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Kevin D Gibson

Botany and Plant Pathology 

  • Associate 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

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.

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

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

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.

Renz, M., Gibson, K. D., Hillmer, J., Howe, K. M., Waller, D. M., & Cardina, J. (2009). Land manager and researcher perspectives on invasive plant research needs in the midwestern United States. Invsive Plant Science and Management, 2, 83-91.

Davis, V. M., Gibson, K. D., Mock, V. A., & Johnson, W. G. (2009). In-field and soil-related factors that affect the presence and prediction of glyphosate- resistant horseweed (Conyza canadensis) populations collected from Indiana soybean fields. Weed Science, 57, 281-289.

Davis, V. M., Gibson, K. D., Bauman, T. T., Weller, S. S., & Johnson, W. G. (2009). Influence of weed management practices and crop rotation of glyphosate-resistant horseweed (Conyza canadensis) population dynamics and crop yield – Years III and IV. Weed Science, 57, 417-426.

Westoven, A. M., Davis, V. M., Gibson, K. D., Weller, S. C., & Johnson, W. G. (2008). Field presence of glyphosate-resistant horseweed (Conyza canadensis) and common lambsquarters (Chenopodium album) and giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida) biotypes with elevated tolerance to glyphosate. Weed Technology, 22, 544-548.