Professor & Chair

Fred Dobbs

406 Oceanography & Physics Bldg
Norfolk, 23529

Dobbs received his Ph.D. from Florida State University, held post-doctoral positions at SUNY Stony Brook and University of Hawaii, and joined the faculty at Old Dominion University in 1993.

Ph.D. in Oceanography, Florida State University, (1987)

M.S. in Zoology, University of Connecticut, (1981)

Other in Biology, Franklin & Marshall College, (1976)

Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

Dobbs, F. and Wang, J. "A joint mathematical and experimental study on cholera transmission dynamics" $180000. Federal. September 01, 2014 - August 31, 2018
Dobbs, F., Wittkower, D. and Xin, C. "Microplastics As Vectors For Bacteria And Human Pathogens In Coastal Environments" $5000.00 . State. June 1, 2016 - November 15, 2017
Dobbs, F. "Maritime Environmental Resource Center" $79000. State. March 2012 - December 2015
Dobbs, F. "Importation of baitworms and their live algal packing materials to the Mid-Atlantic " $7500. State. March 2011 - August 2014
Dobbs, F. "Collaborative Research--Microscopic islands: Modeling the theory of island biogeography for aquatic pathogens colonizing marine aggregates" $849832. Federal. September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2014
Alonzo, J. and 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" $17000. Old Dominion University. May 2014 - June 2014
Alonzo, J., Adcock, A. B., Hill, V. and Dobbs, F. "Scientific awareness through theatre: Inspiring young people to value scientific practice as we adapt to sea level rise and climate change" $44631. Old Dominion University. June 2011 - December 2011
Dobbs, F., Schafran, G., Gaff, H., Hynes, W. and Wang, J. "Do marine aggregates facilitate gene transfer of antibiotic resistance in nature?" $81782. Old Dominion University. 2009 - 2010
Dobbs, F. "Assessing, detecting, and managing the risks to the Great Lakes from non-indigenous microbes introduced by commercial ships" $259094. Other. 2007 - 2010
Dobbs, F. and Gordon, A. "Evaluation of methods for biological control of bacteria in ships’ ballast water. Stage 1 – literature review" $26106. Private. 2009 - 2009
Dobbs, F. and Schoenbach, K. "Pasteurization of packaged food with pulsed electric fields" $41212. Private. 2008 - 2008
Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. "Effects of non-equilibrium plasma on eukaryotic cells" $240000. Federal. December 1, 2005 - November 30, 2008
Dobbs, F. "Screening of surrogate species for ballast water treatment" $51368. Federal. 2005 - 2007
Dobbs, F., Doblin , M. and Drake, L. "Viability tests relevant to efficacy of ballast-water technologies—basic research" $178293. Federal. 2004 - 2007
Dobbs, F., Doblin , M. and Drake, L. "Identifying, verifying, and establishing options for best management practices for NOBOB vessels" $147702. Other. January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006
Dobbs, F. and Hynes, W. "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" $205354. Federal. 2003 - 2006
Dobbs, F. and Hynes, W. L. "Antibiotic resistance, plasmids, and the potential for lateral gene transfer in Vibrio cholerae found in ships' ballast water" $200355. Federal. June 2003 - February 2006
Drake, L., Dobbs , F., Doblin, M., Johnson , W., Baier , R. and Meyer , A. "Aquatic nuisance species: Abundance of microorganisms and pathogens associated with biofilms inside ballast-water tanks and their capacity to act as vertical seed banks" $299998. Federal. 2001 - 2004
Dobbs, F. and Doblin, M. "Assessment of transoceanic NOBOB vessels and low-salinity ballast water as vectors for nonindigenous species introductions to the Great Lakes" $268148. Other. 2001 - 2004
Dobbs, F., Drake , L., Doblin , M., Johengen, T., MacIsaac , H., Jenkins , P. and Reid , D. "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" $349998. Federal. 2001 - 2004
Drake, L. and Dobbs, F. "Influence of sedimentary and seagrass microbial communities on shallow-water benthic optical properties—data mining proposal" $56747. 2001 - 2003
Drake, L. A., Doblin, M. A., Dobbs, F., Berke, T., Jiang, J. and Matson, D. "Proof-of-concept: Microarray technology (DNA chips) to detect pathogens in ships’ ballast water" $15000. 2001 - 2002
Dobbs, F. "Research and outreach to prevent and control aquatic nuisance species invasions: Presence, dynamics, and fate of pathogenic microorganisms in ballast water and ballast water microcosms" $148533. 1999 - 2002
Dobbs, F. "Top-down controls on growth of groundwater bacteria from a coastal plain aquifer" $240000. 1999 - 2002
Dobbs, F. "Biological characterization for assessment of aquatic nuisance species invasion risk from NOBOB (no ballast on board) vessels" $80000. 2000 - 2001
Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. "Ballast water treatment and management: Inactivation of human pathogens through photon engineering" $99903. 1999 - 2001
Dobbs, F. and Drake, L. "Influence of sedimentary and seagrass microbial communities on shallow-water benthic optical properties" $422775. 1996 - 2001
Dobbs, F. and Schoenbach, K. "Ballast-water treatment and management: Acoustic screen filtration for control of non-indigenous species in ballast water" $9617. 2000 - 2000
Dobbs, F., Schoenbach, K. and Stark, R. "Bioelectrics Program at Old Dominion University" $50000. 1999 - 2000
Dobbs, F. and Burdige, D. J. "Effects of macro- and microzooplankton grazing on transformations of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM)" $142544. 1998 - 2000
Dobbs, F. "Measuring the transfer, dynamics, and risk of invasion for microbial communities associated with the ballast water of ships" $41472. 1998 - 2000
Dobbs, F. "Protozoa population dynamics and bacterivory in groundwater at the DOE site in Oyster, Virginia" $99701. 1997 - 1999
Dobbs, F., Alden, R. and Winfield, J. "Evaluation of a benchtop treatment system for non-point source discharges" $5000. 1997 - 1997
Dobbs, F. "Summer Faculty Research Fellowship Grant" $6000. 1996 - 1996
Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. "Microbial processes and biodiversity at an active, hydrothermal vent system, Loihi Seamount, Hawaii" $60698. 1993 - 1995
Dobbs, F., Landry, M. and Campbell, L. "Microbiological aspects of point and nonpoint source pollution in Mamala Bay, Oahu, Hawaii" $100000. 1993 - 1995
Dobbs, F. and Smith, C. "Benthic community disturbance and succession following simulated manganese nodule mining in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean" $801500. 1991 - 1994
Dobbs, F. "Sedimentary microbiological communities across the Equatorial Pacific carbon flux gradient: Biomass, composition, carbon utilization rates, and production" $141360. 1991 - 1994
Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. "Microbiology and chemistry of active hydrothermal vents on Loihi Seamount" $139514. 1991 - 1993
Dobbs, F. "Microorganisms on burrow walls of infauna: Predictable or fortuitous occurrence?" $44042. 1991 - 1992
Dobbs, F. "Epicuticular bacteria on crustaceans: Their contributions to metabolic activity in marine sediments" $5000. 1990 - 1991
Dobbs, F. and Lonsdale, D. "Pathogenesis in a widespread, estuarine copepod: Etiology and demographic effects" $45699. 1990 - 1991
Dobbs, F. and Popp, B. "Purchase of an Iatroscan for analysis of lipids" $24025. 1990 - 1991
Dobbs, F. "Is cellulose digestion in oysters prokaryotically or eukaryotically mediated?" $2000. 1989 - 1989
Dobbs, F. "Degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by bacteria from enteropneust worm burrows" $9996. 1988 - 1989

