Jean Philippe Gibert

Assistant Professor of Biology

I study how phenotypic traits and trait evolution determine predator-prey interactions and, through these, the structure and dynamics of complex networks of interacting species like food webs. I'm also interested in how these effects are mediated by the spatial structure of interacting species and changes in environmental conditions. To do so, I use a combination of mathematical models and computational methods, as well as empirical data from laboratory experiments and public data across systems and taxa.


  • Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln 2016

Fey, S. B., J. P. Gibert, and A. M. Siepielski. “The consequences of mass mortality events for the structure and dynamics of biological communities.” Oikos 128, no. 12 (December 1, 2019): 1679–90. Full Text

DeLong, John P., and Jean P. Gibert. “Larger Area Facilitates Richness-Function Effects in Experimental Microcosms.The American Naturalist 193, no. 5 (May 2019): 738–47. Full Text

Gibert, Jean P. “Temperature directly and indirectly influences food web structure.Scientific Reports 9, no. 1 (March 29, 2019): 5312. Full Text

Delong, J. P., and J. P. Gibert. “Larger area facilitates richness-function effects in experimental microcosms.” American Naturalist, January 1, 2019. Full Text

Gibert, J. P., and J. D. Yeakel. “Eco-evolutionary origins of diverse abundance, biomass, and trophic structures in food webs.” Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7, no. FEB (January 1, 2019). Full Text

DeLong, J. P., G. Bachman, J. P. Gibert, T. M. Luhring, K. L. Montooth, A. Neyer, and B. Reed. “Habitat, latitude and body mass influence the temperature dependence of metabolic rate.Biology Letters 14, no. 8 (August 2018). Full Text

Yeakel, Justin D., Jean P. Gibert, Thilo Gross, Peter A. H. Westley, and Jonathan W. Moore. “Eco-evolutionary dynamics, density-dependent dispersal and collective behaviour: implications for salmon metapopulation robustness.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 373, no. 1746 (May 2018). Full Text

DeLong, John P., Torrance C. Hanley, Jean P. Gibert, Linda M. Puth, and David M. Post. “Life history traits and functional processes generate multiple pathways to ecological stability.Ecology 99, no. 1 (January 2018): 5–12. Full Text


Delong, John P., Jean P. Gibert, Tom M. Luhring, Gwendolyn Bachman, Benjamin Reed, Abigail Neyer, and Kristi M. Montooth. “The combined effects of reactant kinetics and enzyme stability explain the temperature dependence of metabolic rates.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 57:E242–E242. OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2017.

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