Insect ecology

Gibb Lab

For a full list of publications, including the most recent, see Heloise Gibb's Google Scholar Profile

1. Hjältén, J., Stenbacka, F., Pettersson, R., Gibb, H., Johansson, Danell, K., Ball, J.P., & Hilszczanski J. (in press) Micro and macro-habitat associations in saproxylic beetles: implications for biodiversity management. PLoS One.

2. Yates, M., Gibb, H. & Andrew, N.R. (2012) Habitat characteristics may override climatic influences on ant assemblage composition: a study using a 300 km climatic gradient. Australian Journal of Zoology 59: 332-338.

3. Gibb, H., Durant, B. & Cunningham, S.A. (2012) Arthropod colonisation of natural and experimental logs in an agricultural landscape: effects of habitat, isolation, season and exposure time. Ecological Management & Restoration 13: 166-174.

4. Johansson, T. & Gibb, H. (2012) Forestry alters foraging efficiency and crop contents of aphid-tending red wood ants, Formica aquilonia. PLoS One 7: e32817.

5. Gibb, H. (in press) How might terrestrial arthropod assemblages have changed after the ecological extinction of critical weight range (CWR) mammals in Australia? Reintroductions at Scotia Sanctuary as a model for pre-European ecosystems. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of NSW 134:

6. Gibb, H. (in press) Effects of planting method on the recovery trajectory of ant-plant interactions on revegetated farmland. Austral Ecology online early

7. Parr, C.L. & Gibb, H. (2012) The discovery-dominance trade-off is the exception, rather than the rule. Journal of Animal Ecology 81: 233-241.

8. Gibb, H. (2011) Experimental evidence for mediation of competition by habitat succession. Ecology 92: 1871-1878.

9. Barton, P.S., Gibb, H., Manning, A.D., Lindenmayer, D.B., Cunningham, S.A. (2011) Experimental reduction of native vertebrate grazing benefits beetle diversity at multiple scales. Journal of Applied Ecology 8: 943-951

10. Gibb, H. & Johansson, T. (2011) Field tests of interspecific competition in ant assemblages: Revisiting the dominant red wood ants. Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 548-557

11. Narendra, A., Gibb, H. & Mustak, A.T.M. (2011) Structuring of ant assemblages in Western Ghats, India: The role of habitat, disturbance and invasive species. Insect Conservation and Biodiversity 4: 132-141

12. Gibb, H. & Cunningham, S.A. (2011) Habitat contrasts reveal a shift in the trophic position of ant assemblages. Journal of Animal Ecology 80: 119-127

13. Barton, P.S., Gibb, H., Manning, A.D., Lindenmayer, D.B., Cunningham, S.A. (2011) Morphological traits and phylogenetic position as predictors of microhabitat use and response to habitat manipulation in a ground-dwelling beetle assemblage. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 102: 301-310.

14. Gibb, H. & Parr, C.L. (2010). How does habitat complexity affect ant foraging success? A test of functional responses on three continents. Oecologia 164: 1061-1073.

15. Weiser, M.D., Sanders, N.J., Agosti, D., Andersen, A.N., Cerdá, X., Ellison, A.M., Fisher, B.L., Gibb, H., Gotelli, N.J., Gove, A.D., Guénard, B., Janda, M., Kaspari, M., Lessard J.-P., Longino, J.T., Majer, J.D., Menke, S.B., McGlynn, T.P., Parr, C.L., Philpott, S.M., Retana, J., Suarez, A., Vasconcelos, H.L., Yanoviak, S.P. and Dunn, R.R. (2010) A global model of canopy ant diversity: Do mechanisms on the ground drive patterns in the trees? Biology Letters 6:769-772.

16. Dynesius, M., Gibb, H. & Hjältén, J. (2010) Covering of downed logs by soil and ground vegetation - a neglected process in forest biodiversity management. PLoS One 5 (10): e13237.

17. Barton, P.S., Manning, A.D., Gibb, H., Lindenmayer, D.B., Cunningham, S.A. (2010) Fine-scale heterogeneity in beetle assemblages under co-occurring Eucalyptus in the same subgenus. Journal of Biogeography 37: 1927-1937.

18. Hjältén, J., Gibb, H. & Ball, J.P. (2010) How does low intensity burning after clear-felling affect mid-boreal insect assemblages? Basic and Applied Ecology 11: 363-372.