Expertise

Oceanography
biological oceanography; marine microbial ecology; disease ecology

Research Interests

Marine microbial ecology; microbiology of ships’ ballast tanks; disease ecology; bioelectrics; plastics in the environment

Articles

Petersen, N. B., Madsen, T., Glaring, F. C., Dobbs, F. and Jørgensen, N. O.G.. (2019). Ballast water treatment and bacteria: Analysis of bacterial activity and diversity after treatment of simulated ballast water by electrochlorination and UV exposure. Sci. Total Environ. Sci. Total Environ 648 , pp. 408-421.
Cohen, A. N., Dobbs, F. and Chapman, P. M. (2017). Revisiting the basis for US ballast water regulations. Marine Pollution Bulletin 118 (1-2) , pp. p. 348-353.
Lymperopoulou, D. S. and Dobbs, F. (2017). Bacterial diversity in ships’ ballast water, ballast-water exchange, and implications for ship-mediated dispersal of microorganisms. American Chemical Society 51 , pp. 1962-1972.
Kramer, A. M., Ward, J. E., Dobbs, F., Pierce, M. L. and Drake, J. M. (2016). The contribution of marine aggregate-associated bacteria to the accumulation of pathogenic bacteria in oysters: an agent-based model. Ecology and Evolution 6 , pp. 7397-7408.
Hung, C. C., Tsao, S. C., Jang, J. P., Chang, H. K . and Dobbs, F. (2016). A highly sensitive underwater video system for use in turbid aquaculture ponds . Scientific Reports 6.
Kaul, R. B., Kramer, A. M., Dobbs, F. and Drake, J. M. (2016). Experimental demonstration of an Allee effect in microbial populations. Biology Letters 12.
Cohen, A. N. and Dobbs, F. (2015). Failure of the public health testing program for ballast water treatment systems. Marine Pollution Bulletin 91 , pp. 29-34.
Pierce, M. L., Ward, J. E. and Dobbs, F. (2014). False positives in Biolog EcoPlatesTM and MT2 MicroPlatesTM caused by calcium. Journal of Microbiological Methods 97 , pp. 20-24.
Kramer, A. M.., Lyons, M. M.., Dobbs, F. and Drake, J. M.. (2013). Bacterial colonization and extinction on marine aggregates: Stochastic model of species presence and abundance. Ecology and Evolution 3 (13) , pp. 4300-4309.
Dobbs, F., Goodrich, F. K.., Thomson III, F. K.. and Hynes, W. (2013). Pandemic serotypes of Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships’ ballast tanks and coastal waters: Assessment of antibiotic resistance and virulence genes . Microbial Ecology 65 , pp. 969-974.
Lyons, M. M. and Dobbs, F. (2012). Differential utilization of carbon substrates by aggregate-associated and water-associated heterotrophic bacterial communities. Hydrobiologia 686 , pp. 969-974.
Lyons, M. M., Ward, J. E., Gaff, H., Hicks, R., Drake, J. and Dobbs, F. (2010). Theory of island biogeography on a microscopic scale: Are organic aggregates islands for aquatic pathogens?. Aquatic Microbial Ecology 60 , pp. 1-13 .
Tang, Y. Z., Lu, X. P., Laroussi, M. and Dobbs, F. (2008). Sublethal and killing effects of atmospheric-pressure, nonthermal plasma on eukaryotic microalgae in aqueous media. Plasma Processes and Polymers 5 , pp. 552-558.
Dobbs, F. (2007). Après le déluge: Microbial landscape of New Orleans after the hurricanes. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci 104 , pp. 9103-9104.
Doblin, M. A., Coyne, K. J., Rinta-Kanto, J. M., Wilhelm, S. W. and Dobbs, F. (2007). Dynamics and short-term survival of cyanobacteria species in ballast water—implications for HAB invasions. Harmful Algae 6 , pp. 519-530.
Tang, Y. Z. and Dobbs, F. (2007). Green autofluorescence in dinoflagellates, diatoms, and other microalgae and its implications for vital staining and morphological study. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 73 , pp. 2306-2313.
Tang, Y. Z. and Dobbs, F. (2007). Green autofluorescence of dinoflagellate cysts can be used instead of primuline staining for cyst visualization and enumeration in sediments. J. Phycol. 43 , pp. 65-68.
Drake, L. A., Doblin, M. A. and Dobbs, F. (2007). Potential microbial bioinvasions via ships’ ballast water, sediment, and biofilm. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 55 , pp. 333-341.
Heinemann, S. and Dobbs, F. (2006). Microbiological 'bottle effects' are not to be ignored (a comment on Mimura et al. 2005). Mar. Pollut. Bull 52 , pp. 1310.
Doblin, M. A. and Dobbs, F. (2006). Setting a size-exclusion limit to remove toxic dinoflagellate cysts in ships’ ballast water. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 52 , pp. 259-263.
Laroussi, M., Minayeva, O., Dobbs, F. and Woods, J. (2006). Spores survivability after exposure to low-temperature plasmas. IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 34 (4) , pp. 1253-1256.
Drake, L. A. and Dobbs, F. (2005). Do viruses affect the fecundity and survival of the copepod Acartia tonsa Dana? . J. Plankt. Res. 27 (2) , pp. 167-174.
Drake, L. A., Jenkins, P. T. and Dobbs, F. (2005). Domestic and international arrivals of NOBOB (no ballast on board) vessels to lower Chesapeake Bay. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 50 , pp. 560-565.
Drake, L. A., Meyer, A. E., Forsberg, R. L., Baier, R. E., Doblin, M. A., Heinemann, S., Johnson, W. P., Koch, M., Rublee, P. A. and Dobbs, F. (2005). Potential invasion of microorganisms and pathogens via 'interior hull fouling': Biofilms inside ballast-water tanks. Biol. Invas. 7 , pp. 969-982.
Dobbs, F. and Rogerson, A. (2005). Ridding ships’ ballast water of microorganisms. Environ. Sci. Technol. 39 (12) , pp. 259A-264A.
Aridgides, L. J., Doblin, M. A., Berke, T., Dobbs, F., Matson, D. O. and Drake, L. A. (2004). Multiplex PCR allows simultaneous detection of pathogens in ships’ ballast water. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 48 , pp. 1096-1101.
Dobbs, F., Zimmerman, R. C. and Drake., L. A. (2004). Occurrence of intracellular crystals in leaves of Thalassia testudinum. Aquat. Bot. 80 , pp. 23-28.
Doblin, M. A., Drake, L. A., Coyne, K. J., Rublee , P. A. and Dobbs, F. (2004). Pfiesteria species identified in ships' ballast water and residuals: a possible vector for introductions to coastal areas. Harmful Algae 2002. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Institute of Oceanography, and Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO , pp. 317-319 .
Doblin, M.A, M. A., Popels, L. C., Coyne, K. J., Hutchins, D. A., Cary, S. C. and Dobbs, F. (2004). Transport of the harmful bloom alga Aureococcus anophagefferens by ocean-going ships and coastal boats. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 70 , pp. 6495-6500.
Drake, L. A., Dobbs, F. and Zimmerman, R. C. (2003). Effects of epiphyte load on optical properties and photosynthetic potential of the seagrasses Thalassia testudinum Banks ex König and Zostera marina L. Limnol. Oceanogr 48 , pp. 456-463.
Abou-Ghazala, A., Katsuki, S., Schoenbach, K. H., Dobbs, F. and Moreira, K. R. (2002). Bacterial decontamination of water by means of pulsed-corona discharges. IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 30 (4) , pp. 1449-1453.
Laroussi, M., Dobbs, F., Wei, Z., Doblin, M. A., Ball, L. G., Moreira, K. R., Dyer, F. F. and Richardson, J. P. (2002). Decontamination of water by excimer UV radiation. IEEE Trans. Plasma Sci. 30 (4) , pp. 1501-1504.
