Allen Gibbs

Professor of Life Sciences
Expertise: Insects, Physiology, Evolution


Allen Gibbs is an evolutionary physiologist whose research focuses on insect physiology, experimental evolution, and evolutionary physiology. He is often called upon by local and national media to explain phenomena regarding insects.

His research also includes how organisms interact with their environments, along with how physiological systems function and evolve under stress. Most recently, he and his students have studied the life of the fruit fly, specifically the effects of obesity on the tiny creatures.

His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the Journal of Comparative Physiology, American Zoologist, and the Journal of Experimental Biology.


  • Ph.D., Marine Biology, University of California, San Diego
  • B.A., Chemistry, University of Chicago

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Allen Gibbs In The News

October 15, 2020
Giant hornets, like you, need protein.
September 24, 2020
Invasive Asian giant hornets—popularly known as "murder hornets"—could spread rapidly throughout western North America if left unchecked, researchers have found.
September 11, 2020
Giant hordes of blood-sucking mosquitoes have reportedly swarmed livestock to death in Louisiana this month, the latest gift 2020 has brought to Americans.
August 6, 2020
United States authorities are trying to eradicate Asian giant wasps , which are often dubbed killer wasps . However, the wasp which was first reported to appear there at the end of 2019 is feared to spread throughout the country and become a permanent species.

Articles Featuring Allen Gibbs

Campus NewsSeptember 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
A group of four UNLV nursing students work on a manikin at the Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas.
Campus NewsSeptember 25, 2019
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.
man surrounded by clear cases containing fruit flies
Business and CommunityJune 25, 2019
Allen Gibbs earns Top Tier Award for his long history of research and efforts to engage others in science.