Duke Biologist Who Studies Microbial Food Webs, Climate Change Receives Early Career Award

Jean-Philippe Gibert is an assistant professor biology at Duke University.

Now, Gibert and his team will be able to expand their work. The Early Career Investigator in Aquatic Microbial Ecology and Evolution Awards, given by the Simons Foundation, aim to “help launch the careers of outstanding investigators” in these fields.  

Gibert is one of four people to receive the award nationwide this year.

He will use the 3-year, $810,000 award to better understand how cross-kingdom interactions among protists, bacteria, fungi, and viruses will shift in response to warming.

Prior to joining Duke, Gibert was awarded a James S. McDonnell Postdoctoral Fellowship that he took to the University of California, Merced. He earned a Ph.D. in biology from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 2016.