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Fred Dobbs

Fred Dobbs

Professor & Chair
Ocean & Earth Sciences

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  • Expertise

    biological oceanography; marine microbial ecology; disease ecology
  • Research Interests

    Marine microbial ecology; microbiology of ships’ ballast tanks; disease ecology; bioelectrics; plastics in the environment
  • 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
  • Contracts, Grants and Sponsored Research

    Dobbs, F.; Wang, J. "A joint mathematical and experimental study on cholera transmission dynamics" $180,000. Federal. September 01, 2014 - August 31, 2018
    Dobbs, F.; Wittkower, D.; Xin, C. "Microplastics As Vectors For Bacteria And Human Pathogens In Coastal Environments" $5,000. State. June 1, 2016 - November 15, 2017
    Dobbs, F. "Maritime Environmental Resource Center" $79,000. State. March, 2012 - December, 2015
    Dobbs, F. "Importation of baitworms and their live algal packing materials to the Mid-Atlantic " $7,500. State. March, 2011 - August, 2014
    Dobbs, F. "Collaborative Research--Microscopic islands: Modeling the theory of island biogeography for aquatic pathogens colonizing marine aggregates" $849,832. Federal. September 1, 2009 - August 31, 2014
    Alonzo, J.; 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" $17,000. Old Dominion University. May, 2014 - June, 2014
    Alonzo, J.; Adcock, A. B.; Hill, V.; Dobbs, F. "Scientific awareness through theatre: Inspiring young people to value scientific practice as we adapt to sea level rise and climate change" $44,631. Old Dominion University. June, 2011 - December, 2011
    Dobbs, F.; Schafran, G.; Gaff, H.; Hynes, W.; Wang, J. "Do marine aggregates facilitate gene transfer of antibiotic resistance in nature?" $81,782. 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" $259,094. Other. 2007 - 2010
    Dobbs, F.; Gordon, A. "Evaluation of methods for biological control of bacteria in ships’ ballast water. Stage 1 – literature review" $26,106. Private. 2009 - 2009
    Dobbs, F.; Schoenbach, K. "Pasteurization of packaged food with pulsed electric fields" $41,212. Private. 2008 - 2008
    Dobbs, F.; Laroussi, M. "Effects of non-equilibrium plasma on eukaryotic cells" $240,000. Federal. December 1, 2005 - November 30, 2008
    Dobbs, F. "Screening of surrogate species for ballast water treatment" $51,368. Federal. 2005 - 2007
    Dobbs, F.; Doblin , M.; Drake, L. "Viability tests relevant to efficacy of ballast-water technologies—basic research" $178,293. Federal. 2004 - 2007
    Dobbs, F.; Doblin , M.; Drake, L. "Identifying, verifying, and establishing options for best management practices for NOBOB vessels" $147,702. Other. January 1, 2004 - December 31, 2006
    Dobbs, F.; 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" $205,354. Federal. 2003 - 2006
    Dobbs, F.; Hynes, W. L. "Antibiotic resistance, plasmids, and the potential for lateral gene transfer in Vibrio cholerae found in ships' ballast water" $200,355. Federal. June, 2003 - February, 2006
    Drake, L.; Dobbs , F.; Doblin, M.; Johnson , W.; Baier , R.; 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" $299,998. Federal. 2001 - 2004
    Dobbs, F.; Doblin, M. "Assessment of transoceanic NOBOB vessels and low-salinity ballast water as vectors for nonindigenous species introductions to the Great Lakes" $268,148. Other. 2001 - 2004
    Dobbs, F.; Drake , L.; Doblin , M.; Johengen, T.; MacIsaac , H.; Jenkins , P.; 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" $349,998. Federal. 2001 - 2004
    Drake, L.; Dobbs, F. "Influence of sedimentary and seagrass microbial communities on shallow-water benthic optical properties—data mining proposal" $56,747. 2001 - 2003
