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David Gibson

David Gibson, Professor

Environmental Resources and Policy - Plant Biology

Research Interest

  • Population and community ecology succession
  • Plant competition
  • Exotic species
  • Ecology of grasslands
  • Agroecology
  • Ecology education
  • Effects of Global Environmental Change
  • Multivariate methods


Ph.D. 1985, University of Wales

Selected Publications

  1. Gibson, D.J. 2009. Grasses and Grassland Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 305pp. ISBN 0-19-852918-7. Chinese edition in press for Oct, 2012.
  2. Gibson, D.J. 2015. Methods in Comparative Plant Population Ecology, 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. 298pp. ISBN 978-0-19-967146-5 (hbk.).
  3. Gibson, D.J., Allstadt, A., Baer, S.G., & Geisler, M.G. 2012. Effects of foundation species genetic diversity on subordinate species richness in an assembling community. Oikos, 121:496-507.
  4. Gibson, D.J., Baer, S.G., Klopf, R.P., Reed, L.K., Wodika, B., & Willand, J. 2013.  Limited effects of dominant species population source on community composition during community assembly. Journal      of Vegetation Science, 24: 429-440. DOI: 10.1111/j.1654-1103.2012.01475.x.
  5. Gibson, D.J., Dewey, J., Goossens, H., & M.M. Dodd. 2014. Intraspecific variation among clones of a naïve rare grass affects competition with an invasive forb. Ecology & Evolution, 4: 186-199. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.919. Dryad archive: Data identifier: doi:10.5061/dryad.k68n1.
  6. Gibson, D.J., Gage, K.L., Matthews, J.L., Young, B.G., Owen, M.D.K., Wilson, R.G., Weller, S.C., Shaw, D.R., Jordan, D.L. 2013. The effect of weed management systems on weed species communities over 5 years in glyphosate resistant cropping systems. Applied Vegetation Science, 16: 676-687. DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12039.
  7. Gustafson, D.G., Major, C., Jones, D., Synovec, J., Baer, S.G., & D.J. Gibson. 2014. Genetic sorting of subordinate species in grassland modulated by intraspecific variation in dominant species. PLoS ONE 9(3): e91511. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0091511
  8. Martinez, K.A., D.J. Gibson, & B.A. Middleton. 2015. Core-satellite hypothesis and native versus exotic species in secondary succession. Plant Ecology, in press. 10.1007/s11258-015-0446-z
  9. Schwartz, L.M., D.J. Gibson, B.G. Young, J.L. Matthews, D.L. Jordan, M.D.K. Owen, D.R. Shaw, S.C. Weller, and Wilson, R.G. 2015. Seedbank and field emergence of weeds in glyphosate-resistant cropping systems in the United States. Weed Science, accepted.
  10. Willand, J., Baer, S.G., & D.J. Gibson. Propagule abundance and richness are equivalent or higher in communities restored with local ecotypes relative to cultivars of dominant species. Journal of Vegetation Science, in press. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12257.
David Gibson

Office: Life Science II 405
Phone: 618-453-3231