Tobias Landberg

Assistant Professor, Biology

224 Boyer Hall 1 (215) 572-2885 by email appointment

About Me

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.


Embryonic yolk removal affects neither morphology nor escape performance of larval axolotls

Research Paper, Zoology

Co-Authored with Brain, C. and T. Landberg

Maternal investment mediates offspring life history variation with context-dependent fitness consequences

Research Paper, Ecology

Co-Authored with Moore, M.P., Landberg, T, and Whiteman, H.H.

Putting l/g in a new light: plasticity in life history switch points reflects fine-scale adaptive responses

Research Paper, Ecology

Co-Authored with Justin C. Touchon, Michael W. McCoy, Tobias Landberg, James R. Vonesh, and Karen M. Warkentin

Evolution of maternal egg size effects in sister salamander species

Research Paper, International Journal of Developmental Biology

Racing to Save the Snapping Turtle

Other, Arcadia Magazine story on our research by Lini Kadaba

The role of flesh-eating beetles in forensics and bone research at Arcadia University

Other, National Public Radio story on our research by The Pulse's Aaron Moselle

Embryonic yolk removal affects a suite of hatchling salamander traits.

Research Paper, Journal of Experimental Zoology B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 322(1):45-53

Environmental context shapes immediate and cumulative costs of risk-induced early hatching

Research Paper, Evolutionary Ecology DOI 10.1007/s10682-013-9661-z

Co-Authored with Willink, B., M. S. Palmer, T. Landberg, J. R. Vonesh, and K. M. Warkentin.

The evolution of tetrapod rhythmicity

Research Paper, Evolution 67(4):1209-1217

Co-Authored with 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

Prey responses to predator chemical cues: Disentangling the relative importance of the number and biomass of prey consumed

Research Paper, PLoS One 7(10): e47495

Co-Authored with McCoy, M., J. Touchon, T. Landberg, K. M. Warkentin, and J. Vonesh

Natural History Notes: Chelydra serpentina serpentina L. (Eastern Snapping Turtle). Survival after injury

Research Paper, Herpetological Review 41(1): 70-71

Co-Authored with Landberg, T., C. J. Carlson, K. Abernathy, C. Luginbuhl, P. Gemme, and C. Mergins

Ontogeny of escape swimming performance in the spotted salamander

Research Paper, Functional Ecology 24(3): 576-586

Co-Authored with Landberg, T. and E. Azizi

Lung ventilation during treadmill locomotion in a semi-aquatic turtle, Trachemys scripta

Research Paper, Journal of Experimental Zoology 311A(8): 551-562

Co-Authored with Landberg, T., J. D. Mailhot, and E. L. Brainerd

Vertebral function during tadpole locomotion

Research Paper, Zoology 110: 290-297

Co-Authored with Azizi, E., T. Landberg, and R. J. Wassersug

Lung ventilation during treadmill locomotion in a terrestrial turtle, Terrapene carolina

Research Paper, Journal of Experimental Biology 206(19): 3391-3404

Co-Authored with Landberg, T., J. D. Mailhot, and E. L. Brainerd

Effects of metamorphosis on the aquatic escape response of the two-lined salamander (Eurycea bislineata)

Research Paper, Journal of Experimental Biology 205(6): 841-849

Co-Authored with Azizi, E. and T. Landberg

Research Summary

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.