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

March 12, 2021
As UNLV plans for the fall semester, the university expects students will be back on campus.
November 9, 2020
An Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) has been discovered around 100 miles north of Seattle, Washington, as the species' invasion of North America continues.
October 28, 2020
The murder hornets that have been making headlines and alternately terrifying and fascinating the public this year can be as deadly as their nickname implies, but their true threat is to honeybee populations, rather than people.
October 15, 2020
Giant hornets, like you, need protein.

Articles Featuring Allen Gibbs

Campus News | December 10, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the election, COVID-19, and scientific discovery at UNLV.
Campus News | September 15, 2020
UNLV takes on another school semester with precaution and discovery.
A UNLV banner on campus.
Campus News | July 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 News | September 25, 2019
A collection of news stories capturing the excitement of UNLV’s campus in June, July and August.