- Chair, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development
- Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation
Dale DeNardo is an environmental physiologist who 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.
DeNardo and his collaborators are particularly interested in how organisms use physiological and behavioral trade-offs to balance energy, water and thermal needs.
His team also studies parental care by investigating how maternal changes in behavior and physiology influence the developmental environment, offspring quality and fitness. They predominantly use reptiles as study organisms.
- 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
Hutton, P., C. D. Wright, D. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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 )