    Drake, L. A.; Doblin, M. A.; Dobbs, F.; Berke, T.; Jiang, J.; Matson, D. "Proof-of-concept: Microarray technology (DNA chips) to detect pathogens in ships’ ballast water" $15,000. 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" $148,533. 1999 - 2002
    Dobbs, F. "Top-down controls on growth of groundwater bacteria from a coastal plain aquifer" $240,000. 1999 - 2002
    Dobbs, F. "Biological characterization for assessment of aquatic nuisance species invasion risk from NOBOB (no ballast on board) vessels" $80,000. 2000 - 2001
    Dobbs, F.; Laroussi, M. "Ballast water treatment and management: Inactivation of human pathogens through photon engineering" $99,903. 1999 - 2001
    Dobbs, F.; Drake, L. "Influence of sedimentary and seagrass microbial communities on shallow-water benthic optical properties" $422,775. 1996 - 2001
    Dobbs, F.; Schoenbach, K. "Ballast-water treatment and management: Acoustic screen filtration for control of non-indigenous species in ballast water" $9,617. 2000 - 2000
    Dobbs, F.; Schoenbach, K.; Stark, R. "Bioelectrics Program at Old Dominion University" $50,000. 1999 - 2000
    Dobbs, F.; Burdige, D. J. "Effects of macro- and microzooplankton grazing on transformations of colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM)" $142,544. 1998 - 2000
    Dobbs, F. "Measuring the transfer, dynamics, and risk of invasion for microbial communities associated with the ballast water of ships" $41,472. 1998 - 2000
    Dobbs, F. "Protozoa population dynamics and bacterivory in groundwater at the DOE site in Oyster, Virginia" $99,701. 1997 - 1999
    Dobbs, F.; Alden, R.; Winfield, J. "Evaluation of a benchtop treatment system for non-point source discharges" $5,000. 1997 - 1997
    Dobbs, F. "Summer Faculty Research Fellowship Grant" $6,000. 1996 - 1996
    Dobbs, F.; Clough, L. "Carbon cycling near the Charleston Bump: Relative importance of benthic macrofauna and sedimentary microbes" . 1995 - 1995
    Dobbs, F.; Karl, D. "Microbial processes and biodiversity at an active, hydrothermal vent system, Loihi Seamount, Hawaii" $60,698. 1993 - 1995
    Dobbs, F.; Landry, M.; Campbell, L. "Microbiological aspects of point and nonpoint source pollution in Mamala Bay, Oahu, Hawaii" $100,000. 1993 - 1995
    Dobbs, F.; Smith, C. "Benthic community disturbance and succession following simulated manganese nodule mining in the Equatorial Pacific Ocean" $801,500. 1991 - 1994
    Dobbs, F. "Sedimentary microbiological communities across the Equatorial Pacific carbon flux gradient: Biomass, composition, carbon utilization rates, and production" $141,360. 1991 - 1994
    Dobbs, F.; Karl, D. "Submersible support to study microbial processes and biodiversity at the summit of Loihi Seamount" . 1993 - 1993
    Dobbs, F.; Karl, D. "Microbiology and chemistry of active hydrothermal vents on Loihi Seamount" $139,514. 1991 - 1993
    Dobbs, F.; Karl, D. "Submersible support to study microbial processes and biodiversity at the base of Loihi Seamount" . 1992 - 1992
    Dobbs, F. "Microorganisms on burrow walls of infauna: Predictable or fortuitous occurrence?" $44,042. 1991 - 1992
    Dobbs, F. "Epicuticular bacteria on crustaceans: Their contributions to metabolic activity in marine sediments" $5,000. 1990 - 1991
    Dobbs, F.; Lonsdale, D. "Pathogenesis in a widespread, estuarine copepod: Etiology and demographic effects" $45,699. 1990 - 1991
    Dobbs, F.; Popp, B. "Purchase of an Iatroscan for analysis of lipids" $24,025. 1990 - 1991
    Dobbs, F. "Is cellulose digestion in oysters prokaryotically or eukaryotically mediated?" $2,000. 1989 - 1989
    Dobbs, F. "Degradation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by bacteria from enteropneust worm burrows" $9,996. 1988 - 1989