Lynn Gillespie works at the Canadian Museum of Nature as a botanist and is also an Adjunct Research Professor in Biology at the University of Ottawa. She received a BSc from Carleton University and a PhD from the University of California.
Her current research is on the diversity and classification of flowering plants, particularly arctic plants, grasses and the spurge plant family. Her work uses molecular approaches to study plant evolution.
Lynn has led numerous field expeditions throughout the Canadian Arctic and South America, and has participated in expeditions to Southeast Asia and Madagascar. She has contributed to plant guides and floras of these areas, and has described numerous plant species new to science.