Alice Gibb and three colleagues were featured in Science for their symposium, “Vertebrate Land Invasions—Past, Present, and Future,” presented at the 2013 Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting, held in San Francisco Jan. 3-7.
Native fish (roundtail chub) feeding on algae in Fossil Creek, AZ
photo credit: Matt O'Neill, AZ Game and Fish
A more detailed summary of the work appears on the Inside NAU page.
This work has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Experimental Zoology.
The time-elapsed image above, taken by Dr. Alice Gibb at Northern Arizona University, shows the mosquitofish's ability to move outside of water with apparent skill and purpose. The study suggests that vertebrates may have invaded land more frequently than previously thought. Click here to watch video clips of the jumping behavior the researchers observed in several species of fish.
Confluence of Little Colorado River and Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.
photo credit: David Ward, Arizona Game and Fish
I am interested in the physiological and morphological basis of behaviors critical to individual fitness, especially prey capture and locomotion. Although I am broadly interested in functional morphology and comparative physiology, my research focuses on several specific aspects of these disciplines.
The development of behaviors and their associated physiological systems.
The Hornyhead turbot: Pleuronichthys verticalis
photo credit: Alice Gibb
The relationship between animal performance and survival in the wild.
The physical constraints that intrinsic and extrinsic factors place on behaviors.
I have been collaborating with several scientists at other institutions, including Dr. Miriam Ashley-Ross at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, Dr. Lara Ferry at Arizona State University West in Phoenix, AZ, Dr. Patricia Hernandez at The George Washington University in Washington, DC, Dr. John Long at Vassar College, in Poughkeepsie, NY, and Dr. Ryan Earley at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL.
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