Dept. of Entomology, University of Arizona
Forbes Building Room 410
1140 E South Campus Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0036
Office: 641A Marley Building
Ph.D. in Entomology, University of Arizona 2008
M.Sc. in Entomology, University of Arizona 2002
B.Sc. (Honors) in Biology, University of Toronto 1999
My formal training as an entomologist centered around insect-fungal symbioses; research that required an interdisciplinary approach combining systematics and biodiversity, ecology and evolution, and microbiology.
Following my graduate and post-doctoral work, I was the first Insect Ecologist Staff Scientist at the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), where I spearheaded all of the insect collection, analysis and archiving protocols for this multi-decadal, distributed monitoring project. Since 2012, I have coordinated the Arizona Insect Festival and done all of the graphic design work for this and other freelance projects >> www.caragibson.com
I also teach several entomology courses and work to integrate our science with our broader community.
Instruction (80%) and Outreach (20%)
Gibson CM 2017. Outside the Tower Feature: A big, bug science party. Science. 355 (6321): 141.
Kao, RH, CM Gibson et al. 2012. NEON terrestrial field observations: Designing continental-scale, standardized sampling. Ecopshere. 3:art115.
Gibson CM, RH Kao, KK Blevins & PD Travers. 2012. Integrative taxonomy for continental-scale terrestrial insect observations. PLOS ONE 7(5): e37528.
Gibson, CM, KK Blevins & PD Travers. 2012. NEON Configured Technical Reports, Field & Laboratory Protocols: Ground Beetle Diversity 98 pp.; Mosquito Diversity 56 pp.
Schimel, D, M Keller, S Berukoff, RH Kao, H Loescher, H Powell, T Kampe, DJP Moore, W Gram, D Barnett, RE Gallery, CM Gibson, et al. 2011. The NEON Science Strategy Document. 56pp.
Gibson, CM, KK Blevins & PD Travers. 2011. NEON Field & Lab Training Protocols: Ground Beetle Abundance & Diversity 36 pp.; Mosquito Abundance, Diversity, & Phenology 28 pp.
Gibson, CM & MS Hunter. 2010. Extraordinarily widespread & fantastically complex: Comparative biology of endosymbiotic bacterial & fungal mutualists of insects. Ecology Letters 13:223-34
Gibson, CM & MS Hunter. 2009. Negative fitness consequences & transmission dynamics of a heritable fungal symbiont in a parasitic wasp. Applied & Environmental Microbiology 75(10): 3115-9
Gibson, CM & MS Hunter. 2009. Inherited fungal & bacterial endosymbionts of a parasitic wasp & its cockroach host. Microbial Ecology 57(3): 542-9
U’Ren, JM, JW Dalling, RE Gallery, DR Maddison, EC Davis, CM Gibson & AE Arnold. 2009. Diversity & evolutionary origins of fungi associated with seeds of a neotropical pioneer tree: A case study for analyzing fungal environmental samples. Mycological Research 113(4): 432-49
Bidartondo, MI & 249 others, including CM Gibson. 2008. Preserving accuracy in GenBank. Science 319 (5870): 1616
Gibson, CM & MS Hunter. 2005. Reconsideration of the role of yeast associated with Chrysoperla green lacewings. Biological Control 32(1): 57-64
Suh, S-O, CM Gibson & M Blackwell. 2004. Metschnikowia chrysoperlae sp. nov., Candida picachoensis sp. nov. & Candida pimensis sp. nov., isolated from green lacewings Chrysoperla comanche & Chrysoperla carnea (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). International Journal of Systematic & Evolutionary Microbiology 54: 1883-90
Link to Research Gate profile here.