I have been a member of the Biology and Psychology Departments at Clarkson University since 1999. I teach courses in the areas of Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation Science. I also work with various national efforts to improve university education in ecology and other areas of biology, and have done workshops for K-12 science teachers on integrated math and ecology. I enjoy field-based environmental education, and regularly teach field courses in the Adirondack Mountains of New York and Costa Rica. My research focuses on environmental management, including wetland restoration, road ecology, and endangered species conservation. I am a consultant to NGOs, state and federal agencies on environmental management issues, and I conduct workshops on road ecology and management for agencies and academic institutions in the US, Canada, and Latin America. I work as a volunteer for the local (St. Lawrence ) Land Trust, Northern New York Audubon, and the Adirondack to Algonquin Consortium. My little free time is spent with my family cooking, gardening, or exploring the Adirondacks.
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, San Diego
Associate Editor (2016-Present): Journal of Environmental Management (Elsevier)(http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-environmental-management/ ).
Editorial Board (2014-Present): Environmental Management (Springer-Verlag)(http://www.springer.com/environment/environmental+management/journal/267 ).
Editorial Board (2016-Present): Scientific Reports (Nature) (http://www.nature.com/srep/ ).
Editorial Board (2016-Present): Social Evolution, in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution(http://journal.frontiersin.org/journal/ecology-and-evolution# ).
Contributing Editor: EcoEd Digital Library (2014-Present) (http://ecoed.esa.org/ ).
Aim: To use science and education to improve conservation and management of nature in human-dominated landscapes.
Methods: Fieldwork (experiments, observational studies) on species, habitat assessments, computer modeling using Geographical Information Systems (GIS), meta-analysis.
Applications: Adaptive Management of natural resources, conservation of threatened species and habitats, infrastructure design, curricular development.
Broader impacts: Environmental quality, conservation of threatened species, improved infrastructure design and management, conservation education and capacity building.
Dr. Langen conducts research on the environmental impact of roads, on the effectiveness of public-private partnerships for wetland restoration, and on habitat management and conservation of birds and other animals. His road-related research has included the impacts of winter road management on roadside vegetation and lakes in the Adirondack Park, predictive modeling of hotspots of road mortality of amphibians and reptiles, design and functioning of wildlife barriers and passageways for turtles, and the impact of highways on habitat connectivity in Costa Rican National Parks. He leads professional development workshops in Latin America and North America on the environmental impact of roads and other infrastructure. Dr. Langen’s wetland research focuses on the environmental, economic, and social benefits and costs of wetland restoration to private landowners. His research on habitat management in birds focuses on cooperative projects between land-owners and conservationists for threatened species such as the golden-winged warbler or spruce grouse. Dr. Langen’s teaching interests include how to best apply problem-based learning and inquiry approaches to improve teaching in ecology and conservation biology, use of publically-available ‘big data’ including citizen science data for undergraduate teaching and research, and how to design undergraduate summer research internship programs to best achieve program objectives.
Dr. Langen’s teaching interests include how to best apply problem-based learning and inquiry approaches to improve teaching in ecology and conservation biology, use of publicly-available ‘big data’ including citizen science data for undergraduate teaching and research, and how to design undergraduate summer research internship programs to best achieve program objectives. He has served as a Director or Co-Director of several Research Experience for Undergraduates, Undergraduate Bio-Math, and Organization for Tropical Science Programs, and has been involved in K-12 STEM professional development.
EXTERNAL AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Editor’s Choice of December 2014 issue of Biological Conservation, for Consentino et al. (2014) Biological
Conservation 180:31-38. December, 2014
Network of Conservation Educators & Practitioners (NCEP) Professor of the Month October, 2011
Ecological Society of America Education Scholar Award 2011
Fulbright Scholar, Costa Rica 2007-2008
Presidential Award, Society of American Naturalists for the best paper of the previous year in the journal
American Naturalist, as judged by the Society’s President 2005
National Institutes of Health National Research Service Award 1994-1996
CLARKSON UNIVERSITY AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
Clarkson University Outstanding Advisor Award 2011
Accommodative Services RESPECT Award Nominee 2011
US Professor of the Year Award Nominee 2007
Clarkson University Student Association Outstanding Teacher Award 2003
Publications (Last 5 years)
Marsh, D.M., B.J. Cosentino, K.S. Jones, J.J. Apodaca, K.H. Beard, .M. Bell, C. Bozarth, D. Carper, J.F. Charbonnier, A. Dantas, E.A. Forys, M. Foster, J. General, K.S. Genet, M. Hanneken, K.R. Hess, S.A. Hill, F. Iqbal, N.E. Karraker, E.S. Kilpatrick, T.A. Langen, J. Langford, K. Lauer, A.J. McCarthy, J. Neale, S. Patel, A. Patton, C. Southwick, N. Stearrett, N. Steijn, M. Tasleem, J.M. Taylor, and J.R. Vonesh. Effects of roads and land use on frog distributions across spatial scales and regions in the Eastern and Central United States. Diversity and Distributions in press.
