Eric Gangloff

Assistant Professor of Zoology


B.A., Cornell University

M.A., University of Denver

Ph.D., Iowa State University


Eric Gangloff’s research addresses the big question of how organisms will respond to this rapidly changing world. With a special focus on reptiles and amphibians, his work utilizes an integrative approach that combines field observations, controlled lab experiments, and molecular techniques to identify the mechanisms that allow – or limit – the success of individuals and populations. For example, recent work examines how temperature and oxygen availability interact to affect the physiology, performance, and reproduction of the common wall lizard in Europe. He also continues work on a fascinating system of garter snake populations in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California, examining how physiology, behavior, and immune function covary with life-history traits. Here in Ohio, he is beginning work as part of a broad network of researchers to investigate how individual variation in behavior and physiology can scale up to affect population dynamics and species distributions in the widespread red-backed salamander. His work is highly collaborative, including partnerships with researchers from Germany, France, Australia, and across the U.S.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Kouyoumdjian, L, EJ Gangloff*, J Souchet, GA Cordero, A Dupoué, F Aubret. 2019. Transplanting gravid lizards to high elevation alters maternal and embryonic oxygen physiology, but not reproductive success or hatchling phenotype. Journal of Experimental Biology 222: jeb206839. doi: 10.1242/jeb.206839
  • Gangloff, EJ, M Sorlin, GA Cordero, J Souchet, F Aubret. 2019. Lizards at the peak: Physiological plasticity does not maintain performance in lizards transplanted to high altitude. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 92:189–200. doi: 10.1086/701793
  • Gangloff, EJ, RS Telemeco*. 2018. High temperature, oxygen, and performance: Insights from reptiles and amphibians (Invited commentary). Integrative and Comparative Biology 58: 9–24. doi: 10.1093/icb/icy005
  • Gangloff, EJ, AM Sparkman, AM Bronikowski. 2018. Among-individual heterogeneity in maternal behaviour and physiology affects reproductive allocation and offspring life-history traits in the garter snake Thamnophis elegans. Oikos 127: 705–718. doi:10.1111/oik.04204
  • Gangloff, EJ, DM Reding, D Bertolatus, C Reigel, JL Gagliardi-Seeley, AM Bronikowski. 2017. Snakes in the City: Population Structure of Sympatric Gartersnakes (Thamnophis spp.) in an Urban Landscape. Herpetological Conservation and Biology 12:509–521.
  • Addis, EA, EJ Gangloff*, MG Palacios, KE Carr, AM Bronikowski. 2017. Merging the “Morphology—Performance—Fitness” Paradigm and Life- History Theory in the Eagle Lake Garter Snake Research Project. Integrative and Comparative Biology 57:423–435. doi:10.1093/icb/icx079
  • Gangloff, EJ, M Chow*, V Leos-Barajas, S Hynes, B Hobbs, AM Sparkman. 2017. Integrating behaviour into the pace-of-life continuum: Divergent behaviours in a well-characterized system of fast- and slow-living snakes. Behavioural Processes 142:156–163. doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2017.06.006

*Co-first author

Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 331
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3892