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Theresa Dabruzzi

My PhD research focuses on whole organismal ecological physiology (how animals are adapted to their environment). I am especially interested in the adaptations of animals living in extreme environments, such as the intertidal. Working in Indonesia gives me the opportunity to work with animals across different taxa, including cephalopods, crustaceans, elasmobranchs, teleosts, amphibians, and reptiles, and allows us to examine how animals living in a single extreme habitat adapt differently to the same environmental stresses. We are also able to address many different types of physiological questions. Studies so far have examined resistance to water loss, bioenergetics and aerobic scope, thermal ecology, and hypoxia physiology. The habitats throughout Indonesia are some of the most biodiverse in the world, and you are never stalled for scientific inspiration being around so many interesting animals.

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