Dr. Jeremy Gibson

Dr. Jeremy Gibson
Zoology Program Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Zoology
(270) 852-3165
Yu Hak Hahn #122B

Current & Future Courses:
Environmental Science
Invertebrate Zoology

Gibson Lab – Current & Future Research:
Research in my lab focuses on improving our understanding of how abiotic and biotic constraints affect animal communication. To pursue this research, we use a combination of field and laboratory approaches with various arthropod model systems.

The current plan is to begin searching for and collecting native wolf spiders in the fall of 2020 for identification and initial study. Initial work will focus on 4 main objectives.

  1. Identify 1 to 3 different local wolf spider species to use as potential study systems
  2. Establish reliable collection sites for the target species
  3. Develop husbandry protocols for spider rearing
  4. Assess courtship displays and mating behavior of target species

There will be a variety of student projects available but the number will strongly depend on the availability of research space, success of spider collecting and successful establishment of effective rearing protocols.

How to get involved?
In order to have a successful student research program it will take interested students to participate as: volunteers, student workers, and student researchers. If you’d like more information about current and future opportunities in the Gibson Lab please contact me via email: jeremy.gibson@kwc.edu


Academic Record
(For full CV, please send an email request to: jeremy.gibson@kwc.edu)

B.S., Biological Sciences, Northern Kentucky University
M.S., Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., Biological Sciences, University of Missouri

Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship: Department of electronic and engineering, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, United Kingdom).

Selected Presentations: 

Kentucky Academy of Science. 11/2019. Paper Presentation.

  • “Treehoppers follow an experimentally imposed vibrational amplitude gradient when mate searching”

University of Stirling Seminar Series. 04/2018. Invited speaker.

  • “Behaviour, ecology and physiology: shaping communication systems.”

University of Glasgow Spatial Ecology Seminar. 04/2018. Invited speaker.

  • “Localization mechanisms of small plant-dwelling insects.”

Insect Sound and Vibration Conference. 09/2017. Paper Presentation.

  • “Acoustic communication: body size versus frequency tuning as a balancing act in 3D.”

British Animal Sciences Network Conference. 05/2017. Invited speaker.

  • “Engineering novel hearing systems inspired by nature.”

Animal Behavior Society Conference. 08/2016. Poster Presentation.

  • “Evolution of directional hearing in moths: conversion of bat detection devices to asymmetric pressure gradient receivers.”

Society of Experimental Biology Conference. 07/2016. Poster Presentation.

  • “Acoustic communication: body size versus frequency tuning as a balancing act.”

Insect Sound and Vibration Conference. 07/2013. Paper Presentation.

  • “Treehoppers follow an experimentally imposed amplitude gradient.”

University of Strathclyde CUE Bioacoustics seminar. 03/2013. Invited speaker.

  • “Mate searching and directional accuracy in treehoppers.”

Animal Behavior Society Conference. 06/2012. Paper Presentation.

  • “Mate searching and directional accuracy in treehoppers.”

Insect Sound and Vibration Conference. 06/2011. Paper Presentation.

  • “Vibrational communication: mate searching and directional accuracy in treehoppers.”

Animal Behavior Society Conference. 07/2010. Poster Presentation.

  • “Male searching and vibration localization in treehoppers.”

Selected Publications:

–        Published: 1st Authorship

      Gibson, J.S. & Cocroft, R.B. 2018. Vibration-guided mate searching in treehoppers: directional accuracy and sampling strategies in a complex sensory environment. Journal of Experimental Biology, 221(6). Selected as an Inside JEB feature.

      Gibson, J.S. & Uetz, G.W. 2012. Effect of rearing environment and food availability on seismic signaling in male wolf spiders (Araneae: Lycosidae). Animal Behaviour, 84, 85-92.

      Gibson, J.S. & Uetz, G.W. 2008. Seismic communication and mate choice in wolf spiders: components of male seismic signals and mating success. Animal Behaviour, 75, 1253-1262.

–        Published: Co-Authorship

Robinson, J. Gibson, J.S. Arevalo-Maldonado, H.A. & De Prins, J. 2018. A non-destructive virtual dissection by micro-CT reveals diagnostic characters in the type specimen of Caloptilia stigmatella (Lepidoptera: Gracillariidae). Zootaxa, 4441(1), 137-150.

Cocroft, R.B., Hamel, J.A., Su, Q. & Gibson, J.S. 2014. Playback of animal vibrational signals. In: Vibrational Communication (Ed. R.B. Cocroft).

Uetz, G.W., Roberts, J.A., Clark, D.L., Gibson, J.S. & Gordon, S.D. 2013. Multimodal signals increase active space of communication by wolf spiders in a complex litter environment. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 67, 1471-1482.