Dr. Theresa Grove

Theresa GroveEducation

Ph.D. Marine Biology, 2002
University of Maine
Orono, ME

M.S. Zoology, 1998
University of Maine
Orono, ME

B.A. Biology and Anthropology, 1995
Washington University
St. Louis, MO


Unifying Principles of Biology (Biol 2010)
Animal Physiology (Biol 3450)
Invertebrate Zoology (Biol 3800)

Gobionotothen gibberifrons

Research Interests

My research goal is to increase our understanding of the mechanisms responsible for environmental adaptation of fishes to their surrounding environments.  By using an integrative approach, information obtained at the cellular, protein, and genomic levels enables me to identify how temperature may direct or influence adaptation of poikilothermic organisms to different thermal regimes.  I am most interested in identifying adaptive changes in cardiac and skeletal muscles that fine-tune an organism’s physiology, thus enabling them to be successful in an environment that may be inhospitable to other organisms.  Currently, the two systems I study are the cold stenothermal notothenioids found in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, and temperate killifish (Fundulus sp.) that live in diverse habitats along the eastern coasts of North America.


Grove, T.J., L.A. McFadden, P.B. Chase and T.S. Moerland. (2005) Effects of temperature, ionic strength and pH on the function of myosin from a eurythermal fish, Fundulus heteroclitus. Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Molity.  26: 191-197.

Grove, T.J., K.A. Puckett, N.M. Brunet, G. Mihajlovic, L.A. McFadden, P. Xiong, S. von Molnar, T.S. Moerland and P.B. Chase. (2005) Packaging actomyosin-based biomolecular motor-driven devices for nano-actuator applications.  IEEE Transactions on Advanced Packaging. 28: 556-563.

Grove, T.J. and T.S. Moerland. (2005) Sequencing and over expression of troponin C, troponin T and troponin I from cardiac muscle of a eurythermal teleost Fundulus heteroclitus.FASEB Journal. 19: A559 (abstract)

Grove, T.J. and B.D. Sidell.  (2004) Fatty acyl CoA synthetase from Antarctic notothenioid fishes may influence substrate specificity of fat oxidation.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B.  139: 53-63.

Grove, T.J., J.W. Hendrickson and B.D. Sidell.  (2004) Two species of Antarctic icefishes (genus Champsocephalus) share a common genetic lesion leading to the loss of myoglobin expression.  Polar Biology.  27: 579-585. 

Grove, T.J. and B.D. Sidell.  (2002) Myoglobin deficiency in the hearts of phylogenetically diverse temperate-zone fish species.  Canadian Journal of Zoology. 80: 893-901.