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Peer-reviewed articles


Jiranek, J and Gibson, AK. Diet can alter the cost of resistance to a natural parasite in Caenorhabditis elegans. Ecology and Evolution. 13(2): e9793. open access


FM Mundim and AK Gibson. A diverse parasite pool can improve effectiveness of biological control constrained by genotype-by-genotype interactions. Evolutionary Applications. 15(12): 2078-2088. open access

AK Gibson and CR Amoroso. Ecology and evolution of parasite avoidance. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. 53. e-print.

LT Bubrig, AN Janisch, EM Tillet*, and AK Gibson. Contrasting parasite-mediated reductions in fitness within vs. between patches of a nematode host. Evolution. 76(7): 1556-1564. open access.

AK Gibson. Genetic diversity and disease: the past, present and future of an old idea. Evolution 76(S1): 20-36. Issue celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Society for the Study of Evolution. link to the issue and ePDF


AK Gibson and AE Nguyen*. Does genetic diversity protect host populations from parasites? A meta‐analysis across natural and agricultural systems. Evolution Letters. 5(1): 16-32. open access and write-up.

DM Hawley, AK Gibson, AK Townsend, ME Craft, and JF Stephenson. Bidirectional interactions between host social behaviour and parasites arise through ecological and evolutionary processes. Parasitology. In press. link and ePDF


KS Stoy, AK Gibson, NM Gerardo, and LT Morran. A need to consider the evolutionary genetics of host–symbiont mutualisms. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. 33(12): 1656-1668 link and ePDF

AK Gibson, PS White, MJ Penley, JC de Roode, and LT Morran. An experimental test of parasite adaptation to common vs. rare host genotypes. Biology Letters. 16(7). link and post-print

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. 33(6): 773-782 link and ePDF

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 and post-print


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

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. open access **authors contributed equally


AK GibsonD Vergara, LF Delph, and CM Lively. Periodic, parasite-mediated selection for and against sex. American Naturalist 192(5): 537-551. link, PMC full text, 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, PMC full text, and a short synopsis by KS Stoy 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 and PMC full text.

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. open access and overview by Evolution Letters. Made it into the Editors’ Picks for 2017


AK GibsonJY Xu*, and CM Lively. Within-population covariation between sexual reproduction and susceptibility to local parasites. Evolution 70(9): 2049-2060. link, PMC full text, 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, PMC full text, and overview 

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 (inquire for a PDF) and press. A collaboration led by 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 and PMC full text


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 and post-print

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. open access 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, PMC full text, and a poster on this project that won the 2013 Ruth Patrick Award

L Barbosa, CK Johnson, DM Lambourn, AK 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 PMC full text

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. open access

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. open access

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. open access

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. open access

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 and post-print

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 and PMC full text

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. open access, plus press – good and outraged 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 (inquire for a PDF)

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

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 and PMC full text

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.