Cara Gibson

Assistant Professor of Practice, Entomology

Director of Science Communications, Entomology

My formal training as an entomologist centered around insect-fungal symbioses; research that required an interdisciplinary approach combining systematics and biodiversity, ecology and evolution, and microbiology.

Following my graduate and post-doctoral work, I was the first Insect Ecologist Staff Scientist at the National Science Foundation’s National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), where I spearheaded all of the insect collection, analysis and archiving protocols for this multi-decadal, distributed monitoring project. Since 2012, I have coordinated the Arizona Insect Festival and done all of the graphic design work for this and other freelance projects.

I also teach several entomology courses and work to integrate our science with our broader community.


  • PhD, Entomology, University of Arizona, 2008