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Peer-reviewed articles


AK Gibson, PS White, MJ Penley, JC de Roode, LT Morran. 2020. Parasite adaptation to common host genotypes in experimental populations. in review.


AK Gibson, H Baffoe-Bonnie, MJ Penley, J Lin, R Owens, A Khalid, and LT Morran. The evolution of parasite host range in heterogeneous host populations. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. in press. link

PS White, A Choi, R Pandey, A Menezes, MJ Penley, AK Gibson, JC de Roode, and LT Morran. Host heterogeneity mitigates virulence evolution. Biology Letters. 16(1). link.


AK Gibson. Asexual parasites and their extraordinary host ranges. Integrative and Comparative Biology 59(6): 1463-1484. link

C Liu*, AK Gibson*, P Timper, LT Morran, and RS Tubbs. Rapid change in host specificity in a field population of the biological control organism Pasteuria penetransEvolutionary Applications 12(4): 744-756. link *authors contributed equally


AK Gibson, D Vergara, LF Delph, and CM Lively. Periodic, parasite-mediated selection for and against sex. American Naturalist 192(5): 537-551. link and overview. Received Honorable Mention for the 2018 American Naturalist Student Paper Award!


AK Gibson, KS Stoy, and CM Lively. Bloody-minded parasites and sex in temporally variable environments. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31(4): 611-620. link and a short synopsis here

AK Gibson and LT Morran. A model for evolutionary ecology of disease: the case for Caenorhabditis nematodes and their natural parasites. Journal of Nematology 49(4): 357-372. link

AK Gibson, LF Delph, and CM Lively. The two-fold cost of sex: experimental evidence from a natural system. Evolution Letters 1(1): 6-15. link and overview by Evol Lett. Made it into the Editors’ Picks for 2017; thanks Katrina Lythgoe!


AK Gibson, JY Xu, and CM Lively. Within-population covariation between sexual reproduction and susceptibility to local parasites. Evolution 70(9): 2049-2060. link and a poster on this project.

AK Gibson, J Jokela, and CM Lively. Fine-scale spatial covariation between infection prevalence and susceptibility in a natural population. The American Naturalist 188(1): 1-14. link and overview by Am Nat.

MJ McKone, AK Gibson,…M Neiman. Fine-scale association between parasites and sex in Potamopyrgus antipodarum within a New Zealand lake. New Zealand Journal of Ecology 40(3). link and press. A collaboration with Carleton College students.

DM Castillo, AK Gibson, and LC Moyle. Assortative mating and self-fertilization differ in their contributions to reinforcement, cascade speciation, and diversification. Current Zoology 62(2): 169-181. link


AK Gibson, KS Stoy, IA Gelarden, MJ Penley, CM Lively, and LT Morran. The evolution of reduced antagonism – a role for host-parasite coevolution. Evolution 69(11): 2820-2830. link

AK Gibson, DM Drown and CM Lively. The Red Queen’s Race: an experimental card game to teach coevolution. Evolution: Education and Outreach 8: 10. link and more here

AK Gibson and JA Fuentes. A phylogenetic test of the Red Queen Hypothesis: outcrossing and parasitism in the Nematode phylum. Evolution 69(2): 530-540. link and a poster on this project that won the 2013 Ruth Patrick Award

L Barbosa, CK Johnson, DM LambournAK Gibson, …ME Grigg. A novel Sarcocystis neurona genotype XIII is associated with severe encephalitis in an unexpectedly broad range of marine mammals from the northeastern Pacific Ocean. International Journal of Parasitology 45(9-10): 595-603. link

And earlier

AK Gibson, G Refrégier, ME Hood, and T. Giraud. 2014. Performance of a hybrid fungal pathogen on pure species and hybrid plant hosts. International Journal of Plant Sciences 175(6): 724-730. link

AK Gibson, Z Smith, C Fuqua, K Clay, and JK Colbourne. 2013. Why so many unknown genes? Partitioning orphans from a representative transcriptome of the lone star tick Amblyomma americanumBMC Genomics 15: 135. link

AK Gibson, E Petit, J Mena-Ali, B Oxelman, and ME Hood. 2013. Life-history strategy defends against disease and may select against physiological resistance. Ecology & Evolution: 1741-1750. link

AG Rothfuchs, E Roffe, AK Gibson, … A Bafica. 2012. Mannose-binding lectin regulates host resistance and pathology during experimental infection with Trypanosoma cruziPLoS One 7(11): e47835. link

AK Gibson, ME Hood, T Giraud. 2012. Sibling competition arena: selfing and a competition arena can combine to constitute a barrier to gene flow in sympatry. Evolution 66: 1917-1930. link

JM Wendte, AK Gibson, ME Grigg. 2011. Population genetics of Toxoplasma gondii: new perspectives from parasite genotypes in wildlife. Veterinary Parasitology 182: 96-111. link

AK Gibson, S Raverty, DM. Lambourn,…ME Grigg. 2011. Polyparasitism is associated with increased disease severity in Toxoplasma gondii-infected marine sentinel species. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases 5(5): e114. link, plus press – good and not good 1 + 2 (very exciting)

M López-Villavicencio, F Courjol, AK Gibson,…T Giraud. 2011. Competition, cooperation among kin, and virulence in multiple infections. Evolution 65: 1357-1366. link

AK Gibson, J Mena-Ali, ME Hood. 2010. Loss of pathogens in threatened plant species. Oikos 119: 1919-1928. link

ME Hood, J Mena-Ali, AK Gibson, …J Antonovics. 2010. Distribution of the anther-smut pathogen Microbotyrum on species of the Caryophyllaceae. New Phytologist 187: 217-229. link

Book Chapters

AK Gibson and CM Lively. 2019. Genetic diversity and disease spread: epidemiological models and empirical studies of a natural snail-trematode system. Wildlife Disease Ecology: Linking Theory to Data and Application. Ed. K Wilson, A Fenton, D Tompkins. Ch.2, pg 32-57. British Ecological Society, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, UK.

Writings for the public

Kayla Stoy and AK Gibson. Bloody-minded parasites and sex. Science Breaker. September 2018. link

AK Gibson. How to bring evolution into the classroom. IU Bionews, Spring 2017. ed. Terri Greene. link.