997) Notes on the biology of Lepidozamia hopei (Zamiaceae) Encephalartos 52: 12-17.

Forster, P.I., Machin, P.J., Mound, L.A. and G.W. Wilson (1994) Insects associated with reproductive structures of cycads in Queensland and north-east New South Wales Biotropica 26: 217-222

Recent Presentations

Wilson, GW. (2016) Animal Rights: Considerations and concerns: A Southern Perspective. Sustainable Planet Summer School, Monash University Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (oral).

Wilson, GW. (2016) Opportunistic orchids and declining weeds: travels in botany in Malaysia. Friends of the Botanic Gardens, Cairns (oral).

Wilson, RF., Boucheria, L and Wilson, GW. (2016) Large lizards adapting to urbanization. Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, Montpellier, France. (oral).

Wilson, GW. (2016) Varanus salvator: A large lizard adapting to urbanization. Cape York Herpetological Society, Cairns. (oral).