Amanda Gibson

Assistant Professor of Biology
047 Gilmer Hall
(434) 243-2626


  • B.A., Amherst College, 2008
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2016
  • NIH FIRST postdoctoral fellow, Emory University, 2016-2018

Research Interests

Do parasites drive evolutionary change in the wild? Under what conditions? And to what degree? Research in the lab takes on these questions by synthesizing data from field observations and experimental manipulations, with guidance from theoretical models and experimental evolution. I predominantly work with nematodes, which get all sorts of neat parasites and have extraordinary experimental power. Ongoing projects investigate the evolution of sex, the evolution of virulence, parasite-mediated selection on host life history, and coevolution in wild and agricultural settings. The lab is brand new (open as of January 2019), and I'm recruiting enthusiastic graduate students to join!

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Representative Publications

  • C Liu*, AK Gibson*, P Timper, LT Morran, and RS Tubbs. 2018. Rapid change in host specificity in a field population of the biological control organism Pasteuria penetransEvolutionary Applications: in press.
  • AK Gibson, D Vergara, LF Delph, and CM Lively. 2018. Periodic, parasite-mediated selection for and against sex. American Naturalist 192(5): 537-551.
  • AK Gibson, KS Stoy, and CM Lively. 2017. Bloody-minded parasites and sex in temporally variable environments. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31(4): 611-620.
  • AK Gibson and LT Morran. 2017. A model for evolutionary ecology of disease: the case for Caenorhabditis nematodes and their natural parasites. Journal of Nematology 49(4): 357-372. 
  • AK Gibson, LF Delph, and CM Lively. 2017. The two-fold cost of sex: experimental evidence from a natural system. Evolution Letters 1(1): 6-15.