Allen Gibbs

Professor of Life Sciences
Expertise: Insects, Physiology, Evolution

Biography

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.

Education

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

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Allen Gibbs In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Tourists aren’t the only ones attracted to the bright lights of the Strip. Grasshoppers have flown into the Las Vegas Valley — not to gamble, but to nosh on vegetation brought by the summer’s late monsoon season.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
When millions of grasshoppers swarmed the Las Vegas valley a few years ago, tourist and locals alike were taken by surprise. During 2019’s infestation, Channel 13 talked with people who couldn’t stand the sight of the creatures or the crunch sound of dead grasshoppers being walked on.
K.N.P.R. News
If you’ve lived through a Las Vegas summer, you’ll know the sound of the cicada.
Lifewire
Robot bees could one day help pollinate crops amid rising concerns about a worldwide decline in insect populations that has the potential to wreak havoc on food supplies.

Articles Featuring Allen Gibbs

UNLV's first conference tournament championship—and automatic bid to the NCAA Championship—since winning the Big West in 1994. It will be the Lady Rebels first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. March 9, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | April 1, 2022

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Campus News | December 10, 2020

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Campus News | September 15, 2020

UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

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