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Richard Tracy, Ph.D.
Professor

Richard Tracy

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Degrees

  • B.A., Biology, California State University, Northridge, 1966
  • M.S., Biology, California State University, Northridge, 1968
  • Ph.D., Major Zoology, Minor Botany, University of Wisconsin, 1972

Research Interests:

My research interests and experience include descriptive ecology, ethology, organismal biology, population biology, evolutionary biology, biophysical ecology, theoretical ecology, and conservation biology. Some of my particular research interests include

  1. relationships with, and evolutionary adaptations to, limiting and/or influential factors of the environment. I am interested in the physics of interaction, the physiological and behavioral adaptations to interactions, and the ecological and evolutionary significance of such adaptations as well as the mechanistic function of the adaptations and the conservation consequences of organism-environment interactions.
  2. Time and space utilization, sharing and interrelationships among animals. The ecological importance of Grinnellian Niches in organisms, and the autecological function of these niche relationships in determining distribution, dispersion, dispersal, and population fluctuations. Interrelationships of competitive, predational, and physical environmental influences on the structure of animal populations and communities.
  3. Ecology and conservation of reptilian herbivores.
  4. Design of organisms.
  5. Paleobiology and extinction processes.
  6. Desert biology, ecology, and conservation.
  7. Conservation biology.
  8. Conservation planning and injecting science into policy

Publications

  • Christian, K. A., Christopher R. Tracy, and C. Richard Tracy. 2006. Evaluating thermoregulation in reptiles: An appropriate null model. The American Naturalist 168(3):421-430. Nussear, K.E., T. C. Esque, D. F. Haines,and C. R. Tracy. 2007. Hibernation in the Mojave desert tortoise: hibernation temperatures, timing, and environment. Copeia 2007(2): 378-386.
  • Downs, C.J., J.P. Hayes, and C.R. Tracy. 2008. Confidence Limits for Scaling Metabolic Rate with Body Mass and Body Temperature: Testing the Arrhenius Fractal Supply Model . Functional Ecology Functional Ecology 22:239-244
  • Tracy, C.R., Christian, K.A., Betts, G., Tracy, C.R. 2008 Body temperature and resistance to evaporative water loss in tropical Australian frogs. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 150 (2008) 102-108 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
  • Tracy, C.R., Christian, K.A., Betts, G., Tracy, C.R. 2008 Body temperature and resistance to evaporative water loss in tropical Australian frogs. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A 150 (2008) 102-108 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Szabolcs Lengyel, Béla Kiss, and C. Richard Tracy. 2008. Clutch size determination in shorebirds: revisiting incubation limitation in the pied avocet ( Recurvirostra avosetta). Journal of Animal Ecology doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2008.01486.x
  • Sandmeier, F.C., C. R. Tracy, S. duPre, K. Hunter. 2009. Upper respiratory tract disease (URTD) as a threat to desert tortoise populations: A reevaluation. Biological Conservation 142 (2009) 1255-1268.
  • Field, K.J., C.R. Tracy, P.A. Medica, R.W. Marlow, and P.S. Corn. 2009. Return to the wild: Translocation as a tool in conservation of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) Biological Conservation 142 (2009) 1255-1268
  • Hagerty, B.E. and C.R. Tracy. 2010. Defining population structure for the Mojave desert tortoise. Conservation Genetics. DOI 10.1007/s10592-010-0073-0
  • R.D. Inman, K. E. Nussear, and C. R. Tracy. 2009. Detecting trends in desert tortoise population growth: elusive behavior inflates variance in estimates of population density. Endangered Species Research. doi: 10.3354/esr00214
  • Tracy, Christopher R., K. A. Christian, S. Reynolds, L. McArthur, and C. Richard Tracy. 2007. Ecology of aestivation in a burrowing frog, Cyclorana australis (Hylidae). Copeia 2007(4): 901- 912
  • Tracy, Christopher R., Keith A. Christian, and C. Richard Tracy. 2010. Not just small, wet, and cold: Interacting effects of body size, skin resistance, and microclimate on thermoregulation and arboreality in frogs. Ecology 91(5), 1477-1484

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