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Fred Dobbs

  • Fred Dobbs
  • Professor
  • Ocean, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 443 OceanographyandPhysics Bldg
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-5329
  • fdobbs@odu.edu
  • Education

    Florida State University, 1987
    Major: Oceanography
    Degree: Ph. D.
    The University of Connecticut, 1981
    Major: Zoology
    Degree: M.S.
    Franklin & Marshall College, 1976
    Major: Biology
    Degree: A.B., Departmental Honors
  • Research Interests

    Marine microbial ecology; microbiology of ships’ ballast tanks; disease ecology; bioelectrics; symbioses between invertebrates and microorganisms
  • Expertise

    Oceanography
    biological oceanography; marine microbial ecology; disease ecology
  • 2010: Member, Committee on Assessing Numeric Limits for Living Organisms in, National Research Council
  • 2009: 2009 Nominee: Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award
  • 2008: Visiting Scientist, USGS Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle, WA
  • 2006: Nominee, Tonelson Teaching Award, , Old Dominion University
  • 2001: Visiting Scientist, NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory
  • 1998: Nominee, Hirschfield Faculty Excellence Award, Old Dominion University
  • 1993: Affiliate Faculty, Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii
  • 1989: Alexander Hollaender Fellowship, U.S. Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (offer declined to accept SOEST Post Doctoral Fellowship)
  • 1989: Danish Bicentennial Fund Award, American-Scandinavian Foundation
  • 1989: SOEST Post Doctoral Fellowship (School of Ocean, Earth, and Science), University of Hawaii
  • 1987: Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research
  • 1986: NASA Planetary Biology Internship , NASA
  • 1986: President's Fellowship, American Society for Microbiology
  • 1985: Marshall Vickland Scholarship, The Florida State University
  • 1985: University Fellowship, The Florida State University
  • 1978: Sigma Xi Grant in Aid of Research
  • 1974: Dean's List, Franklin & Marshall College, Franklin & Marshall College
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Maritime Environmental Resource Center
    Sponsoring Organization: University of Maryland
    Date: March, 2012 - December, 2015
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.
    Importation of baitworms and their live algal packing materials to the Mid-Atlantic
    Sponsoring Organization: Maryland Sea Grant
    Date: March, 2011 - August, 2014
    Awarding Organization: State
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.
    Collaborative Research--Microscopic islands: Modeling the theory of island biogeography for aquatic pathogens colonizing marine aggregates
    Sponsoring Organization: National Science Foundation
    Date: September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2014
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.
    Acting for Scientists: Interdisciplinary pilot research to examine how actor-training tools may help prepare early career scientists for effective verbal communication of science
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Office of Research
    Date: May, 2014 - June, 2014
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Alonzo, J.; Dobbs, F.
    Scientific awareness through theatre: Inspiring young people to value scientific practice as we adapt to sea level rise and climate change
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Office of Research
    Date: June, 2011 - December, 2011
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Alonzo, J.; Adcock, A. B.; Hill, V.; Dobbs, F.
    Do marine aggregates facilitate gene transfer of antibiotic resistance in nature?
    Sponsoring Organization: Old Dominion University Seed-Money Grant
    Date: 2009 - 2010
    Awarding Organization: Old Dominion University
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Schafran, G.; Gaff, H.; Hynes, W.; Wang, J.
    Assessing, detecting, and managing the risks to the Great Lakes from non-indigenous microbes introduced by commercial ships
    Sponsoring Organization: Great Lakes Protection Fund via Northeast–Midwest Institute
    Date: 2007 - 2010
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Evaluation of methods for biological control of bacteria in ships’ ballast water. Stage 1 – literature review
    Sponsoring Organization: Sea Knight, LLC
    Date: 2009 - 2009
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Gordon, A.
    Pasteurization of packaged food with pulsed electric fields
    Sponsoring Organization: Smithfield Foods
    Date: 2008 - 2008
    Awarding Organization: Private
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Schoenbach, K.
    Effects of non-equilibrium plasma on eukaryotic cells
    Sponsoring Organization: Air Force Office of Sponsored Research
    Date: December 1, 2005 - November 30, 2008
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Laroussi, M.
    Screening of surrogate species for ballast water treatment
    Sponsoring Organization: NSF International
    Date: 2005 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.
    Viability tests relevant to efficacy of ballast-water technologies—basic research
    Sponsoring Organization: NOAA Ballast Water Technology Demonstration Program
    Date: 2004 - 2007
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Doblin , M.; Drake, L.
    Identifying, verifying, and establishing options for best management practices for NOBOB vessels
    Sponsoring Organization: Great Lakes Protection Fund via Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, University of Michigan
    Date: January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Doblin , M.; Drake, L.
    Sea Grant Aquatic Nuisance Species Research Program: Antibiotic resistance, plasmids, and the potential for lateral gene transfer in Vibrio cholerae found in ships’ ballast tanks
    Sponsoring Organization: National Sea Grant College Program
    Date: 2003 - 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Hynes, W.
    Antibiotic resistance, plasmids, and the potential for lateral gene transfer in Vibrio cholerae found in ships' ballast water
    Sponsoring Organization: NOAA National Sea Grant College program
    Date: June, 2003 - February, 2006
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Hynes, W. L.
    Aquatic nuisance species: Abundance of microorganisms and pathogens associated with biofilms inside ballast-water tanks and their capacity to act as vertical seed banks
    Sponsoring Organization: National Sea Grant College Program
    Date: 2001 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Drake, L.; Dobbs , F.; Doblin, M.; Johnson , W.; Baier , R.; Meyer , A.
    Assessment of transoceanic NOBOB vessels and low-salinity ballast water as vectors for nonindigenous species introductions to the Great Lakes
    Sponsoring Organization: Great Lakes Protection Fund via Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research, University of Michigan
    Date: 2001 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Other
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Doblin, M.
    Ballast residuals in NOBOB (NO Ballast On Board) vessels in Chesapeake Bay: Their biological and chemical characterization and a comparison with patterns in the Great Lakes
    Sponsoring Organization: National Sea Grant College Program
    Date: 2001 - 2004
    Awarding Organization: Federal
    Investigators:Dobbs, F.; Drake , L.; Doblin , M.; Johengen, T.; MacIsaac , H.; Jenkins , P.; Reid , D.