Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences

Contact Information


  • Comparative Anatomy
  • General Physiology
  • Sophomore Research Experience
  • Biology Seminar


  • Energy, water, and thermal relations of reptiles and amphibians
  • Flow-through respirometry
  • Ecoimmunology


  • BS, The College of New Jersey
  • PhD, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Academic Profile

Dr. Agugliaro joined FDU in Fall 2011, after completing his dissertation on the ecophysiology of hibernation in Arkansas Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus). Much of Dr. Agugliaro’s current research broadly examines how changes in physiological state (e.g., those induced by seasonal acclimation, disease, or reproduction) influence patterns of energy expenditure in snakes. Undergraduate research students in the Agugliaro lab at FDU have participated in ongoing research projects measuring the effects of laboratory hibernation on resting metabolism, activity metabolism, locomotor performance, and immune function in Rubber Boas (Charina bottae). More recently, Dr. Agugliaro has been collaborating with a research team investigating the physiological consequences of infection by an emerging fungal pathogen (Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, the causative agent of snake fungal disease) in a winter-active snake (Sistrurus miliarius) in central Florida.

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