Dr. Tracy Langkilde

Associate Professor

Email: tll30@psu.edu

Office: Mueller Laboratory, room 417

Phone: 814.867.2251

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

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Research Interests

 

Understanding what determines community composition is a prime objective of ecology. Evolution and adaptation can alter the nature of interactions between individuals and their (biotic and abiotic) environment, ameliorate fitness consequences, and permit coexistence of component species. My research focuses on this interface between ecology and evolution. Particularly, I aim to understand how individuals interact with one another and their environment, and how responses to changes in the environment can shape these interactions.

 

My work is mostly field based and focuses primarily on reptiles. It incorporates aspects of population, community, behavioral, physiological and evolutionary ecology; employing experimental and comparative approaches, as well as molecular techniques, to test key hypotheses in 4 main areas: invasion, stress, competition, and reproductive strategies.

 

 Consequences of invasion

 The ecological role and consequences of stress

 The role of competition in structuring communities

 The adaptive significance of reproductive strategies

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BSc

1999

James Cook University

PhD

2005

University of Sydney