James Gilbert

Dr James Gilbert

Lecturer in Zoology/ Deputy Programme Leader, Zoology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
  • School of Environmental Sciences

Summary

James is interested in the evolution of parental care and social behaviour - especially how these crucial animal interactions shape, and are shaped by, animals' nutritional environments. In the most spectacularly social or parental species, these behaviours are obligatory, which gives little insight into their evolution. Instead his work focuses on evolutionary origins - using comparative analyses across groups of social / parental species, and using field and lab experiments. James completed his PhD on the evolution of parental care at Cambridge, and a Marie Curie Fellowship on social behaviour at the Universities of Sydney and Sussex, before joining Hull in 2015. Twitter: @james_gilbert Festivals and public events - University of Hull coordinator for Pint of Science 2016 - University of Hull Science Festival 2016 - Hull Freedom Festival 2015 - Science Corner - TEDx Talk - Gilbert JDJ. 2014. Crickets help us understand sex. - Reddit AMA Popular science articles - Gilbert J D J, 'This Father's Day, be grateful your dad is a human', The Conversation, June 2015 - Gilbert J D J, 'Secrets of the orchid mantis revealed - it doesn't mimic an orchid after all', The Conversation, January, 2015 - Gilbert J D J, 'From monogamous termites to male-eating spiders, an insect ecologist explains', The Conversation, June, 2014 - Gilbert J D J, 'Handcuffs, traps and spikes shed light on the sex lives of insects', The Conversation, May, 2014. Republished on iflscience.com, slate.com, arstechnica.com and interviewed on Canada's CBC Radio Quirks and Quarks programme - Gilbert J D J, 'Invertebrates inject a bit of romance during sex - by stabbing each other', The Conversation, March, 2014. Republished on iflscience.com, slate.com, arstechnica.com - Gilbert J D J, 'Even among ants, size matters more than shape', The Conversation, Jan 2014 Radio and podcast interviews - Gilbert J D J, Quirks and Quarks, CBC Radio, Canada, Interview about paper on bushcricket sex, 2014 - Gilbert J D J, Diffusion Science Radio, Sydney 2ser, Pokemon thrips and a night at the disease museum, 2012 - Gilbert J D J, Diffusion Science Radio, Sydney 2ser, Lactating insects and handy fish, 2011 - Gilbert J D J, Diffusion Science Radio, Sydney 2ser, Cricket Balls and Climate Fix Flicks, 2011 - Gilbert J D J, 2011. Radio New Zealand Nights, Radio New Zealand, Interview about paper on bushcricket testes, 2011

Journal Article

Predation drives recurrent convergence of an interspecies mutualism

Feeney, W. E., Brooker, R. M., Johnston, L. N., Gilbert, J. D., Besson, M., Lecchini, D., …Manica, A. (2019). Predation drives recurrent convergence of an interspecies mutualism. Ecology letters, 22(2), 256-264. https://doi.org/10.1111/ele.13184

Skew in ovarian activation depends on domicile size in phyllode-glueing thrips

Gilbert, J. D., Wells, A., & Simpson, S. J. (2018). Skew in ovarian activation depends on domicile size in phyllode-glueing thrips. Scientific reports, 8(1), https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-21635-z

Aposematism in the burying beetle? Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense

Lindstedt, C., Boncoraglio, G., Cotter, S., Gilbert, J., & Kilner, R. M. (2017). Aposematism in the burying beetle? Dual function of anal fluid in parental care and chemical defense. Behavioral ecology, 28(6), 1414-1422. https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arx100

Male genital titillators and the intensity of post-copulatory sexual selection across bushcrickets

Lehmann, G. U., Gilbert, J. D., Vahed, K., & Lehmann, A. W. (2017). Male genital titillators and the intensity of post-copulatory sexual selection across bushcrickets. Behavioral ecology, 28(5), 1198-1205. doi:10.1093/beheco/arx094

Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates

Santos, E. S., Bueno, P. P., Gilbert, J. D. J., & Machado, G. (2017). Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates. Biological Reviews, 92(3), 1688-1701. https://doi.org/10.1111/brv.12303