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Peer-reviewed articles


DM Hawley, AK Gibson, AK Townsend, ME Craft, and JF Stephenson. 2020. Bidirectional interactions between host social behaviour and parasites arise through ecological and evolutionary processes. Parasitology. In press. link

KS Stoy, AK Gibson, NM Gerardo, and LT Morran. A need to consider the evolutionary genetics of host–symbiont mutualisms. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. In press. link

AK Gibson, PS White, MJ Penley, JC de Roode, and LT Morran. 2020. An experimental test of parasite adaptation to common vs. rare host genotypes. Biology Letters. 16(7). link.

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

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.