Chris Langdon

Professor

Phone:
(305) 421-4614
Locator Code:
VK

 
About

Professor, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science

Langdon studies the biology and ecology of corals with an emphasis on their responses to ocean warming and acidification. Courses taught include MSC 232 Marine Biology Lab, MSC409 Climate Change: Limits of Marine Invertebrate Adaptability, MBE 615 Tropical Marine Ecology, and MBE 621 Field Techniques and Instrumentation in Tropical Marine Ecology.

 

Career

Education

B.A. Chemistry and Biology Lawrence University
Ph.D. Biological Oceanography University of Rhode Island


Career Summary

Langdon received his BA in Chemistry and Biology from Lawrence University and his Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He was an Associate Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University before joining the Rosenstiel School in 2005. Langdon has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited more than 8,500 times on phytoplankton and coral reef ecology.


Career Summary

Langdon received his BA in Chemistry and Biology from Lawrence University and his Ph.D. in biological oceanography from the University of Rhode Island. He was an Associate Research Scientist at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University before joining the Rosenstiel School in 2005. Langdon has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers that have been cited more than 8,500 times on phytoplankton and coral reef ecology.

Honors & Acknowledgements

Awards and Leadership Positions
Langdon served on NSF’s Ocean Carbon Board subcommittee on Ocean Acidification, National Academy’s Ocean Studies Board to review the national ocean acidification research and monitoring plan. He is the section editor of Current Climate Change Reports for coral reef studies. A member of SOCAN (Southeast Ocean and Coastal Acidification Network). In 2009, he received the distinguished alumnus award from the Graduate School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island.
Research

Scientific Research

Langdon – Studies of the biology and ecology of corals with an emphasis on their responses to ocean warming and acidification.  I am currently focusing on how the upper lethal temperature of corals varies with long term exposure to elevated CO2 and the extent that survivorship varies genotypically and with tissue properties reflecting the energetic status of the coral at the time of heat stress application.  The biological processes that I look at include photosynthesis, respiration, calcification, fertilization success, settlement success, skeletal growth of juveniles and adults and heterotrophy.