Joel Gibson, Ph.D.


Biomonitoring 2.0 – Project Manager and Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, 
Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph

Dr. Gibson’s graduate research was on the evolutionary biology of Diptera; employing life history, morphological, and molecular data to study the phylogenetic relationships between species, genera, and families of flies. He also developed new molecular techniques to improve the efficiency of DNA-sequencing of rare species of flies. His postdoctoral research focuses on using phylogenetic relationships to develop improved next-generation sequencing protocols for biodiversity analysis and on using the vast amounts of sequence data available from next-generation methods to explore phylogenetic and ecological relationships in communities of terrestrial invertebrates.

As Project Manager of the Biomonitoring 2.0 project, Dr. Gibson works closely with, and acts as liaison between, all project teams, including sampling, sequencing, bioinformatics, data analysis, and community outreach. He is responsible for the day-to-day management, both administrative and financial, of the project.


B.Sc. – University of Guelph (1999)

M.Sc. – Iowa State University (2002)

B.Ed. – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto (2003)

Ph.D. – Carleton University (2011)

Selected Publications

Gibson JF, Skevington JH. 2013. Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of all genera of Conopidae (Diptera) based on morphological data. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 167: 43-81.

Gibson JF, Skevington JH, Kelso S. 2013. A phylogenetic analysis of relationships among genera of Conopidae (Diptera) based on molecular and morphological data. Cladistics 29: 193-226.

Shokralla S, Spall JL, Gibson JF, Hajibabaei M. 2012. Next-generation sequencing technologies for environmental DNA research. Molecular Ecology 21: 1794-1805.

Gibson JF, Kelso S, Jackson MD, Kits J, Miranda GFG, Skevington JH. 2011. Diptera-specific PCR-amplification primers of use in molecular phylogenetic research. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 104: 976-997.

Mei M, Gibson JF, Skevington JH. 2010. Observations on hilltopping in the Conopidae (Diptera). Journal of Insect Science 10(27):1-15.

Gibson JF, Skevington JH, Kelso S. 2010. Placement of Conopidae (Diptera) within Schizophora based on mtDNA and nrDNA gene regions. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56: 91-103.

Gibson JF, Kelso S, Skevington JH. 2010. Band-cutting no more: a method for the isolation and purification of target PCR bands from multiplex PCR products using new technology. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 56:1126-1128.

Gibson JF, Courtney GW. 2007. Revision of the net-winged midge genus Horaia Tonnoir and its phylogenetic relationship to other genera within the tribe Apistomyiini (Diptera: Blephariceridae). Systematic Entomology 32: 276-304.

Contact Information

Office: University of Guelph, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, Rm. 105

Phone: 226-979-2560


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