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Dale DeNardo

Dale DeNardo

Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 872204
Tempe, AZ 85287-2204


  • Professor, School of Life Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Department of Animal Care and Technologies, Knowledge Enterprise
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Dale DeNardo is the Attending Veterinarian and director of the Department of Animal Care and Technologies at ASU. In this role, he oversees the husbandry and health of all animals on campus.  

He is also a professor in the School of Life Sciences. His research focus is in environmental physiology where he studies the interaction between an organism and its environment. He and his research team use both laboratory and field-based experiments to investigate how physiological state, behavior, and environmental conditions interact to enable an animal not only to survive but also to thrive and reproduce in challenging environments such as deserts. Professor DeNardo and his collaborators are particularly interested in how organisms deal with limited resources, such as energy and water, and how their coping strategies will be affected by climate change.


  • PhD, Integrative Biology, University of California-Berkeley, 1994
  • DVM, Zoological Medicine, University of California-Davis, 1988
  • BS with highest honors, Zoology, University of California-Davis, 1984

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Journal Articles


Collins, C. L., D. F. DeNardo, M. Blake, J. Norton, K. Schmidlin, R. S. Fontenele, M. A. Wilson, S. Kraberger and A. Varsani. 2021. Genome sequences of microviruses identified in Gila monster feces. Microbiology Resournce Announcements 10(11): e00163-21. DOI: 10.1128/MRA.00163-21. (link )


Al-Sayegh, M. T., R. H. Abd El-Wahab, C. D. Wright and D. F. DeNardo. 2020. Impact of anthropogenic disturbance and vegetation composition on ecophysiology and activity of Uromastyx aegyptia (Forskål, 1775). Journal of Arid Environments 181(Oct):104232. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2020.104232. (link )

Brashears, J. A., H. B. Fokidis and D. F. DeNardo. 2020. Fear-based aggression and its relationship to corticosterone responsiveness in three species of python. General and Comparative Endrocrinology 289(Apr):113374. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113374. (link )

Brusch IV, G. A., D. F. DeNardo and O. Lourdais. 2020. Reproductive state and water deprivation increase plasma corticosterone in a capital breeder. General and Comparative Endrocrinology 288(Mar):113375. DOI: 10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113375. (link )

Brusch IV, G. A., A. M. Mills, R. M. Walman, G. Masuda, A. Byeon, D. F. DeNardo and Z. R. Stahlschmidt. 2020. Dehydration enhances cellular and humoral immunity in a mesic snake community. JEZ-A Ecological and Integrative Physiology 333(5):306-315. DOI: 10.1002/jez.2358. (link )

Dolby, G. A., M. Morales, T. H. Webster, D. F. DeNardo, M. A. Wilson and K. Kusumi. 2020. Discovery of a new TLR gene and gene expansion event through improved desert tortoise genome assembly with chromosome-scale scaffolds. Genome Biology and Evolution 12(2):3917-3925. DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evaa016. (link )

Natusch, D. J., P. W. Aust, S. Khadiejah, H. Ithnin, A. Isa, C. Zsmzuri, A. Ganswindt and D. F. DeNardo. 2020. Behavioral and corticosterone responses to carbon dioxide exposure in reptiles. PLOS One 15(10):e0240176. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0240176. (link )


Brusch IV, G. A., K. Christian, G. Brown, R. Shine and D. F. DeNardo. 2019. Liasis fuscus (water python) reproduction/mating ball. Herpetological Review 50(3):594. (link )


Hutton, P., C. D. Wright, D. F. DeNardo and K. J. McGraw. 2018. No effect of human presence at night on disease, body mass, or metabolism in rural and urban House Finches (Haemorhous mexicanaus). Integrative & Comparative Biology icy093. DOI: 10.1093/icb/icy093. (link )


Dupoue, A., A. Rutschmann, J. Le Galliard, D. B. Miles, J. Clobert, D. F. DeNardo, G. A. Brusch IV and S. Meylen. 2017. Water availability and environmental temperature correlate with geographic variation in water balance in common lizards. Oecologia 185(4):561-571. DOI: 10.1007/s00442-017-3973-6. (link )


Ackley, J. W., M. J. Angilletta Jr., D. F. DeNardo, B. K. Sullivan and J. Wu. 2015. Urban heat island mitigation strategies and lizard thermal ecology: Landscaping can quadruple potential activity time in an arid city. Urban Ecosystems DOI: 10.1007/s11252-015-0460-x. (link )



Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, B. K. Sullivan, M. J. Angilletta, S. W. Myint and D. F. DeNardo. 2015. Rich lizards: How affluence and land cover influence the diversity and abundance of desert reptiles persisting in an urban landscape. Poster presented at the Seventeenth Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, 16 January 2015, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )


Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, M. J. Angilletta, D. F. DeNardo and B. K. Sullivan. 2013. Heat islands, landscaping, and the thermal ecology of urban lizards. Poster presented at the Sustainable Pathways: Learning from the Past and Shaping the Future, 98th Ecological Society of America Annual Meeting, 4-9 August 2013, Minneapolis, Minnesota. (link )

Ackley, J. W., J. Wu, D. F. DeNardo, M. J. Angilletta, S. W. Myint and B. K. Sullivan. 2013. Heat islands, backyard landscaping, and the thermal ecology of urban lizards. Poster presented at the 11 January 2013, 15th Annual CAP LTER Poster Symposium and All Scientist Meeting 2013, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )