Tracy Langkilde

Professor of Biology; Dean of the Eberly College of Science

Tracy Langkilde

Research Summary

The interface of ecology and evolution to understand how an organism's traits are matched to its environment and responds to novel selective pressures imposed by global environmental change, and the consequences of this adaptation.

Huck Affiliations


Publication Tags

Lizards Glucocorticoids Lizard Corticosterone Pregnancy Fire Ants Vertebrates Ant Effect Sceloporus Undulatus Costs And Cost Analysis Ecology Breeding Phenotype Hormones Wild Animals Exposure Temperature Mothers Ants Birds Chromosomes Gastrointestinal Microbiome Hemagglutination Fitness

Most Recent Publications

Braulio A. Assis, Julian D. Avery, Ryan L. Earley, Tracy Langkilde, 2022, Frontiers in Endocrinology

Kirsty J. MacLeod, Kevin D. Kohl, Brian K. Trevelline, Tracy Langkilde, 2022, Molecular Ecology on p. 185-196

K. J. MacLeod, T. Langkilde, J. J. Heppner, C. A.F. Howey, K. Sprayberry, C. Tylan, M. J. Sheriff, 2021, Hormones and Behavior

Kirsty J. MacLeod, Tracy Langkilde, Cameron P. Venable, David C. Ensminger, Michael J. Sheriff, 2021, Behavioral Ecology on p. 1330-1338

Aundrea K. Westfall, Rory S. Telemeco, Mariana B. Grizante, Damien S. Waits, Amanda D. Clark, Dasia Y. Simpson, Randy L. Klabacka, Alexis P. Sullivan, George H. Perry, Michael W. Sears, Christian L. Cox, Robert M. Cox, Matthew E. Gifford, Henry B. John-Alder, Tracy Langkilde, Michael J. Angilletta, Adam D. Leaché, Marc Tollis, Kenro Kusumi, Tonia S. Schwartz, 2021, GigaScience

David C. Ensminger, Sue R. Siegel, Dustin A.S. Owen, Michael J. Sheriff, Tracy Langkilde, 2021, Comparative biochemistry and physiology. Part A, Molecular & integrative physiology

Braulio A. Assis, Julian D. Avery, Catherine Tylan, Heather I. Engler, Ryan L. Earley, Tracy Langkilde, 2021, Ecology and Evolution on p. 7647-7659

Size-assortative mating in explosive breeders: A case study of adaptive Male mate choice in anurans

Lindsey Swierk, Tracy Langkilde, 2021, Behaviour on p. 849-868

Catherine Tylan, Maria Horvat-Gordon, Paul A. Bartell, Tracy Langkilde, 2020, Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological and Integrative Physiology on p. 792-804

Most-Cited Papers

Jennifer B. Tennessen, Susan E. Parks, Tracy Langkilde, 2014, Conservation Physiology

The role of behaviour in the establishment of novel traits

Marlene Zuk, Elizabeth Bastiaans, Tracy Langkilde, Elizabeth Swanger, 2014, Animal Behaviour on p. 333-344

The impacts of invaders

Sean P. Graham, Nicole A. Freidenfelds, Gail L. McCormick, Tracy Langkilde, 2012, General and Comparative Endocrinology on p. 400-408

Hot boys are blue

Tracy Langkilde, Katherine E. Boronow, 2012, Journal of Herpetology on p. 461-465

Gail L. McCormick, Katriona Shea, Tracy Langkilde, 2015, General and Comparative Endocrinology on p. 81-87

N. A. Freidenfelds, T. R. Robbins, T. Langkilde, 2012, Behavioral Ecology on p. 659-664

Personality traits are expressed in Bullfrog tadpoles during open-field trials

Bradley E. Carlson, Tracy Langkilde, 2013, Journal of Herpetology on p. 378-383

Female lizards discriminate between potential reproductive partners using multiple male traits when territory cues are absent

Lindsey Swierk, Matthew Ridgway, Tracy Langkilde, 2012, Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology on p. 1033-1043

Brian K. Trevelline, Kirsty J. MacLeod, Sarah A. Knutie, Tracy Langkilde, Kevin D. Kohl, 2018, Biology Letters

Survival and reproductive costs of repeated acute glucocorticoid elevations in a captive, wild animal

K. J. MacLeod, M. J. Sheriff, D. C. Ensminger, D. A.S. Owen, T. Langkilde, 2018, General and Comparative Endocrinology on p. 1-6

News Articles Featuring Tracy Langkilde

How Do Animals Know What Their Predators Are?

It’s a quintessential nature documentary scene: An unsuspecting animal — say, a zebra, a lizard or a seal — is spotted by a hungry lion, hawk or shark. Suddenly, the predator attacks, and off they go into a high-speed chase. But how does the prey recognize its foe and understand that it poses a risk?

Snapshot USA: First-ever nationwide mammal survey now published

The results of the first national mammal survey, now publicly available online, provide the framework to answer a variety of questions about wild animal populations and conservation strategies for threatened species. The survey, which involved researchers from across the country including a biologist at Penn State, is made up of data from 1,509 motion-activated camera traps from 110 sites located across all 50 states.

Maternal stress during pregnancy may shorten lifespans of male lizard offspring

Mother fence lizards that experience stress during pregnancy give birth to male offspring with shortened telomeres, or bits of non-coding DNA that cap the ends of chromosomes, according to a Penn State-led study.

Tracy Langkilde Named New Penn State Eberly College of Science Dean

Tracy Langkilde will become the dean of Penn State’s Eberly College of Science, effective October 1. She will replace Douglas Cavener, who stepped down in June to continue teaching and researching full-time.

Sunnier but riskier

Conservation efforts that open up the canopy of overgrown habitat for threatened timber rattlesnakes — whose venom is used in anticoagulants and other medical treatments — are beneficial to snakes but could come at a cost, according to a new study by researchers at Penn State and the University of Scranton.

Biology professor, department head recognized for study of amphibians, reptiles

Professor of Biology Tracy Langkilde has been named Distinguished Herpetologist for her contributions to the field by the Herpetologists' League, an international organization of people devoted to studying the biology of amphibians and reptiles.

Research shows frogs can adapt to traffic noise

Frogs don’t like living near noisy highways any better than people do, but new research suggests that frogs, like hardened city-dwellers, can learn to adapt to the constant din of rumbling trucks, rolling tires and honking horns.

Penn State Researchers Discover Lizards Probably Handle Sex And Stress Better Than People

A new study by Penn State researchers shows that stress doesn’t affect the sexiest features of male eastern fence lizards, definitively proving that lizards have their shit together way more than humans do.

Research: Features that make lizards appealing to potential mates are resilient to stress

Physical traits and behaviors that make a lizard sexy — features used to attract potential mates and fend off competitors — may be important enough that they do not change in the face of stress. A new study by researchers at Penn State reveals that the blue and black badges on the throats and abdomens of male fence lizards — and signaling behaviors used to show them off — are not affected by low levels of stress-associated hormones, unlike many other traits.

Ecology Alum Jennifer Tennessen Brings Acoustics to Killer Whale Conservation

Dr. Jennifer Tennessen applies the lessons of her interdisciplinary research at the Huck to her professional work with killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.