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Kevin D Gibson

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Professor
765.496.2161
765.494.0363
Lilly Hall Room 1-359

Kevin Gibson’s research is focused on the development of weed management systems that increase the competitive ability of crops, reduce the need for herbicide inputs, and provide sustainable weed control in agronomic and vegetable crops.  He is currently assessing alternative control strategies such as cover crops and intercropping to limit seed rain and reduce the need for herbicide use in vegetable crops.  Dr. Gibson is also interested in the distribution, abundance, and management of native and invasive plants.  His lab is studying the population dynamics of wild rice in Indiana and the impacts of invasive plants on forest communities.

Awards & Honors

(2011) Purdue University Diversity Faculty Fellow. Purdue University.

(2007) NCWSS Outstanding Young Scientist. North Central Weed Science Society.

(2006) Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

(2006) Outstanding UndergraduateTeaching Award. Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

Selected Publications

Quackenbush, P. M., Jenkins, M. A., Emery, N. C., Kladivko, E. J., & Gibson, K. D. (2013). Invasive Earthworms and Plants in Indiana Old and Second Growth Forests. Invasive Plant Science and Managment, 6, 161-174.

Adams, M. M., Benjamin, T. C., Emery, N., Brouder, S. M., & Gibson, K. D. (2013). The effect of biochar on native and invasive prairie plant species. Invasive Plant Scinece and Management, 6, 197-207.

Gibson, K. D., Benjamin, T. J., Chapin, B. R. K., Oseto, C. Y., & Lucietto, A. M. (in press). Engaging undergraduate students from two institutions in a multicultural synchronously taught agriculture course. NACTA.

Butler, R. A., Brouder, S. M., Johnson, W. G., & Gibson, K. D. (in press). Response of five summer annual weed species to mowing frequency and height. Weed Technology.

Quackenbush, P. M., Butler, R. A., Emery, N. C., Jenkins, M. A., Kladivko, E. J., & Gibson, K. D. (2012). Lumbricus terrestris prefers to consume garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) seeds. Invasive Plant Science and Management, 5, 148-154.

Gibson, K. D., Benjamin, T. J., Oseto, C. Y., & Adams, M. M. (2012). A short-term study abroad course in Costa Rica. North American Colleges Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) J., 56, 23-27.

Tucker, R., Zanis, M., Emery, N. C., & Gibson, K. D. (2011). Effects of water depth and seed provenance on the growth of wild rice (Zizania aquatic L.). Aquatic Botany, 94, 113-118.

Gibson, K. D., McMillan, J., Hallett, S. G., Jordan, T., & Weller, S. C. (2011). Effect of a living mulch on weed seed banks in tomato. Weed Technology 25:245-251., 25, 245-251.

Tucker, R., Zanis, M., Emery, N., & Gibson, K. D. (2010). Response of Indiana wild rice populations to water depth. Aquatic Botany, 94, 113-118.

Gibson, K. D., McMillan, J., Hallett, S. G., Jordan, T., & Weller, S. C. (2010). Effect of a living mulch on weed seed banks in tomato. Weed Technology, 25, 245-251.