Laroussi, M., Richardson, J. P. and Dobbs, F. (2002). Effects of nonequilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas on the heterotrophic pathways of bacteria and on their cell morphology. Appl. Physics Lett 81 , pp. 772-774.
Drake, L. A., Ruiz, G. M., Galil, B. S., Mullady, T. L., Friedman, D. O. and Dobbs, F. (2002). Microbial ecology of ballast water during a trans-oceanic voyage and the effects of open-ocean exchange. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 233 , pp. 13-20.
Zhang, P., Johnson, W. P., Scheibe, T. D., Choi, K. H., Dobbs, F. and Mailloux, B. J. (2001). Extended tailing of bacteria following breakthrough at the Narrow Channel Focus Area, Oyster, Virginia. Water Resources Res. 37 , pp. 2687-2698.
Drake, L. A., Choi, K. H., Ruiz, G. M. and Dobbs, F. (2001). Global redistribution of bacterioplankton and virioplankton communities. Biol. Invasions 3 , pp. 193-199.
Choi, K. C., Dobbs, F. and Cowen, R. K. (2001). Short-term temporal and spatial dynamics of bacterioplankton near Barbados in the Caribbean Sea. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 25 , pp. 43-53.
Robertson, D. N., Butler IV, M. J. and Dobbs, F. (2000). An evaluation of lipid- and morphometric-based indices of nutritional condition for early benthic stage spiny lobsters, Panulirus argus. Mar. Freshwater Behav. Physiol. 33 , pp. 161-171.
Schoenbach, K. H., Joshi, R. P., Stark, R. H., Dobbs, F. and Beebe, S. J. (2000). Bacterial decontamination of liquids with pulsed electric fields. IEEE Trans. Dielect. Elect. Insulation 7 (5) , pp. 637-645.
Ruiz, G. M., Rawlings, T. K., Dobbs, F., Drake, L. A., Mullady, T., Hug, A. and Colwell, R. R. (2000). Global spread of microorganisms by ships. Nature 408 , pp. 49-50.
Choi, K. C. and Dobbs, F. (1999). Comparison of two kinds of Biolog microplates (GN and ECO) in their ability to distinguish among aquatic microbial communities. J. Microbiol. Meth. 36 , pp. 203-213.
Moyer, C. L., Tiedje, J. M., Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. M. (1998). Diversity of deep-sea hydrothermal vent Archaea from Loihi Seamount, Hawaii. Deep-Sea Res. II 45 , pp. 303-317.
Lonsdale, D. J., Dobbs, F., Hassett, R. P. and Yen, J. (1998). Physiological traits associated with a reproductive-resting stage in Coullana canadensis (Copepoda: Harpacticoida). Mar. Biol. 131 , pp. 123-131.
Drake, L. A., Choi, K. H., Haskell, A. G.E.. and Dobbs, F. (1998). Vertical profiles of virus-like particles and bacteria in the water column and sediments of Chesapeake Bay. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 16 , pp. 17-25.
Carman, K. R. and Dobbs, F. (1997). Epibiotic microorganisms on copepods and other aquatic crustaceans. Micros. Res. Tech. 37 , pp. 116-135.
Smith, C. R., Berelson, W., DeMaster, D. J., Dobbs, F., Hammond, D., Hoover, D. J., Pope, R. H. and Stephens, M. (1997). Latitudinal variations in benthic processes in the abyssal equatorial Pacific: control by biogenic particle flux. Deep-Sea Res. II 44 , pp. 2295-2317.
Dobbs, F. and Selph, K. A. (1997). Thermophilic bacterial activity in a deep-sea sediment from the Pacific Ocean. Aquat. Microb. Ecol. 13 , pp. 209-212.
Moyer, C. L., Tiedje, J., Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. M. (1996). A computer-simulated RFLP analysis of bacterial SSU rRNA genes: Efficacy of selected tetrameric restriction enzymes for studies of microbial diversity in nature.. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 62 , pp. 2501-2507.
Smith, C. R., Hoover, D. J., Doan, S. E., Pope, R. H., DeMaster, D. J., Dobbs, F. and Altabet, M. A. (1996). Phytodetritus at the abyssal seafloor across 10˚ of latitude in the central equatorial Pacific. Deep-Sea Res. II 43 , pp. 1309-1338.
Williams, A. B. and Dobbs, F. (1995). A new genus and species of caridean shrimp (Crustacea: Decapoda: Bresiliidae) from hydrothermal vents on Loihi Seamount, Hawaii. Proc. Biol. Soc. Wash 108 , pp. 228-237.
Moyer, C. L., Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. M. (1995). Phylogenetic diversity of the bacterial community from a microbial mat at an active, hydrothermal vent system, Loihi Seamount, Hawaii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 61 , pp. 1555-1562.
Moyer, C. L., Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. M. (1994). Estimation of diversity and community structure through restriction fragment length polymorphism distribution analysis of bacterial 16S rRNA genes from a microbial mat at an active, hydrothermal vent system, Loihi Seamount, Hawaii. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 60 , pp. 871-879.
Lonsdale, D. J., Weissman, p. and Dobbs, F. (1993). A reproductive resting stage in a harpacticoid copepod, and the significance of genetically based differences among populations. Bull. Mar. Sci. 53 , pp. 180-193.
Corgiat, J., Dobbs, F., Burger, M. and Scheuer, P. (1993). Organohalogen constituents of the acorn worm Ptychodera bahamensis. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. 106B , pp. 83-86.
Dobbs, F., Guckert, J. B. and Carman, K. R. (1989). Comparison of three techniques for administering radiolabeled substrates to sediments for trophic studies: Incorporation by microbes. Microb. Ecol. 17 , pp. 237-250.
Carman, K. R., Dobbs, F. and Guckert, J. B. (1989). Comparison of three techniques for administering radiolabeled substrates to sediments for trophic studies: Uptake of label by harpacticoid copepods. Mar. Biol. 102 , pp. 119-125.
Dobbs, F. and LaRock, P. A. (1989). Freezing marine sediment for subsequent extraction of adenosine triphosphate. J. Microbiol. Meth. 10 , pp. 113-117.
Dobbs, F. and Guckert, J. B. (1988). Callianassa trilobata (Crustacea: Thalassinidea) influences abundance of meiofauna and biomass, composition, and physiologic state of microbial communities within its burrow.. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 45 , pp. 67-79.
Carman, K. R., Dobbs, F. and Guckert, J. B. (1988). Consequences of thymidine catabolism to estimates of bacterial production: An example from a coastal marine sediment.. Limnol. Oceanogr. 33 , pp. 1595-1606.
Dobbs, F. and Guckert, J. B. (1988). Microbial food resources of the macrofaunal deposit feeder Ptychodera bahamensis (Hemichordata: Enteropneusta).. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 45 , pp. 127-136.
Tuovila, B. J., Dobbs, F., LaRock, P. A. and Siegel, B. Z. (1987). Preservation of ATP in hypersaline environments. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 52 , pp. 2749-2753.
Dobbs, F. and Scholly, T. A. (1986). Sediment processing and selective feeding in Pectinaria koreni (Polychaeta: Pectinariidae). Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 29 , pp. 165-176.
Waslenchuk, D. G., Matson, E. A., Zajac, R. N., Dobbs, F. and Tramantano, J. (1983). Geochemistry of burrow waters vented by a bioturbating shrimp in Bermuda. Mar. Biol. 72 , pp. 219-225.
Dobbs, F. and Vozarik, J. M. (1983). Immediate effects of a storm on coastal infauna. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 11 , pp. 273-279.
Dobbs, F. (1983). Monitoring defecation activity of infaunal deposit feeders. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 12 , pp. 47-50.
Dobbs, F. and Whitlatch, R. B. (1982). Aspects of deposit feeding by the polychaete Clymenella torquata. Opheila 21 , pp. 159-166.

