Research Interests

Luke is primarily interested in the ecology and conservation of mammals. He has conducted research in a variety of temperate and tropical locations, and has published papers on the Channel Island fox and Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep in California, Phayre's leaf monkeys in Thailand, long-tail macaques in Singapore, and Asiatic lions in India. For his PhD, Luke is studying the conversion of tropical forests to various land classes and its impact on biodiversity, and he is planning a field project to study the effect of fragmentation on small mammal and bat communities in Chiew Larn reservoir, southern Thailand.


National University of Singapore
PhD, Biological Sciences, 2010-

University of California, San Diego
MS, Biological Sciences, 2007-2010

Princeton University
BA, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2001-2005


Best Graduate Research Award, NUS Department of Biological Sciences, 2012
Top Graduate Researcher Award, NUS Faculty of Science, 2012
Singapore International Graduate Award (SINGA), 2010-2014
NSF East Asia & Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI), 2009
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention, 2009
UC San Diego Jeanne Marie Messier Memorial Fund, 2009

Research Experience

Wildlife Technician, Institute for Wildlife Studies
San Clemente Island, California, February-July 2007
Field Assistant, Stony Brook University
Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand, June 2005-July 2006

Work Experience

Conservation Crew Leader, Student Conservation Association
Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska, July-August 2008
Conservation Crew Leader, Student Conservation Association
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan, July-August 2007
Wilderness Ranger, US Forest Service
Eldorado National Forest, California, May-September 2005
Wilderness Ranger, US Forest Service
Eldorado National Forest, California, May-September 2004


Koh L.P., Kettle C.J., Sheil D., Lee T.M., Giam X., Gibson L., Clements G.R. 2013. Biodiversity state and trends in Southeast Asia. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity (Second Edition):509-527. PDF | URL

Gibson L.. 2013. Steering conservaion on a path towards hope. Trends in Ecology & Evolution in press. PDF | URL

Gibson L. & Koenig A. 2012. Neighboring groups and habitat edges modulate range use in Phayre's leaf monkeys (Trachypithecus phayrei). Behavioral Ecology & Sociobiology 66:633-643. PDF | URL

Gibson L., Lee T.M., Koh L.P., Brook B.W., Gardner T.A., Barlow J., Peres C.A., Bradshaw C.J.A., Laurance W.F., Lovejoy T.E. & Sodhi N.S. 2011. Primary forests are irreplaceable for sustaining tropical biodiversity. Nature 478:378-381. PDF | URL | BBC | The Conversation | | ConservationBytes

Sodhi N.S., Butler R., Laurance W.F. & Gibson L. 2011. Conservation successes at micro-, meso- and macroscales. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 26:585-594. PDF | URL | | Yale e360 | Conservation Magazine | Science Daily

Bradshaw C.J.A., Laurance W.F., Gibson L., Ehrlich P.R. & Brook B.W. 2011. Homage to an avant-garde conservation leader, Navjot Sodhi. Conservation Biology 25:1056-1058. PDF | URL

Gibson L. 2011. Possible shift in macaque trophic level following a century of biodiversity loss in Singapore. Primates 52:217-220. PDF | URL | Conservation Magazine

Gibson L. & Sodhi N.S. 2011. Habitats at risk: a step forward, a step back. Science 331:1137. PDF | URL | Science Podcast

Singh H.S. & Gibson L. 2011. A conservation success story in the otherwise dire megafauna extinction crisis: the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) of Gir forest. Biological Conservation 144:1753-1757. PDF | URL | Conservation Magazine | BBC

Larney E., Whitty T., Gibson L., et al. 2007. Return of wild Phayre's leaf monkey infants to their social group in Phu Khieo Wildlife Sanctuary, Thailand. Natural History Bulletin of the Siam Society 55:193-196.

Gibson L. 2006. The role of lethal control in managing the effects of apparent competition on endangered prey species. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34:1220-1224. PDF | URL