Stryszowska, K.M., G. Johnson, L. Rivera Mendoza, and T.A. Langen. 2016. Species distribution modeling of the threatened Blanding’s turtle’s (Emydoidea blandingii) range edge as a tool for conservation planning. Journal of Herpetology 50:366-373.
Stryszowska, K.M., M.R. Twiss, and T.A. Langen. 2016. Biodiversity and water quality indicators of Beneficial Use Impairments in wetlands of the Massena (New York) Area of Concern. Journal of Great Lakes Research 42:708-716.
Sterling, E., A. Bravo, A. Porzecanski, N. Bynum, R. Burks, J. Linder, T.A. Langen, D.S. Fernandez, and D. Ruby. 2016. Think before (and after) you speak: Practice and self-reflection build student confidence and bolster performance in oral communication skills in ecology and conservation biology classes. Journal of College Science Teaching 45:87-99.
Langen, T.A. and Berg E.C. 2016. What determines the timing and length of the breeding season for a tropical dry forest bird, the white-throated magpie-jay Calocitta formosa? Wilson Journal of Ornithology 128:32-42.
Wilke, A., S. Minich, M. Panis, T.A. Langen, J.D. Skufca, and P.M. Todd. 2015. A game of hide and seek: Expectations of clumpy resources influence hiding and searching patterns. PLoS One 10(7) : e0130976. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130976
Sherman, A.K., S.H. Minich, T.A. Langen, J.D. Skufca, and A. Wilke. 2015. The influence of past and present living environments: Are current risk assessments shaped by the dangers of our childhood environment? Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260515572473
Cosentino, B.J., D.M. Marsh, K.S. Jones, J.J. Apodaca, C. Bates, J. Beach, K.H. Beard, K. Becklin, J.M. Bell, C. Crocket, G. Fawson, J. Fjelsted, E.A. Forys, K.S. Genet, M. Grover, J. Holmes, K. Indeck, N.E. Karraker, E. Kilpatrick, T.A. Langen, S.G. Mugel, A. Molina, J.R. Vonesh, R.Weaver, and A. Willey. 2014. Citizen science reveals widespread negative effects of roads on amphibian distributions. Biological Conservation 180:31-38.
Langen, T.A., T. Mourad, B.W. Grant, W.K. Gram, B.J. Abraham, D.S. Fernandez, M. Carroll, A. Nuding, and S.E. Hampton. 2014. Opportunities & challenges in using large public data sets in the undergraduate ecology classroom. Frontiers in Ecology & the Environment 12:362-363.
Halamkova, L., J. Schulte, and T.A. Langen. 2013. Patterns of sexual size dimorphism in Chelonia. Biological Journal of the Linnaean Society 108:396-413.
Langen T.A., K. Gunson, C. Scheiner, and J. Boulerice. 2012. Road mortality in freshwater turtles: identifying causes of spatial patterns to optimize road planning and mitigation. Biodiversity and Conservation 21:3017-3034.
Langen T.A. 26 April 2012, posting date. Drivers of avian local species richness: continental-scale gradients, regional landscape, or local land cover? Teaching Issues and Experiments in Ecology, Vol. 8: Experiment #2 [online]. http://tiee.esa.org/vol/v8/experiments/langen/abstract.html
Steen, D.A., J.P. Gibbs, K.A. Buhlmann, J.C. Carr, B.W. Compton, J. Congdon, S. Doody, J.C. Godwin, K.L. Holcomb, D. Jackson, F. Janzen, G. Johnson, M. Jones, G. Lamer, T.A. Langen, M. Plummer, J. Rowe, R.A. Saumure, J.K. Tucker, and D.S. Wilson. 2012. Distances from wetlands to freshwater turtle nests with guidelines for core terrestrial habitat conservation. Biological Conservation 150:121–128.
Jackson, S.D., T.A. Langen, D.M. Marsh, and K.M. Andrews. 2015. Chapter 2: Natural history and physiological characteristics of small vertebrates in relation to roads. In (K.M Andrews, P. Nanjappa, S. P.D.Riley eds.) Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals. Johns Hopkins Press.
Langen, T.A., K.M. Andrews, S.P. Brady, N.E. Karraker, and D.J. Smith. 2015. Chapter 4: Road effects on habitat quality for small animals. In (K.M Andrews, P. Nanjappa, S. P.D. Riley eds.) Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals. Johns Hopkins Press.
Kintsch, J., K.E. Gunson, and T.A. Langen. 2015. Chapter 5: Engaging the public in the transportation planning process. In (K.M Andrews, P. Nanjappa, S. P.D. Riley eds.) Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals. Johns Hopkins Press.
Langen, T.A., K.E. Gunson, K., S.D Jackson, D.J. Smith, and W. Ruediger. 2015. Chapter 8: Planning to mitigate road effects on small animals. In (K.M Andrews, P. Nanjappa, S. P.D. Riley eds.) Roads and Ecological Infrastructure: Concepts and Applications for Small Animals. Johns Hopkins Press.
Andrews, K.M., T.A. Langen, andR.P.J.H. Struijk.2015Chapter 26: Reptiles: Overlooked but often at risk from roads. In (R. van der Ree, D.J. Smith, and C. Grilo eds.). Handbook of Road Ecology. John Wiley &Sons.