Animal Biology Graduate Group
M.S. Biology, University of West Florida
B.S. Marine Biology, University of West Florida
My research focuses on whole organismal ecological physiology. I’m interested how animals are adapted to life in harsh habitats (such as the inner tidal). Studies have included resistance to water loss, bioenergetics and aerobic scope, thermal ecology, and hypoxia physiology. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with animals across several taxa including: cephalopods, crustaceans, elasmobranchs, teleosts, amphibians, and reptiles.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Melanie A. Sutton and Wayne A. Bennett. (in press) Evidence for Control of Cutaneous Oxygen Uptake in the Yellow-lipped Sea Krait Laticauda colubrina (Schneider, 1799). Journal of Herpetology
Nann A. Fangue, Martin Wunderly, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2014. Asymmetric Thermal Acclimation Responses Allow Sheepshead Minnow, Cyprinodon variegatus, to Cope with Rapidly Changing Temperatures. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology 87(6):805–816.
Christopher Pomory, Joni Wright, Theresa Dabruzzi, Donna Howsden, Lois O’Boyle, David Bedic, Whitney Bretana, Lindsey Onjuka, Carly Somerset, and Wayne Bennett. 2014. Density of Diadema antillarum (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) on live coral patch reefs and dead Acropora cervicornis rubble patches near Loggerhead Key, Dry Tortugas National Park. Caribbean Journal of Science 48:1–8.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Ana G. Jimenez, Justin E. Speaks, Sarah R. Stoler, Melanie A. Sutton, Christopher M. Pomory, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2013. Thermal tolerance and metabolic responses of two damselfish species from a hyperthermic rockpool nursery in Dry Tortugas National Park, USA. Caribbean Journal of Science 47:213–219.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi and Wayne A. Bennett. 2013. Hypoxia effects on gill surface area and blood oxygen-carrying capacity of the Atlantic stingray, Dasyatis Sabina. Fish Physiology and Biochemistry 701:37–49.
Ian W. Hendy, John Eme, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Richard V. Nembhard, Simon M. Craig and Wayne A. Bennett. 2013. Dartfish use teredinid tunnels in fallen mangrove wood as a low-tide refuge. Marine Ecology Progress Series 486:237–245.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Wayne A. Bennett, Jodie L. Rummer, and Nann F. Fangue. 2012. Juvenile Ribbontail Stingray, Taeniura lymma (Forsskål, 1775) (Chondrichthyes, Dasyatidae), demonstrate a unique suite of physiological adaptations to survive hyperthermic nursery conditions. Hydrobiologia 701:37-49.
Justin E. Speaks, Carly J. Randall, Ana G. Jimenez, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Melanie A. Sutton, Christopher M. Pomory, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2012. Temperature tolerance comparisons among juvenile reef fishes from a beachrock nursery in Dry Tortugas National Park. Florida Scientist 75/4.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Melanie A. Sutton and Wayne A. Bennett. 2012. Metabolic thermal sensitivity optimizes sea krait amphibious physiology. Herpetologica 68:218–225.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Mark L. Wygoda, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2012. Some Like it Hot: Heat Tolerance of the Crab-Eating Frog, Fejervarya cancrivora. Micronesica 43:101–106.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Mark L. Wygoda, Joni E. Wright, John Eme, and Wayne A Bennett. 2011. Direct evidence of cutaneous resistance to evaporative water loss in amphibious mudskipper (family Gobiidae) and rockskipper (family Blenniidae) fishes from Pulau Hoga, Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 406:125–129.
John Eme, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2011. Thermal responses of juvenile squaretail mullet (Liza vaigiensis) and crescent terapon (Terapon jarbua) acclimated at near-lethal temperatures, and the implications for climate change. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 399:35–38.
Theresa F. Dabruzzi, Mark L. Wygoda, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2011. Vive la Résistance! Resisting water loss is an important adaptation to saltwater acclimation of crab-eating frogs. Biodiversity Science 2011/2.
Mark L. Wygoda, Theresa F. Dabruzzi, and Wayne A. Bennett. 2011. Cutaneous Resistance to Evaporative Water Loss in the Crab-eating Frog (Fejervarya cancrivora). Journal of Herpetology 45:417–420.