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

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.
August 4, 2020
Asian giant hornets have the potential to spread across the United States and establish a permanent presence in the country, experts have told Newsweek.
House Beautiful
June 18, 2020
Picture this: you’re sitting in your backyard, enjoying the sunshine, maybe sipping a lemonade. Then WHAM! A large, fast bug whizzes past your head. If that bug is a horsefly, you can worry a little bit. But if that bug is a dragonfly, fret not—it’s one of the best insects to have around, especially because they’ll eat up all the mosquitos. “Dragonflies love to eat mosquitoes and gnats and can help cut down on them,” says Allen Gibbs, an insect expert and life science professor at the University of Las Vegas.
KSNV-TV: News 3
August 22, 2019
It’s officially an outbreak. There are more West Nile cases in Southern Nevada this year than ever before and mosquito season is far from over.

Articles Featuring Allen Gibbs

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.
Fruit flies in a plexiglass container.
ResearchMarch 15, 2018
UNLV biologist finds nearly 400 genes potentially associated with obesity and other health problems in fruit flies.