Gabe Langford, Ph.D.

About me

I am an Associate Professor of Marine and Aquatic Biology at FSC. My research focuses on the ecology and evolution of parasite life histories, and we study the ecology of fish, amphibians, and reptiles. My lab's research primarily occurs in and around aquatic or estuarine habitats, where my students and I get wet and muddy collecting a variety of organisms! Our parasitological research utilizes amphibians, reptiles, and fishes (we have increasingly focused on the numerous invasive species in Florida) as model systems to investigate issues of parasite community structure, host specificity, life cycle evolution, and biodiversity. Most of the research on free living organisms focuses on spatial ecology and conservation biology, such as our Hillsborough Bay Shark collaboration with Dr. Durland's lab at FSC.

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:


Ph.D. Parasitology, University of Nebraska
M.S. Herpetology, University of South Alabama
B.G.S. Environmental Studies, University of Kansas

Honors and Awards

  • Ben and Janice Wade Outstanding Teaching Award - 2015
  • Florida Southern College Faculty-Student Collaborative Summer Research Grant. A Comparative Study of Locomotor Performance in Established and Invasion-Front Populations of the Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) in Central Florida. $6,000 (P.I.s Langford and Macedonia), Summer 2015
  • Florida Southern College Faculty-Student Collaborative Summer Research Grant. Unraveling a Gordian knot: Biodiversity of Gordian worms, phylum Nematomorpha, in the New World. $6,000 (P.I. Langford), Summer 2014
  • Inducted into FSC’s Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, 2014
  • National Science Foundation (NSF) – Research Opportunity Award – Collaborative Research: Unraveling a Gordian knot: Biodiversity of Gordian worms, phylum Nematomorpha, in the New World (in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Bolek, Oklahoma State University) $30,000 (Co-P.I. Langford and Bolek), 2013-2014
  • Nomination – CASE U.S. Professor of the Year Award, 2013
  • FSC Exemplary Teaching Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church, 2013
  • Student-Faculty Collaborative Summer Research Grant, Florida Southern College, Lakeland, FL, 2012
  • University of Nebraska’s Teaching Council and Parent Association Teaching Award, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE, 2009
  • Blair Paxton Udale Estate Scholarship Award, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Molecular phylogenetic analysis of some North American Rhabdias spp., 2007-2008
  • David A. Becker Memorial Award for Best Oral Presentation. Annual meeting of the Southwestern Association of Parasitologists, Lake Texoma, OK, 2006
  • National Estuarine Research Reserve Fellowship-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Parasite biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles at the Grand Bay NERR, Mississippi. 2006-2009
  • Mobile Bay National Estuarine Program Grant. Effects of Forest Management Edges on Amphibian/Reptile Assemblages and Toxicant Loading in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta (Baldwin Co., AL). 2004-2005

Publications and Exhibitions

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.

Janovy, J. Jr., M.G. Bolek, J. Detwiler, S. Schwank, A. Knipes, and G.J. Langford. 2007. Gregarina niphandrodes (Eugregarinorida: Septatorina): Oocyst Surface Architecture. Journal of Parasitology 93:714-16.

Office Information

Location: Berry Citrus 305