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

April 13, 2022
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.
March 16, 2022
Watch out giant hornets, your next mating could be your last.
Detroit Free Press
October 1, 2021
The murder hornets that have been making headlines and both terrifying and fascinating the public can be as deadly as their nickname implies, but their true threat is to honeybee populations, rather than people.
K.S.N.V. T.V. News 3
March 12, 2021
As UNLV plans for the fall semester, the university expects students will be back on campus.

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

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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.