Dr. Tobias Landberg

Tobias Landberg

Assistant Professor of Biology

Dr. Landberg earned his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts (2001). As an undergraduate he worked on the anatomical preparation of skeletons in the Massachusetts Museum of Natural History with Dr. Laurie Godfrey and in Dr. Elizabeth Brainerd's comparative physiology lab studying breathing and locomotion in turtles. He went on to study the development of locomotion in salamanders in Dr. Brainerd's lab, earning a M.S. in Organismal & Evolutionary Biology (2004). He earned his Ph.D. in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut (2010) working with Drs. Carl Schlichting and Kurt Schwenk. Dr. Landberg's first post-doctoral position was working on the complex life history of red-eyed treefrogs with Drs. Karen Warkentin and James Vonesh at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Gamboa, Panama. In his second post-doctoral position he focused on life history plasticity and evolution in salamanders and frogs with Dr. Howard Whiteman at the Watershed Studies Institute at Murray State University in Kentucky. He joined Arcadia as an assistant professor in the fall of 2013.

Research Interests

Dr. Landberg is an integrative biologist studying organisms at the intersection of ontogeny, ecology and evolution. His work on amphibian life history focuses on the ways development is affected by the environment and how developmental responses can evolve. He is particularly fascinated by metamorphosis and how early life experiences may affect the development of locomotor performance during this vulnerable life stage. His research also includes the study of maternal effects, using surgical manipulations of embryos to understand how maternal investment in yolk affects life history strategies from larvae through metamorphosis and even to adults. Dr. Landberg's early work on turtles continues in collaboration with the National Geographic Society, the Mystic Aquarium and other partners. The group uses animal-borne 'CritterCam' technology to have snapping turtles film their own environments. Dr. Landberg is broadly interested in the organismal biology of vertebrates and encourages emails from students who would like to discuss research topics in functional morphology, developmental plasticity, behavior and life history evolution.

(Mentored students in bold)

  • Landberg, T. Embryonic yolk removal affects a suite of hatchling salamander traits. Journal of Experimental Zoology B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution (in press) (PDF)
  • Willink, B., M. S. Palmer, T. Landberg, J. R. Vonesh, and K. M. Warkentin. 2013 Environmental context shapes immediate and cumulative costs of risk-induced early hatching. Evolutionary EcologyDOI 10.1007/s10682-013-9661-z (PDF)
  • Ross, C. F., R. Blob, D. R. Carrier, M. A. Daley, S. M. Deban, B. Demes, J. L. Gripper, B. Kilbourne, T. Landberg, J. Polk, N. Schilling, and B. Vanhooydonck. 2012 The evolution of tetrapod rhythmicity. Evolution 67(4):1209-1217 (PDF)
  • McCoy, M., J. Touchon, T. Landberg, K. M. Warkentin, and J. Vonesh, 2012. Prey responses to predator chemical cues: Disentangling the relative importance of the number and biomass of prey consumed. PLoS One 7(10): e47495 (PDF)
  • Landberg, T., C. J. Carlson, K. Abernathy, C. Luginbuhl, P. Gemme, and C. Mergins, 2010. Natural History Notes: Chelydra serpentina serpentina L. (Eastern Snapping Turtle). Survival after injury. Herpetological Review 41(1): 70-71. (PDF)
  • Landberg, T. and E. Azizi, 2010. Ontogeny of escape swimming performance in the spotted salamander. Functional Ecology 24(3): 576-586. (PDF)
  • Landberg, T., J. D. Mailhot, and E. L. Brainerd, 2009. Lung ventilation during treadmill locomotion in a semi-aquatic turtle,Trachemys scripta. Journal of Experimental Zoology 311A(8): 551-562. (PDF)
  • Azizi, E., T. Landberg, and R. J. Wassersug, 2007. Vertebral function during tadpole locomotion. Zoology 110: 290-297. (PDF)
  • Landberg, T., J. D. Mailhot, and E. L. Brainerd 2003. Lung ventilation during treadmill locomotion in a terrestrial turtle,Terrapene carolinaJournal of Experimental Biology 206(19): 3391-3404. (PDF)
  • Azizi, E. and T. Landberg, 2002. Effects of metamorphosis on the aquatic escape response of the two-lined salamander (Eurycea bislineata). Journal of Experimental Biology 205(6): 841-849. (PDF)

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