19. Stenbacka, F., Hjältén, J., Hilszczanski, J., Ball, J.P., Gibb, H., Johansson, T. & Danell, K. (2010). Saproxylic parasitoid (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonoidea) communities in managed boreal forest landscapes. Insect Conservation and Diversity 3: 114-123.

20. Gibb, H. & Cunningham, S.A. (2010) Revegetation of farmland restores function and composition of epigaeic beetle assemblages. Biological Conservation 143:677-687.

21. Gibb, H. & Johansson, T. (2010) Harvesting of hemipteran honeydew by boreal ants is affected by forest management. Annales Zoologici Fennici 47: 99-110

22. Gibb, H. & Cunningham, S.A. (2009) Arboreal sugars affect ecological dominance in ant assemblages across a restoration chronosequence. Insectes Sociaux 56: 405-412.

23. Barton, P., Manning, A.D., Gibb, H., Lindenmayer, D.B. & Cunningham, S.A. (2009). Conserving ground-dwelling beetles in an endangered woodland community: Multi-scale habitat effects on assemblage diversity. Biological Conservation 142: 1701-1709.

24. Dunn, R.R., Agosti, D., Andersen, A.N., Arnan, X., Bruhl, C.A., Cerda, X., Ellison, A.M., Fisher, B.L., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Gibb, H., Gotelli, N.J., Gove, A.D, Guenard, B., Janda, M, Kaspari, M.E., Laurent, E.J., Lessard, J-P, Longino, J.T., Majer, J.D., Menke, S.B, McGlynn, T.P., Parr, C.L., Philpott, S.M., Pfeiffer, M., Retana, J., Suarez, A.V., Vasconcelos, H.L., Weiser, M.D., & Sanders, N.J. (2009) Climatic drivers of hemispheric asymmetry in global patterns of ant species richness. Ecology Letters 12: 324-333.

25. Gibb, H., Hilszczanski, J., Hjältén, J., Danell, K., Ball, J.P., Pettersson, R.B., & Atlegrim, O. (2008). Responses of parasitoids to saproxylic hosts and habitat: a multi-scale study using experimental logs. Oecologia 155: 63-74.

26. Dunn, R.R., Sanders, N.J., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Laurent, E., Lessard, J-P., Agosti, D., Andersen, A., Bruhl, C., Cerda, X., Ellison, A., Fisher, B., Gibb, H., Gotelli, N., Gove, A., Guenard, B., Janda, M., Kaspari, M., Longino, J.T., Majer, J., McGlynn, T.P., Menke, S., Parr, C., Philpott, S., Pfeiffer, M., Retana, J., Suarez, A., Vasconcelos, H. (2007). Global Ant Biodiversity and Biogeography--A New Database and its Possibilities. Myrmecological News 10: 77-83

27. Hjältén, J., Johansson, T., Atlegrim, O., Danell, K., Ball, J.P., Pettersson, R., Gibb, H. & Hilszczanski J. (2007). The importance of type (logs, snags or the top of trees) and treatment (shading or burning) of dead wood for its attractiveness to saproxylic beetles. Basic and Applied Ecology 8: 364-376.

28. Hilszczanski, J., Gibb, H. & Bystrowski, C. (2007). Effect of salvage on insect natural enemies of Ips typographus (L.) (Coleoptera, Curculionidae, Scolytinae) during its latency phase in old growth mixed lowland forest. Journal of Pest Science 80: 99-107.

29. Johansson, T., Gibb, H., Hjältén, J., Pettersson, R.B., Hilszczanski, J., Alinvi, O., Ball, J.P., & Danell, K. (2007). The effects of substrate manipulations and forest management on predators of saproxylic beetles. Forest Ecology and Management 242: 518-527.

30. Johansson, T., Hjältén, J., Gibb, H., Hilszczanski, J., Stenlid, J., Ball, J.P., Pettersson, R.B., Alinvi, O. & Danell, K. (2007). Variable response of different functional groups of saproxylic beetles to substrate manipulation and forest management: Implications for conservation strategies. Forest Ecology and Management 242: 496-510.

31. Gibb, H., Hjältén, J. (2007). Effects of low severity burning after clear-cutting on mid-boreal ant communities in the two years after fire. Journal of Insect Conservation 11: 169-175.

32. Gibb, H., Hjältén, J, Ball, J.P., Pettersson, R.B., Landin, J., Atlegrim, O. & Danell, K. (2006). Wing loading and habitat selection in forest beetles: Are red-listed species poorer dispersers or more habitat-specific than common congenerics? Biological Conservation 132: 250-260.

