Preprints currently on bioRxiv – all comments/feedback appreciated:

Gilbert JDJ, Wells A, Simpson SJ. 2016. Skew in ovarian activation depends on domicile size in a facultatively social thrips. bioRxiv, doi:

Peer-reviewed publications

Papers published: 2016

PDF_Symbolnew (1)Santos ESA, Bueno PP, Gilbert JDJ, Machado G. 2016. Macroecology of parental care in arthropods: higher mortality risk leads to higher benefits of offspring protection in tropical climates. Biological Review, online early view (doi: 10.1111/brv.12303)


Field J, Shreeves G, Kennedy M, Stimmler C, Gilbert JDJ, Brace S. 2015. Sex-biased parental care and sexual size dimorphism in a provisioning arthropod. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 69 (12): 1897-1906

Grinsted L, Bilde T, Gilbert JDJ. 2015. No evidence for group selection in social spiders. Nature 524:E1-E3 (doi:10.1038/nature14595)

pdfOA Gilbert JDJ, Manica A. 2015. The evolution of parental care in insects: a test of current hypotheses. Evolution, 69 (5):1255-1270.


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

 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)


 Thomson CE, Gilbert JDJ, Brooke M de L. 2013. Cytochrome b Divergence between Avian Sister Species is Linked to Generation Length and Body Mass. PLoS ONE, 9(2): e85006. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0085006).


 Gilbert JDJ, Acquisti C, Martinson HM, Elser JJ, Kumar S, Fagan WF. 2013. GRASP [Genomic Resource Access for Stoichio-proteomics]: atomic content of 12 Drosophila proteomes.  BMC Genomics 14:599 (doi:10.1186/1471-2164-14-599)

 Gilbert JDJ, Simpson SJ. 2013. Natural history and behaviour of Dunatothrips aneurae (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripinae), a species with facultative pleometrosis. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 109(4):802-816 

[Link] Gilbert, JDJ. 2013. The Evolution of Parental Care. Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. Invited contribution.



[Link]  Gilbert, JDJ. 2012. Reproductive Allocation in Animals. In: Oxford Bibliographies Online: Ecology. Ed. David Gibson. New York: Oxford University Press. Invited contribution.

 Gilbert JDJ, Mound LA, Simpson SJ. 2012. Biology of a new species of social parasite inside Dunatothrips nests, with implications for the evolution of inquilinism in Acacia thrips. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 107(1):112-122

 Gilbert JDJ. 2011. Insect dry weight: shortcut to a difficult quantity using museum specimens.  Florida Entomologist 94(4):964-970

 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 

(Coverage for Vahed et al 2011: Our paper on bushcricket testes was featured in the BBCFox News and many international media, including radio interviews by myself [Radio NZ – link here] and KV [BBC – see link above], was among Biology Letters’ “most read articles”, and featured in The Guardian’s “top scientific discoveries” in 2010.  We even ended up in Bizarre magazine  – PG-rated scan available soon!)

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

(Coverage for Gilbert & Fagan 2011: featured as a “Perspective”; see Bragg, J. 2011. How Prochlorococcus bacteria use nitrogen sparingly in their proteins. Molecular Ecology 20(1):27-28.)

 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.

(Coverage for Vahed et al 2011:  I was interviewed on Australian radio about our papers on bushcricket titillators and testes – Sydney 2ser, link here)


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

(Coverage for Gilbert & Manica 2010: “recommended” on Faculty 1000 ( and was featured in the UK and international online popular science media (Cambridge NewsAsian Age, Times of and others).
 Gilbert JDJ, Thomas LK, Manica A. 2010. Quantifying the benefits and costs of parental care in assassin bugs.  Ecological Entomology 35(5):639-651.
(Coverage for Gilbert et al 2010: I was interviewed on Australian radio  about our paper on assassin bug parental care – Sydney 2ser, link here).

 Gilbert JDJ, Manica A. 2009. Brood conspicuousness and clutch viability in male-caring assassin bugs (Rhinocoris tristis). Ecological Entomology 34 (2): 176-182.

 Hambäck PA, Gilbert JDJ, Schneider K, Martinson HM, Kolb G, Fagan WF. 2009. Effects of body size, trophic mode and larval habitat on dipteran stoichiometry: A regional comparison. Oikos 118: 615-623.


 Martinson HM, Schneider K, Gilbert JDJ, Hines JE, Hambäck PA, Fagan WF. 2008. Detritivory: stoichiometry of a neglected trophic level. Ecological Research. 23: 487-491 [44 citations]

 Zalat S, Gilbert FS, Fadel H, El-Hawagry MS, Saleh HM, Kamel S, Gilbert JDJ. 2008. Biological explorations of Sinai: flora and fauna of Wadi Isla and Hebran, St Katherine Protectorate, Egypt. Egyptian Journal of Natural History. 5: 6-15.


 Clayton NS, Dally JM, Gilbert JDJ, Dickinson A. 2005. Food caching by western scrub-jays (Aphelocoma californica) is sensitive to conditions at recovery. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behaviour Processes 31:115-124.

Gilbert JDJ. 2001. Callicera aurata in Surrey. Entomologists Monthly Magazine 137:153

Papers in review:

Gilbert JDJ, Gilbert FS. On the evolution of higher taxa via chromosomal reorganization. Submitted to Science.

Papers in prep:

Gilbert JDJ, Simpson SJ. Ecological factors affecting cooperative behaviour of Dunatothrips aneurae (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripinae), a socially plastic species. For subm. to Behav. Ecol.

Gilbert JDJ, Simpson SJ. Nutritional factors affecting cooperative behaviour of Dunatothrips aneurae (Thysanoptera: Phlaeothripinae), a socially plastic species. For subm. to Behav. Ecol.

Gilbert JDJ, Manica A. Plant preference, population density and paternal care in assassin bugs. For subm. to Bull. Ent. Res.

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