Books

Dobbs, F. (2018). Aquatic Pollution. Wiley Interscience.
Carlton, J. T., Ruiz, G. M., Byers, J. E., Cangelosi, A. and Dobbs, F. (2011). Assessing the relationship between propagule pressure and invasion risk in ballast water. National Academies Press.
Dobbs, F. (2010). Aquatic Pollution. Wiley Interscience.
Dobbs, F. (1995). The Microbiology of Deep-Sea Hydrothermal Vents. CRC Press.
Dobbs, F. (1993). Handbook of Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology. Lewis Publishers.

Book Chapters

Dobbs, F. and Findlay, R. H. (1993). Analysis of microbial lipids to determine biomass and detect the response of sedimentary microorganisms to disturbance. Chapter 40 Handbook of Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (pp. 347-358) Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers.
Findlay, R. H. and Dobbs, F. (1993). Quantitative description of microbial communities using lipid analysis. Chapter 32 Handbook of Methods in Aquatic Microbial Ecology (pp. 271-284) Boca Raton, FL: Lewis Publishers.

Presentations

Laverty, A. and Dobbs, F. (March , 2018). Plastic pollution as a vector for pathogens. Oral Presentation pathogens. 2018 Virginia Water Monitoring Council Henrico, VA.
Laverty, A. and Dobbs, F. (March , 2018). Plastics and microplastics as vectors for bacteria and human pathogens. Oral Presentation Sixth International Marine Debris Conference San Diego, CA.
Burdige, D. J., Zimmerman, R. C., Dobbs, F., Hung, C. C. and Ho, C. Y. (November , 2017). An in situ ocean acidification experiment in shallow water seagrass sediments. Oral Presentation Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation 24th Biennial Conference Providence, RI.
Burdige, D. J., Zimmerman, R. C., Dobbs, F., Hung, C. C. and Ho, C. Y. (June , 2017). An in situ ocean acidification experiment in shallow water seagrass sediments. Oral Presentation South China Sea Science Conference, National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan.
Darr, K., Laverty, A. and Dobbs, F. (February , 2016). Abundance and antibiotic susceptibility of Vibrio spp. isolated from microplastics. Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Kaul, R. B., Kramer, A. M., Dobbs, F. and Drake, J. M. (August , 2014). Allee effects: Scaling down to the microbial level. Poster Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting Sacramento, CA.
Lymperopoulou, D. S. and Dobbs, F. (August , 2014). Island biogeography of marine aggregates: Phenotypic and genotypic species-area curves. Poster ISME15 Seoul, Korea.
Dobbs, F. and Lymperopoulou, D. S. (August , 2014). Metagenomics of Bacteria in ballast water and implications for ship-mediated dispersal of microbes. Poster ISME15 Seoul, Korea.
Laverty, A. L., Lymperopoulou, D. S. and Dobbs, F. (May , 2014). Diversity of Bacteria in a brackish, stratified lake with oxic and anoxic zones. Poster American Society for Microbiology General Meeting Boston, MA.
Lymperopoulou, D. S., Tennis, P. G., Zimmerman, R. C. and Dobbs, F. (May , 2014). Effects of ocean acidification on marine microbial biofilms. Poster American Society for Microbiology General Meeting Boston, MA.
Dobbs, F. (March , 2014). Lecture Hampton University Hampton, VA.
Laverty, A. L., Lymperopoulou, D. S., Rondon, S. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2013). Antibiotic resistance in Vibrio vulnificus isolated from the Chesapeake Bay during the summers of 2006 and 2013. Poster American Society for Microbiology, Virginia Branch Meeting Charlottesville, VA.
Dobbs, F. and Lyons, M. M. (February , 2013). Evidence for complex lifestyles among aquatic bacteria: temporal variation in microhabitat effect driven by changes in the free-living microbial communities. Oral Presentation ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Kramer, A. M., Dobbs, F., Ward, J. E., Pierce, M. and Drake, J. M. (February , 2013). Understanding the contribution of marine aggregate-associated bacteria to pathogen load in oysters using an agent-based model. Oral Presentation ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Li, W., Williamson, K. E. and Dobbs, F. (February , 2013). What is the abundance and diversity of viruses associated with marine viruses? Poster ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Dobbs, F. (November , 2012). Lecture Florida State University Tallahassee, FL.
Dobbs, F. (October , 2012). Lecture Franklin & Marshall College Lancaster, PA.
Dobbs, F., Lyons, M. M., Zhao, X. and Hicks, R. E. (August , 2012). Evidence for complex lifestyles among aquatic bacteria: Switching microhabitats reversibly changes metabolic capacity of aggregate-associated microbial communities. Poster International Society for Microbial Ecology Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dobbs, F. (August , 2012). Roundtable 17—Microbial invasions: What defines whether a microorganism is an invasive species? Oral Presentation International Society for Microbial Ecology Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dobbs, F., Lyons, M. M., Zhao, X. and Hicks, R. E. (August , 2012). Evidence for complex lifestyles among aquatic bacteria: Switching microhabitats reversibly changes metabolic capacity of aggregate-associated microbial communities. Poster International Workshop on Marine Aggregates Bremen, Germany .
Kaul, R. B., Kramer, A. M., Dobbs, F. and Drake, J. M. (June , 2012). Allee effects in experimental microbial systems. Poster American Society for Microbiology General Meeting San Francisco.
Dobbs, F. (March , 2012). Microscopic Islands: Modelling the theory of Island Biogeography for Aquatic Pathogens Colonizing Organic Aggregates. Poster Ecology and Evolution of Emerging Diseases University of Berkeley, CA.
Lyons, M. M. and Dobbs, F. (February , 2012). Differential utilization of carbon substrates by aggregate-associated and water-associated heterotrophic bacterial communities. Poster Ocean Sciences Meeting Salt Lake City, UT.
Li, W. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2011). Are organic marine aggregates "hotspots" for viruses? Poster Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference Daytona Beach, FL.
Hill, V., Alonzo, J., Adcock, A. B. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2011). Scientific awareness through theatre: inspiring young people to value scientific practice as we adapt to climate change. Oral Presentation Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference Daytona Beach, FL.
Hill, V. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2011). Urban runoff and bacteriological water quality of a Chesapeake Bay sub-estuary. Poster Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference Daytona Beach, FL.
Dobbs, F. (April , 2011). Lecture University of Connecticut Avery Point, CT.
Lyons, M. M., Dobbs, F. and Ward, J. (February , 2011). Microscopic islands: The role of organic aggregates in the ecology of bacteria in recreational waters. Poster Aquatic Sciences Meeting San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Lyons, M. M., Dobbs, F., Ward, J. and Gaff, H. ( 2010). Microbial hotspots: The persistence of aquatic pathogens in marine aggregates. Oral Presentation Oceans and Human Health Symposium & Workshop Washington D.C..
Nagarajan, M. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2010). Urban runoff and bacteriological water quality of a Chesapeake Bay subestuary. Poster Sigma Xi 12th Annual Student Research Poster Session Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA, .
Lyons, M. M., Dobbs, F. and Ward, J. (November , 2010). Islands of Vibrio: The role of organic aggregates in the ecology of Vibrio spp. in recreational waters. Poster Vibrios in the Environment 2010 Biloxi, MS.
(November , 2010). Vibrio cholerae in ships’ ballast tanks—toxic genes and antibiotic resistance. Poster Vibrios in the Environment 2010 Biloxi, MS.
Dobbs, F. (June , 2010). Bugs in ships' ballast water: Can microbiologists meet the challenge of international regulations? Keynote/Plenary Address Gordon Conference on Oceans and Human Health University of New England.
Dobbs, F. (April , 2010). Blair Middle School, Norfolk, VA .