33. Gibb, H., Hjältén, J., Ball, J.P., Atlegrim, O., Pettersson, R.B., Hilszczanski, J., Johansson, T., & Danell, K. (2006). Effects of landscape composition and substrate availability on saproxylic beetles in boreal forests: a study using experimental logs to monitor assemblages. Ecography 21: 191-204.

34. Gibb, H., Pettersson, R.B., Hjältén, J., Ball, J.P., Atlegrim, O., Hilszczanski, J., Johansson, T., & Danell, K. (2006). Conservation-oriented forestry and early successional saproxylic beetles: an assessment of functional groups on man-made wood substrates. Biological Conservation. 129: 437-450.

35. Johansson, T., Gibb, H., Hilszczanski, J., Pettersson, R.B., Ball, J.P., Atlegrim, O., Hjältén, J & Danell, K. (2006). Effect of wood quality and forest type on bark beetles in northern Sweden. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 36: 174-185.

36. Gibb, H. (2005). Effects of a dominant ant on resource use by ant communities: the influence of habitat and resource type. Austral Ecology 30: 856-867.

37. Hilszczanski, J., Gibb, H., Hjältén, J., Atlegrim, O., Johansson, T., Pettersson, R.B., Ball, J.P. & Danell, K. (2005). Saproxylic parasitoids (Hymenoptera, Ichneumonoidea) are affected by forest management and dead wood quality in boreal spruce forests. Biological Conservation 126: 456-464.

38. Gibb, H., Ball, J.P., Johansson, T., Atlegrim, O., Hjältén, J & Danell, K. (2005). The effects of management on coarse woody debris volume and quality in boreal forests in northern Sweden. Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 20: 213-222.

39. Gibb, H. & Hochuli, D.F. (2004). Removal experiments reveal limited effects of a dominant species on ant assemblages. Ecology 85: 648–657.

40. Gibb, H. (2003). Dominant meat ants affect only their specialist predator in a complex natural system. Oecologia 136: 609-615.

41. Gibb, H. & Hochuli, D.F. (2003). Anthropogenic disturbance facilitates colonisation by a dominant ant: effects on ant community composition, biomass and resource use. Oikos 103: 469-478.

42. Gibb, H. & Hochuli, D.F. (2003). Nest relocation in the golden spiny ant, Polyrhachis ammon: environmental cues and temporal castes. Insectes Sociaux 50: 323-329.

43. Gibb, H., Giragossyan, H. & Hochuli, D.F. (2003). Spatial arrangement of nests of the common greenhead ant, Rhytidoponera metallica (F. Smith): overdispersion and the effect of a dominant ant. Supplementary series of the Records of the South Australian Museum. Monograph Series No. 7: 275-281.

44. Gibb, H. & Hochuli, D.F. (2002) Habitat fragmentation in an urban environment: large and small fragments support different arthropod assemblages. Biological Conservation 106: 91-100.

45. Gibb, H. & Hochuli, D.F. (1999). Nesting analysis of arthropod assemblages in habitat fragments in the Sydney region. Pp. 77-81 in The Other 99%. The Conservation and Biodiversity of Invertebrates Ed. By Winston Ponder and Daniel Lunney, 1999. Transactions of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, Mosman 2088.

Peer-reviewed book chapters

1. Parr, C.L. & Gibb, H. (2010). Competition and the role of dominant ants. In: Lach, L., Parr, C.L. & Abbott, K.A., editors. Ant Ecology. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

2. Hochuli, D.F., Gibb, H., Burrows, S.E. & Christie, F.J. (2004). Ecology of Sydney's urban fragments: has fragmentation taken the sting out of insect herbivory? In Urban Wildlife (D. Lunney & S. Burgin, eds), Royal Zoological Society of NSW, Mosman. pp 63-69.


1. Doherty, M., Kearns, A., Barnett, G., Sarre, A., Hochuli, D., Gibb, H. & Dickman, C. (2000). The Interaction Between Habitat Conditions, Ecosystem Processes and Terrestrial Biodiversity – a Review. Australia: State of the Environment Technical Paper Series (Biodiversity), Department of the Environment and Heritage, Canberra.

Popular publications

1. Hjältén, J., Danell, K., Johansson, T., Gibb, H., Alinvi, O., Pettersson, R. Ball, J., Hilszczanski, J. (2007). Mångfald gynnar mångfald - värdet av sparad död ved och gamla brukade skogar (Diversity favours diversity – the value of conserved dead wood and old managed forests). Fakta Skog