Media coverage

Our work on thrips in the outback (amongst others) was featured in an episode of the Breaking Bio podcast:

Link to paper:  Gilbert JDJ. 2014. Thrips domiciles reduce larval desiccation in an arid environment. Behavioral Ecology, 25 (6): 1338-1346


I gave a TEDx Talk at TEDxSussexUniversity about our article on mating strategies featuring “bear traps”, “spikes”, “handcuffs” and some rather S&M-type practices in katydids.

This paper also appeared on the front page of Evolution, was covered by IFL Science and the Daily Mail, and I was interviewed on CBC Radio’s “Quirks and Quarks” program.  My article about this paper was published on The Conversation.




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Link to paper:  Vahed K, Gilbert JDJ, Weissman D, Barrientos-Lozano L. 2014. Functional equivalence of grasping cerci and nuptial food gifts in promoting ejaculate transfer in katydids. Evolution, 68(7):2052-2065. (doi:10.1111/evo.12421)



My article on traumatic insemination in The Conversation was (briefly) the site’s most read article, was picked up by, Ars Technica and IFL Science and has received nearly 125,000 views.




Our paper featuring the largest testicles known to science was featured in the BBCFox News and many international media.  Radio interviews by myself [Radio NZ – link here] and KV [BBC – see link above]. The paper was among Biology Letters’ “most read articles”, and featured in The Guardian’s “top scientific discoveries” in 2010. 

TV coverage: screenshots from BBC’s “QI” featuring the study:



We even ended up in Bizarre magazine.  We hoped the magazine’s choice of headline didn’t reflect their confidence in the study.

Kaz Bizarre mag

Link to paper:  Vahed K, Parker D, Gilbert JDJ. 2011. Larger testes are associated with higher levels of polyandry, but smaller ejaculate volumes, across bushcricket species (Tettigoniidae). Biology Letters (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0840)


  Gilbert JDJ, Fagan WF. 2011. Contrasting mechanisms of proteomic nitrogen thrift in Prochlorococcus. Molecular Ecology 20(1):92-104. 

This paper was featured as a “Perspective” in the issue in which it appeared (Bragg, J. 2011. How Prochlorococcus bacteria use nitrogen sparingly in their proteins. Molecular Ecology 20(1):27-28.)



I was interviewed on Australian radio about our papers on bushcricket titillators and testes – Sydney 2ser, link here.

Link to paper:  Vahed, K, Lehmann, G, Gilbert JDJ, Lehmann, A. 2011. Increased copulation duration is associated with larger spermatophores, and male genital titillators, across bushcricket taxa. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 24(9):1960-1968.


Our paper is “recommended” on Faculty 1000 ( and was featured in the UK and international online popular science media (Cambridge NewsAsian Age, Times of and others).


Link to paper:  Gilbert JDJ, Manica A. 2010. Parental care trade-offs and life history relationships in insects.  American Naturalist, 176(2):212-226

(Coverage for Gilbert et al 2010: I was interviewed on Australian radio  about our paper on assassin bug parental care – Sydney 2ser, link here).
Link to paper:  Gilbert JDJ, Thomas LK, Manica A. 2010. Quantifying the benefits and costs of parental care in assassin bugs.  Ecological Entomology 35(5):639-651.

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