Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
B.S. Villanova University 1997
M.S. Drexel University 2003
Ph.D. Drexel University 2007
Office: Science Village Admin., room 132
Phone: (407) 646-2452
My teaching interests include all biological sciences with a specific focus on the marine systems and conservation/biodiversity. My general research interests include the physiological ecology and spatial ecology of marine organisms. More specifically, I am interested in the behavior and space use of fish in marine ecosystems and the tradeoffs they face during their daily activities. The major questions that drive my research include: what biotic and abiotic factors influence the movements and behavior of sharks; how do sharks utilize nursery habitat; and what are the tradeoffs these animals experience based on local conditions within their nursery areas. I also have an interest in the ecology of reptiles and have conducted research on snakes in New Jersey, desert tortoises in California, and leatherback turtles in Costa Rica.
Guttridge T.L., S.H. Gruber, B.R. Franks, S.T. Kessel, K.S. Gledhill, J. Uphill, J. Krause, and D.W. Sims. 2011. Deep danger: Intra-specific predation risk influences habitat use and aggregation formation of juvenile lemon sharks, Negaprion brevirostris. Marine Ecology Progress Series. In Review.