Dobbs, F. (February , 2010). Engaging multiple stakeholders to improve coastal-ocean stewardship. Poster Ocean Sciences Meeting Portland, Oregon.
Lyons, M. M., Dobbs, F., Ward, J., Hicks, R. and Drake, J. (February , 2010). Microscopic islands: Does the theory of island biogeography apply to aquatic pathogens and marine aggregates? Poster Ocean Sciences Meeting Portland, Oregon.
Dobbs, F. ( 2009). Virginia Living Museum; Larchmont United Methodist Church, ; Cape Henry Collegiate School, Norfolk, VA; Virginia Beach, VA resp..
Lyons, M. M., Ward, J. E., Gaff, H., Wang, J., Liao, S., Stokes, M. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2009). Microbial hotspots: The role of organic aggregates in the persistence of aquatic pathogens. Oral Presentation Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference Portland, Oregon.
Tang, Y. Z. and Dobbs, F. (November , 2009). Vital and mortal staining of microalgal cells to evaluate ballast-water treatments. Oral Presentation Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation Conference Portland, Oregon.
Lyons, M. M., Ward, J. E., Gaff, H., Wang, J., Liao, S., Stokes, M. and Dobbs, F. (October , 2009). How do organic aggregates contribute to the persistence of aquatic pathogens? Oral Presentation National Environmental Public Health Conference Atlanta, GA.
Lyons, M. M., Ward, J. E., Dobbs, F. and Gaff, H. (October , 2009). Microbial hotspots: The role of organic aggregates in the persistence of aquatic pathogens Oral Presentation Oceans and Human Health PI Meeting, Traineeship Day Seattle, WA.
Thomson, F. K., Dobbs, F., Hynes, W. L. and Heinemann, S. A. (August , 2009). Characterization of antibiotic resistance in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships' ballast and other environmental sources. Oral Presentation Sixth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions Portland, Oregon.
Dobbs, F., Stokes, M. and Winton, J. R. (August , 2009). Introduction and translocation of harmful aquatic microbes in the Great Lakes: Pathway analysis. Oral Presentation Sixth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions Portland, Oregon.
Dobbs, F. ( 2008). Larchmont Elementary School, Norfolk, VA; University of Minnesota Duluth; University of Copenhagen (Denmark); Chesapeake Biological Laboratory .
Dobbs, F. ( 2007). All Scientist Meeting, Southern Research Station, USDA Forest Service; US Geological Survey, Western Fisheries Research Center, Seattle .
Tang, Y. Z., Lu, X., Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. (June , 2007). Effects of cold air plasma on eukaryotic microalgae. Oral Presentation Proc. IEEE Pulse Power Plasma Sci. Conf Albuquerque, NM.
Dobbs, F., Lymperopoulou, D. S., Zimmerman, R. C., Burdige, D. J., Hung, C. C. and Ho, C. Y. (June , 2007). Effects of ocean acidification on bacterial community structure in a seagrass ecosystem. Oral Presentation South China Sea Science Conference, National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan.
Zimmerman, R. C., Ives, R., Hill, V. J., Burdige, D. J., Dobbs, F., Hung, C. C. and Ho, C. Y. (June , 2007). Potential carbon sequestration by seagrasses at Dongsha Atoll. Oral Presentation South China Sea Science Conference, National Sun Yat-Sen University Taiwan.
Drake, L. A., Doblin, M. A. and Dobbs, F. (March , 2007). Ecology and prevention of potential aquatic microbial bioinvasions via ships' ballast discharge. Oral Presentation Rhode Island Natural History Survey, 12th Annual Ecology of Rhode Island Conference: Invasive Species: A Threat to Rhode Island's Biodiversity Narragansett, RI.
Dobbs, F., Doblin, M. A. and Drake, L. A. ( 2006). Microorganisms in discharged ballast water: What to do about D-2? Oral Presentation 3rd International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management Singapore.
Dobbs, F. ( 2006). Can free-living aquatic microorganisms be “invasive species?” Oral Presentation ISME11, International Society for Microbial Ecology Vienna, Austria.
Drake, L. A., Doblin, M. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2006). Potential microbial bioinvasions via ships’ ballast and proposed international legislation to reduce introductions. Oral Presentation New England Estuarine Research Society New London, CT.
Dobbs, F., Doblin, M. A. and Drake, L. A. ( 2006). Pathogens in ships’ ballast tanks. Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting Honolulu, HI.
Cousins, J. L., Heinemann, S., Thomson, F. and Dobbs, F. ( 2006). Vibrio cholerae presence along a longitudinal transect of the Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting Honolulu, HI.
( 2006). “Global Challenges, Local Solutions” Annual Research Exposition .
Heinemann, S. A., Thomson, F. T., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Assessing the potential for horizontal gene transfer of plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships' ballast. Oral Presentation 18th Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation Norfolk, VA.
Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Can microorganisms be invasive and if so, what are their ecological impacts? Oral Presentation 18th Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation Norfolk, VA.
Drake, L. A., Doblin, M. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Case study in Chesapeake Bay: Invasion pathways for microorganisms via ships’ ballast water, biofilms, and ballast-tank residuals. Oral Presentation 18th Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation Norfolk, VA.
Jönsson, S., Doblin, M. A., DiTullio, G. R. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Phytoplankton dynamics in ships' ballast tanks: Comparison of fluorometric, HPLC and species analyses. Oral Presentation 18th Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation Norfolk, VA.
Thomson, F., Heinemann, S. A., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Ships’ ballast as a potential vector for the transfer of antibiotic resistance genes among estuarine environments. Oral Presentation 18th Biennial Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation Norfolk, VA.
Heinemann, S. A., Thomson, F. K., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Assessing the potential for horizontal gene transfer of plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships' ballast. Oral Presentation American Society of Microbiology, Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Norfolk, VA.
Thomson, F. K., Heinemann, S. A., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Characterization of antibiotic resistance genes in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships' ballast tanks. Oral Presentation American Society of Microbiology, Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Norfolk, VA.
Tang, Y. Z. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Green autofluorescence in dinoflagellates and diatoms and its implications for application of green-fluorescence staining and morphological study. Oral Presentation American Society of Microbiology, Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Norfolk, VA.
Cousins, J., Heinemann, S., Thomson, F. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Vibrio cholerae along a longitudinal transect of the Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation American Society of Microbiology, Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Norfolk, VA.
Heinemann, S. A., Thomson, F. K., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance in Vibrio cholerae isolates from ships’ ballast. Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Solomons, MD.
Thomson, F. K., Heinemann, S., Goodrich, A., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Ships’ ballast water as a potential source for the introduction of antibiotic resistance genes into estuarine environments. Oral Presentation Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Solomons, MD.
Laroussi, M. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Inactivation of bacteria by plasma-generated incoherent excimer UV radiation. Oral Presentation ElectroMed 2005 Symposium Portland, Oregon.
Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Can microorganisms be invasive and if so, what are their ecological impacts? Oral Presentation Fourth International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions Wellington, New Zealand.
Minayeya, O., Wood, J., Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. ( 2005). Remote plasma treatment of bacteria using non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure air dielectric barrier discharge (DBD). Oral Presentation IEEE ICOPS (International Conference on Plasma Science) Monterey, CA.
Thompson, F., Heinemann, S. A.., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2005). Ships' ballast as a potential vector for the transfer of antibiotic-resistance genes of Vibrio cholerae. Oral Presentation Vibrio 2005 Gent, Belgium.
( 2005). Working Group on Ballast and other Ship Vectors .
Doblin, M. A., Coyne, K. J., Popels, L. C., Hutchins, D. A., Cary, S. C., Rublee, P. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2004). Global transport and dispersal of HABs in ships’ ballast water and recreational vessels. Oral Presentation 11th International Conference on Harmful Algae Capetown, South Africa.
Dobbs, F. and Rogerson, A. ( 2004). Can we ever remove, kill, or inactivate all the microorganisms from ships’ ballast water, and should we try? Oral Presentation 2nd International Conference and Exhibition on Ballast Water Management Singapore.
Drake, L. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2004). Microorganisms: Potential invasive species in ships’ ballast-water tanks. Oral Presentation ASLO Ocean Research Conference Honolulu, HI.
Choi, K. C., Kimmerer, W., Marcal, D. and Dobbs, F. ( 2004). Stemming marine bioinvasions: Is good the ally of the perfect? Oral Presentation Environment Risk and Nonindigenous Species Invasions in the Great Lakes Region: Risk Analysis, Management, and Communication Cleveland, OH.
( 2004). Johns Hopkins University; American Institute of Biological Sciences (Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.); Chesapeake Biological Laboratory; Hampton University .
Meyer, A. E., Forsberg, R. L., Drake, L. A., Baier, R. E., Scott, L. K., Dobbs, F., Doblin, M. A., Koch, M. and Johnson, W. P. ( 2003). Ballast tank biofilms as "seed banks": Physicochemical and microbiological characterization. Oral Presentation 12th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species Windsor, Ontario.
Johengen, T., Reid, D., Jenkins, P., Dobbs, F., Doblin, M., MacIssac, H., Van Overdijk, C., Bandoni, S., Fahnenstiel, G. and Ying, H. ( 2003). The Great Lakes NOBOB Project: 38 ships and 82 tanks later. Oral Presentation 12th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species Windsor, Ontario.
Baier, R. E., Forsberg, R. L., Meyer, A. E., Zambon, J. J., Galil, B., Hulsmann, N., Drake, L. A., Dobbs, F. and Doblin, M. ( 2003). Ballast water biofilms as "benchmarks" for bioinvasion risk management. Oral Presentation American Chemical Society National Meeting New York, NY.
Ruiz, G. M. and Dobbs, F. ( 2003). Biological invasions: Consequences for parasites, pathogens, emerging diseases, and fisheries in the marine environment. Oral Presentation Australian Society for Fish Biology Annual Conference Wellington, New Zealand.
Doblin, M. A., Kampschmidt, L. G., Heinemann, S., Jenkins, P. T. and Dobbs, F. ( 2003). Microbial dynamics in ships’ ballast tanks during vessel transit in the Great Lakes. Oral Presentation International Association for Great Lakes Research, 46th Conference on Great Lakes Research Chicago, IL.
Dobbs, F., Doblin, M. A., Kampschmidt, L. G., Diallo, A. A., Graczyk, T. K., Jiang, X. and Rublee, P. A. ( 2003). Microorganisms in NOBOB ships arriving in the Great Lakes. Oral Presentation International Association for Great Lakes Research, 46th Conference on Great Lakes Research Chicago, IL.
Ruiz, G., Murphy, K., Chaves-Beam, S., Smith, G., Doblin, M. and Dobbs, F. ( 2003). Toward understanding transfer dynamics of organisms in ships’ ballast water: Measuring survivorship and efficacy of ballast water exchange. Oral Presentation International Association for Great Lakes Research, 46th Conference on Great Lakes Research Chicago, IL.
Doblin, M. A., Popels, L. C., Cary, S. C., Coyne, K. J., Hutchins, D. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2003). Long-distance and local-scale transport of Aureococcus by ships and small boats in fresh and marine waters. Oral Presentation Second Symposium on Harmful Marine Algae in the U.S. Woods Hole, MA.
Doblin, M. A., Dobbs, F., Drake, L. A., Bednarski, M., Coyne, K., Heinemann, S., DiTullio, G., Kampschmidt, L. G., Mullady, T., Murphy, K. and Ruiz, G. ( 2003). Effects of open-ocean exchange on microbial communities in ships’ ballast tanks. Oral Presentation Third International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions San Diego, CA.
Dobbs, F., Diallo, A. A., Doblin, M. A., Drake, L. A., Graczyk, T. K., Jiang, X., Johengen, T. H., Kampschmidt, L. G., Rublee, P. A., Reid, D. F. and Ruiz, G. M. ( 2003). Pathogens in ships’ ballast water and sediment residuals. Oral Presentation Third International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions San Diego, CA.
Thomson, F. K., Heinemann, S. and Dobbs, F. ( 2003). Patterns of antibiotic resistance in cholera bacteria isolated from ships’ ballast water. Oral Presentation Third International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions San Diego, CA.
Heinemann, S., Thomson, F. K., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2003). Plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships’ ballast water. Oral Presentation Third International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions San Diego, CA.
Drake, L. A., Baier, R. E., Doblin, M. A., Dobbs, F., Forsberg, R. L., Heinemann, S., Johnson, W. P., Koch, M., Meyer, A. E., Rublee, P. A. and Scott, L. K. ( 2003). Potential invasion of microorganisms and pathogens via ‘interior hull fouling’: biofilms inside ballast-water tanks. Oral Presentation Third International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions San Diego, CA.
Forsberg, R., Baier, R., Meyer, A., Dobbs, F., Doblin, M., Drake, L. and Jenkins, P. ( 2002). Effects of surface properties and resuspension of NOBOB sediments. Oral Presentation 11th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Biofouling San Diego, CA.
Drake, L. A., Baier, R. E., Doblin, M. A., Dobbs, F., Johnson, W. P., Meyer, A. E. and Rublee, P. A. ( 2002). Global dispersal of microorganisms and pathogens: Biofilms inside ballast-water tanks. Oral Presentation 11th International Congress on Marine Corrosion and Biofouling San Diego, CA.
Thomson, F. K., Heinemann, S. and Dobbs, F. ( 2002). Patterns of antibiotic resistance in cholera bacteria isolated from ships’ ballast water. Oral Presentation American Society for Microbiology, Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Norfolk, VA.
Heinemann, S., Thomson, F. K., Hynes, W. L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2002). Plasmid-borne antibiotic resistance in Vibrio cholerae isolated from ships’ ballast water. Oral Presentation American Society for Microbiology, Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Norfolk, VA.
Johnson, W. P., Zhang, P., McIntosh, W. O., Scheibe, T. D., Onstott, T. C., Fuller, M. E., Dobbs, F., Deflaun, M. F., Holben, W., Griffin, T., Mailloux, B. J., Kovacik, W. P. and Naftz, D. L. ( 2002). Transport of bacterial probes in the subsurface: Physicochemical and biological factors, or "Colloids wouldn't do that!". Oral Presentation Geological Sciences of America Annual Meeting and Exposition Denver, CO.
Forsberg, R. D., Friedmann, D., Drake, L. A., Galil, N., Hlsmann, N., Meyer, A., Dobbs, F. and Baier, R. ( 2002). Material surface-control of ballast biofilm complexes introduced to Great Lakes. Oral Presentation International Association for Great Lakes Research, 45th Conference on Great Lakes Research Winnepeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Drake, L. A., Ball, L. G., Moreira, K. R., Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 2002). Ballast water as a vector for global transport of microorganisms and the associated risk of microbial invasion. Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting Honolulu, HI.
