Casey Gilman

Casey Gilman

PhD Candidate

B.S., University of New Mexico, 2006
M.S., University of New Mexico, 2010

Advisor: Duncan J. Irschick

Research Interests

I study lizard evolutionary ecology, specifically locomotion and postcopulatory sexual selection. I am interested in the interaction between lizards and their environment, whether physical or social, and how this leads to the amazing morphological, physiological, and ecological diversity we see in modern lizards.

PhD Research

My thesis work focuses on postcopulatory (during and after sex) sexual selection and genital evolution in lizards. Although lizards are numerous and diverse, less is known about sexual selection evolution and plasticity in this group than any other major taxonomic group. In particular, while precopulatory sexual selection in squamates (lizards and snakes) has been a focus of many studies, postcopulatory sexual selection has received comparatively little attention.


King D.R., Bartlett M.D., Gilman C.A., Irschick D.J., and A.J. Crosby. (in review). Surpassing the adhesive ability of the gecko on “real world” surfaces. Advanced Materials.

Gilman C.A., and D.J. Irschick. 2013. The foils of flexion: the effects of compliance on lizard locomotion and perch choice in the wild. Functional Ecology 27:374-381.

Gilman C.A., Candelaria G., Gershman B., Norenberg J.P., and B.O. Wolf. 2013. Respiratory biology during gravidity in Crotaphytus collaris and Gambelia wislizenii. Journal of Herpetology 47:262-269.

Warne R.W., Gilman C.A., Garcia D.A., and B.O. Wolf. 2012. Capital breeding and allocation to life history demands are highly plastic in lizards. American Naturalist 180:130–141.

Gilman C.A., Bartlett M.D., Gillis G.B., and D.J. Irschick. 2012. Total recoil: Perch compliance alters jumping performance and kinematics in green anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis). Journal of Experimental Biology 215:220-226.

Warne R.W., Gilman C.A., and B.O. Wolf. 2010. Tissue carbon incorporation rates in lizards: implications for ecological studies using stable isotopes in terrestrial ectotherms. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 83:608-617.

Gilman C.A., Toolson, E.C., and B.O. Wolf. 2008. Effects of temperature on behavior of Trimerotropis pallidipennis (Orthoptera, Acrididae). Southwestern Naturalist 52:162-168.

Gilman C.A., and B.O. Wolf. 2007. Use of portable ultrasonography as a nondestructive method for estimating reproductive effort in lizards. Journal of Experimental Biology 210:1859-1867.