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Dr James Gilbert

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James Gilbert

Lecturer in Zoology/ Deputy Programme Leader, Zoology

Biography 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