Woodruff, D. L., Wahl, K., Dobbs, F. and Jarmin, K. ( 2002). Application of MALDI mass spectrometry to identification of phytoplankton in ballast water. Oral Presentation Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium and Workshop Abstract Proceedings Washington, D.C.
Doblin, M. A., Drake, L. A., Coyne, K. J., Rublee, P. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2002). Pfiesteria species identified in ballast water and residuals: A possible vector for introductions to coastal areas. Oral Presentation Xth International Conference On Harmful Algae St. Pete Beach, FL.
Choi, K. H., Richardson, J. P., Williams, J. P., Valle-Levinson, A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Diel variation of bacterioplankton in the Lower Chesapeake Bay: A Eulerian study. Oral Presentation ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting Albuquerque, NM.
Drake, L. A., Dobbs, F., Ball, L. G. and Zimmerman, R. C. ( 2001). Light attenuation by seagrass epiphytes: Effects of epiphyte abundance and composition Oral Presentation ASLO Aquatic Sciences Meeting Albuquerque, NM.
Dobbs, F., Drake, L. A. and Zimmerman, R. C. ( 2001). Crystalline inclusions in epidermal cells of turtlegrass, Thalassia testudinum: What is their significance? Oral Presentation Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Drake, L. A., Ruiz, G. M., Mullady, T. L., Ball, L. G., Moreira, K. R. and Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Microbial bioinvasions via ballast water: Abundance of microorganisms and delivery patterns to Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Conference of the Estuarine Research Federation St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.
Zhang, P., Johnson, W. P., Scheibe, T., Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Extended tailing of bacterial transport at the Narrow Channel Focus Area, Oyster Site, VA. Oral Presentation DOE NABIR Principal Investigator Meeting Warrenton, VA.
Dobbs, F., Choi, K. C. and Smith, D. ( 2001). Top-down controls on bacteria and transport in oxic and suboxic environments. Oral Presentation DOE NABIR Principal Investigator Meeting Warrenton, VA.
Richardson, J. P., Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. ( 2001). Effects of the resistive barrier discharge on bacterial viability, biochemical pathways, and morphology. Oral Presentation IEEE ICOPS (International Conference on Plasma Science) Las Vegas, NV.
Laroussi, M., Richardson, J. P. and Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Biochemical and morphological effects of non-equilibrium atmospheric pressure plasmas on bacteria. Oral Presentation Proc. 15th Inter. Symp. Plasma Chemistry Orleans, France.
Doblin, M., Reid, D., Dobbs, F., Donahue, D., Fahnensteil, G., Jenkins, P., Johengen, T., MacIssac, H. and Ruiz, G. ( 2001). Assessment of transoceanic NOBOB vessels and low-salinity ballast water as vectors for nonindigenous species introductions to the Great Lakes. Oral Presentation Second International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions New Orleans, LA.
Dobbs, F., Ball, L., Doblin, M., Dyer, F., Laroussi, M., Moreira, K. and Wei, Z. ( 2001). Ballast water treatment and management: Inactivation of microorganisms through photon engineering. Oral Presentation Second International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions New Orleans, LA.
Thomson, F. K., Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Can bacterial data be used to verify ballast-water exchange? Oral Presentation Second International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions New Orleans, LA.
Drake, L. A., Ruiz, G. M., Mullady, T. L., Galil, B. S., Friedman, D. O., Ball, L. G. and Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Dynamics of microbial abundance in ballast water during a trans-oceanic voyage and the effects of open-ocean exchange. Oral Presentation Second International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions New Orleans, LA.
Dobbs, F. ( 2001). Invasion potential of microorganisms in ships’ ballast waters. Oral Presentation Second International Conference on Marine Bioinvasions New Orleans, LA.
Demir, E., Doblin, M., Drake, L. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2000). Assessment of heat treatment to reduce risks of microbial introductions via ballast water. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Farmville, VA.
Thomson, F., Choi, K. and Dobbs, F. ( 2000). Evaluation of the relative ability of three Biolog microplates (GN, GN2, and ECO) to delineate microbial communities in aquatic environments. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Farmville, VA.
Richardson, J. P., Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. ( 2000). Germicidal effects of atmospheric pressure plasma on Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Farmville, VA.
Richardson, J. P., Dobbs, F. and Laroussi, M. ( 2000). Germicidal effects of atmospheric pressure plasma on Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Farmville, VA.
Zhang, P., Johnson, W. P., Scheibe, T., Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 2000). Extended tailing of bacterial transport at the Narrow Channel Focus Area, Oyster Site, VA. Oral Presentation American Chemical Society National Meeting Washington, D.C.
Drake, L. A., Ruiz, G. M., Mullady, T. L., Galil, B., Friedman, D., Ball, L. and Dobbs, F. ( 2000). Invasion dynamics of microorganisms: Microbial ecology of ballast water during a trans-oceanic cruise. Oral Presentation ASLO 2000 Aquatic Sciences Meeting Copenhagen, Denmark.
Dobbs, F., Choi, K. C., Mullady, T. and Drake, L. A. ( 2000). Invasion dynamics of microorganisms: Temporal patterns of sole-carbon-source utilization during a trans-oceanic cruise. Oral Presentation ASLO 2000 Aquatic Sciences Meeting Copenhagen, Denmark.
Rawlings, T. K., Ruiz, G. M., Dobbs, F., Drake, L. A., Mullady, T. L., Hug, A. and Colwell, R. R. ( 2000). Ecology and ballast-mediated transport of Vibrio cholerae O1 and O139. Oral Presentation Atlantic Estuarine Research Society Edgewater, MD.
Richardson, J. P., Dyer, F. F., Dobbs, F., Alexeff, I. and Laroussi, M. ( 2000). On the use of the resistive barrier discharge to kill bacteria: Recent results. Oral Presentation Proc. IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science, p. 109, Annual Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Demir, E., Doblin, M., Drake, L. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 2000). Assessment of heat treatment to reduce risks of microbial introductions via ballast water. Oral Presentation Symposium on Harmful Marine Algae in the U.S. Woods Hole, MA.
Dobbs, F. (August , 2000). Ballast-water exchange verification workshop. Oral Presentation Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Edgewater, MD.
Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 1999). Microbial studies in an organically contaminated coastal sandy aquifer. Oral Presentation 4th International Symposium on Subsurface Microbiology. Amer. Soc. Microbiol. Vail, CO.
Drake, L. A., Zimmerman, R. C., Cummings, M. E. and Dobbs, F. ( 1999). Epiphyte load on seagrass leaves: Effects of leaf age and influence on inherent optical properties. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Aquatic Sciences Meeting Santa Fe, NM.
Choi, K. H., Drake, L. A., Locarnini, R., Valle-Levinson, A. and Dobbs, F. ( 1999). Hydrographic influence on bacterioplankton dynamics at the entrance of Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Aquatic Sciences Meeting Santa Fe, NM.
Dobbs, F. and Choi, K. H. ( 1999). Long-term variation in sole-carbon source utilization by bacterioplankton in lower Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Aquatic Sciences Meeting Santa Fe, NM.
Drake, L. A., Cummings, M. E., Dobbs, F. and Zimmerman, R. C. ( 1999). Effects of epiphyte load on inherent optical properties of seagrasses: A comparison between two species. Oral Presentation Estuarine Research Federation New Orleans, LA.
Dobbs, F. and Choi, K. H. ( 1999). Characterization of bacterial assemblages in ships' ballast water. Oral Presentation First National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, MIT Cambridge, MA.
