I feel that using an interactive approach allows students to start asking questions about biology instead of just memorizing scientific facts, enabling them to have a broader understanding of the subject matter. I also feel strongly that ecology and environmental studies courses should be transported into an outdoor classroom whenever possible. I believe that field-based courses are the best mechanism for teaching ecology, and in my experience students excel when presented with real-world challenges.
locationPolk Science - room 130
Subjects I teach include: Biology for your Life; Environmental Science; Ecology; Honors Research in Biology; Marine Biology; Biology Fundamentals; Parasitology; Evolution. More information can be found on my lab's website: www.langfordlab.com.
Ph.D. Parasitology, University of Nebraska
M.S. Herpetology, University of South Alabama
B.G.S. Environmental Studies, University of Kansas
My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of parasite life histories, and I have an interest in amphibian and reptile conservation. My research primarily occurs in and around aquatic habitats, where my students and I get wet and muddy collecting a variety of organisms! My parasitological research utilizes amphibians and reptiles as model systems to investigate issues of parasite community structure, host specificity, life cycle evolution, and biodiversity. My conservation research focuses on the population ecology of freshwater turtles in central Florida. I also have an interest in ecotoxicology and invertebrate zoology (especially spiders).
Langford, G.J., and J. Janovy, Jr. 2016. Ecological factors responsible for the geographic distribution of Rhabdias joaquinensis: where do lungworms infect anurans in nature? Parasitology Research 115: 1305-13.
J. A. Andrews*, J.N. Childress*, T.J. Iakovidis*, and G.J. Langford. 2015. Elucidating the life cycle and life history of a rare parasitic oligochaete, Dero hylae (Naididae), from Florida tree frogs. 101(3):275-281 Journal of Parasitology. *Undergraduate student
Langford, G.J.*, J.M. Macedonia*, C.W. Bessette*, J.L. Matey*, B.A. Raboin*, A.E. Schiffmacher*, and B.J. Reynolds*. 2014. Experimentally-induced phenotypic plasticity in hindlimb growth of Anolis sagrei and its impacts on perch diameter choice in an experimental enclosure. Journal of Herpetology. ^Co-authors, *Undergraduate student
Langford, G.J., M.S. Vhora*, M.G. Bolek, and J. Janovy, Jr. 2013. Co-occurrence of Haematoloechus complexus and Rhabdias joaquinensis in the Plains Leopard Frog from Nebraska. Journal of Parasitology. *Undergraduate student
Langford, G.J., B.A. Willobee*, and L.F. Isidoro*. 2013. Transmission, host specificity, and seasonal occurrence of Cyrtosomum penneri (Nematoda: Atractidae) in lizards from Florida. Journal of Parasitology. *Undergraduate student
Langford, G.J., and J. Janovy, Jr. 2013 Host specificity of North American Rhabdias spp. (Nematoda: Rhabdiasisae): Combining field data and experimental infections with a molecular phylogeny. Journal of Parasitology.
Langford, G.J., and J.C. Bruno*. 2011. Siren lacertina (Greater Siren) Diet. Herpetological Review 42:256. *Undergraduate author
Langford, G.J., and J. Janovy, Jr. 2010. Heterodon nasicus (Western Hog-nosed Snake). Diet and arboreal foraging behavior. Herpetological Review 42:291.
Langford, G.J., and J. Janovy, Jr. 2009. Comparative life cycles and life histories of North American Rhabdias spp. (Nematoda: Rhabdiasidae): lungworms of frogs and snakes. Journal of Parasitology 95: 1145-1155.
Nelson, D.H., G.J. Langford^, J.A. Borden, and W.M. Turner. 2009. Reproductive, Nesting, and Hatchling Ecology of the Alabama Red-bellied Cooter, Pseudemys alabamensis Baur.Chelonian Conservation and Biology 8:66-73. ^corresponding author
Borden, J.A. and G.J. Langford. 2008. A Simple Pitfall Trap for Samdpling Nesting Diamondback Terrapins. Herpetological Review 39:188-190.
Janovy, J. Jr., J. Detwiler, S. Schwank, M.G. Bolek, A.K. Knipes, and G.J. Langford. 2007. New and Emended Descriptions of Gregarines from Flour Beetles (Tribolium spp. and Palorus subdepressus: Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae). Journal of Parasitology 93:1155-1170.
Langford, G.J., J.A. Borden, C.S. Major, and D.H. Nelson. 2007. Effects of Prescribed Fire on the Herpetofauna of a Southern Mississippi Pine Savanna. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 2:135-144.