Rawlings, T. K., Ruiz, G. M., Schoenfeld, S., Dobbs, F., Drake, L. A., Hug, A. and Colwell, R. R. ( 1999). Ecology and ballast-mediated transfer of Vibrio cholerae O1 and O139. Lecture First National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, MIT Cambridge, MA.
Drake, L. A., Dobbs, F., Choi, K. H., Ruiz, G. M., McCann, L. D. and Mullady, T. L. ( 1999). Inventory of microbes in ballast water of ships arriving in Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation First National Conference on Marine Bioinvasions, MIT Cambridge, MA.
Richardson, J. P., Choi, K. C. and Dobbs, F. ( 1998). Groundwater bacteria: Effects of phosphate enrichment and predation by protozoa. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Lexington, VA.
Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 1998). Protozoan predation on bacteria in subsurface environments. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Lexington, VA.
Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 1998). Analysis of aquatic bacterial communities using Biolog GN and ECO plates. Oral Presentation Eighth Inter. Symp. Microb. Ecol. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dobbs, F. and Selph, K. A. ( 1997). Thermophilic bacterial activity in a deep-sea sediment from the Pacific Ocean. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Ann. Mtg. Santa Fe, NM.
Drake, L. A., Choi, K. H., Haskell, A. and Dobbs, F. ( 1997). Vertical profile of virus-like particles and bacteria in the water column and sediments of Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Ann. Mtg. Santa Fe, NM.
Dobbs, F. ( 1997). Sedimentary microbes of the Equatorial Pacific Ocean. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol. Miami Beach, FL.
Robertson, D., Butler IV, M. J. and Dobbs, F. ( 1997). An evaluation of potential indices of nutritional condition suitable for field studies of juvenile spiny lobsters. Oral Presentation Fifth Inter. Conference and Workshop on Lobster Biology and Management Queenstown, New Zealand.
Dobbs, F., Rawlings, T. K., Colwell, R. R. and Ruiz, G. M. ( 1997). Transfer, dynamics, and risk of invasion by microorganisms associated with ballast water of ships. Oral Presentation Workshop on Hazardous Marine/Freshwater Microbes and Toxins, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences .
Choi, K. H. and Dobbs, F. ( 1996). Bacterioplankton dynamics at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Virginia Beach, VA.
Drake, L. A., Choi, K. H., Haskell, A. and Dobbs, F. ( 1996). Distribution of virus like particles and bacteria: A comparison between the water column and sediments of Chesapeake Bay. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Virginia Beach, VA.
Neely, C. J. and Dobbs, F. ( 1996). Incidence and dispersal of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, and its potential as a vector for arboviruses. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Virginia Branch, Annual Meeting Virginia Beach, VA.
Drake, L. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 1996). The effects of free viruses on the copepod Acartia tonsa Dana (Calanoida): A progress report. Oral Presentation AMSIE'96 Baltimore, MD.
Robertson, D. N., Butler IV, M. J. and Dobbs, F. ( 1996). Evaluation of potential indices of nutritional condition of the Caribbean spiny lobster, Panulirus argus. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting Columbia, SC.
Clemente, K., Drake, L. A. and Dobbs, F. ( 1996). Utilization of organic matter in Charleston Bump sediments: Contribution of microorganisms. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting Columbia, SC.
Moyer, C. L., Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. M. ( 1995). The molecular phylogeny of deep-sea hydrothermal vent Archaea. Oral Presentation Ann. Mtg. Amer. Soc. Microbiol. 1995 Washington, D.C.
Moyer, C. L., Dobbs, F. and Karl, D. M. ( 1993). Estimation of diversity and community structure through RFLP distribution analysis of bacterial 16S rRNA genes from a microbial mat at an active, hydrothermal vent system, Loihi Seamount, Hawaii. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Microbiol., Hawaii Branch, Annual Mtg Hawaii.
Lonsdale, D. J., Dobbs, F., Hassett, R. P. and Yen, J. ( 1993). Changes in physiological rates and gut cell structure associated with a reproductive resting stage in a harpacticoid copepod. Oral Presentation Fifth International Conference on Copepods Baltimore, MD.
Dobbs, F. and Selph, K. E. ( 1993). Sedimentary microbiological biomass, composition, and processes along the U.S. JGOFS Equatorial Pacific Transect. Oral Presentation The Oceanography Society Meeting Seattle, WA.
Dobbs, F. ( 1992). Microorganisms on burrow walls of macrofauna: Fortuitous or predictable occurrence? Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Ann. Mtg. Santa Fe, NM.
Lonsdale, D. J., Dobbs, F., Hassett, R. P. and Yen, J. ( 1992). Changes in physiological rates and gut cell structure associated with a "reproductive resting" stage in a harpacticoid copepod. Oral Presentation Eighth International Meiofauna Conference College Park, MD.
Dobbs, F. and Smith, C. R. ( 1992). Evaluating benthic community disturbance and succession following simulated manganese nodule mining in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean. Oral Presentation Underwater Mining Institute Washington, D.C.
Lonsdale, D. and Dobbs, F. ( 1991). Pathogenesis in laboratory reared copepods. Oral Presentation Amer. Soc. Limnol. Oceanogr. Ann. Mtg. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Dobbs, F., Kristensen, E. and Guckert, J. B. ( 1989). Microbial communities of worm burrows: Influence of bioturbation. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting Solomons, MD.
Lonsdale, D. J. and Dobbs, F. ( 1989). Problems with copepod culture: Insight into population dynamics? Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting Solomons, MD.
Dobbs, F. ( 1988). Enteropneusts and sedimentary bacteria. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting University of Maine.
Dobbs, F. and Guckert, J. B. ( 1988). Burrows of Callianassa determine spatial patterns of abundance and composition of sedimentary microorganisms. Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Carman, K. R., Dobbs, F. and Guckert, J. B. ( 1988). Nonspecific labeling, catabolism, and recycling of methyl {3H} and methyl {14C} thymidine in a marine sediment. Oral Presentation Ocean Sciences Meeting New Orleans, LA.
Dobbs, F., Carman, K. R. and Guckert, J. B. ( 1987). Microbial meiofaunal trophic studies: Evaluation of three methods for introducing radioactive labels into marine sediment. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting North Carolina State University.
Dobbs, F. ( 1986). Fatty acids, microbes, and tube building macrobenthos. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting Boston, MA.
Dobbs, F. ( 1982). Optimal foraging in marine deposit feeders: A proposal. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting Cambridge, MA.
Vozarik, J. M. and Dobbs, F. ( 1981). Disturbance of benthic infauna by a storm. Oral Presentation New England Estuarine Research Society University of New Hampshire.
Dobbs, F. ( 1980). Microbial "gardening" by Clymenella and a suggested result of its surface feeding behavior. Benthic Ecology Meeting Williamsburg, VA.
Dobbs, F. ( 1979). In situ defaunation and subsequent recolonization of a subtidal sand flat. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting University of New Hampshire.
Dobbs, F. ( 1978). Effect of a conveyor belt deposit feeder on an infaunal community. Oral Presentation Benthic Ecology Meeting University of Maryland.
Dobbs, F. ( 1978). Surface deposit feeding by Clymenella torquata, a conveyor belt species. Oral Presentation New England Estuarine Research Society Woods Hole, MA.
  • 2018: Pool of Overseas Distinguished Scientists, Qingdao (China) National Laboratory of Marine Science and Technology
  • 2015: ODU Provost's Fellow, ODU
  • 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