Michael Rubbo

Michael Rubbo

Clinical Associate Professor
Dyson College of Arts and Sciences
Environmental Studies and Science

Michael Rubbo

Lower Level
Dyson Environmental House
| Office Hours: Wed, Fri 10:00am-1:00pm


Faculty Bio

I am a conservation biologist who specializes in the ecology of suburban ecosystems. My recent work has addressed a variety of issues including human-wildlife conflicts, disease ecology, and the adaptions of local wildlife to land development.


PhD, Pennsylvania State Univeristy, University Park, PA, 2004

MS, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2000

BS, SUNY - College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1995
Environmental Biology

Research and Creative Works

Research Interest

Wildlife conservation and management (specifically reptiles and amphibians), wetlands ecology, and disease ecology.

Grants, Sponsored Research and Contracts

Pocantico River Watershed Habitat Assessment
September 2016. Hudson River Estuary Program, Pace University. Funded.

Courses Taught

Past Courses

ENS 201: Fund. of Environmental Science
ENS 202: Fund. of Environmental Science
ENS 500: Fld Stdy Ntrl His and Cnsrvtn HV
ENS 520: Ecology of Freshwater Ecosyste
ENS 696: Tpc: Envrnmntl Project Design
ENS 792: Rsrch in Envrnmntl Sci I
ENS 793: Rsrch in Envrnmntl Sci II
ENV 274: Envrnmntl Educ. & Interpre.
ENV 288: Flora and Fauna: Hudson Valley
ENV 297: Field Schl in Natural History
ENV 344: Hbts of Hdsn Vlly ID & Assmnt
ENV 390: Internship In Enviro Studies
ENV 498: Mentoring Seminar
ENV 499: Senior Year Exp/Environmental
ESP 772: Thesis Preparation
ESP 794: Cntmprry Envrnmntl Issues: Cps

Publications and Presentations


Species loss in the brown world: are heterotrophic systems inherently stable?
(2012). Aquatic sciences. Vol 74 (Issue 3) , pages 397–404.

Ranavirus infection in die-offs of vernal pool amphibians in New York, USA
(2011). Herpetological Review. Vol 42 (Issue 1) , pages 76.

The Influence of Amphibians on Mosquitoes in Seasonal Pools: Can Wetlands Protection Help to Minimize Disease Risk?
(2011). Wetlands. Vol 31 (Issue 4) , pages 799–804.

Differential responses of aquatic consumers to variations in leaf-litter inputs
(2008). Hydrobiologia. Vol 605 (Issue 1) , pages 37–44.

Searching for the physiological mechanism of density dependence: does corticosterone regulate tadpole responses to density?
(2007). Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. Vol 80 (Issue 4) , pages 444–451.

Evaluating a predator–prey interaction in the field: the interaction between beetle larvae (predator) and tadpoles (prey)
(2006). Journal of Zoology. Vol 269 (Issue 1) , pages 1–5.

Terrestrial subsidies of organic carbon support net ecosystem production in temporary forest ponds: evidence from an ecosystem experiment
(2006). Ecosystems. Vol 9 (Issue 7) , pages 1170–1176.

The influence of multi-stage predation on population growth and the distribution of the pond-breeding salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum
(2006). Canadian journal of zoology. Vol 84 (Issue 3) , pages 449–458.

Amphibian breeding distribution in an urbanized landscape
(2005). Conservation biology. Vol 19 (Issue 2) , pages 504–511.

Amphibian Decline and Emerging Disease: What can sick frogs teach us about new and resurgent diseases in human populations and other species of wildlife?
(2004). American Scientist. Vol 92 (Issue 2) , pages 138–147.

Leaf litter composition and community structure: translating regional species changes into local dynamics
(2004). Ecology. Vol 85 (Issue 9) , pages 2519–2525.

An experimental assessment of invertebrate/vertebrate predation: the interaction between wolf spiders (Gladicosa pulchra) and terrestrial salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum)
(2003). Journal of Zoology. Vol 261 (Issue 1) , pages 1–5.

Intra-and interspecific characterizations of burrow use and defense by juvenile ambystomatid salamanders
(2002). Herpetologica. Vol 58 (Issue 4) , pages 422–429.

Interactions between juvenile ambystomatid salamanders in a laboratory experiment
(2001). Copeia. Vol 2001 (Issue 4) , pages 1017–1025.

The potential for invertebrate vertebrate intraguild predation: the predatory relationship between wolf spiders (Gladicosa pulchra) and ground skinks (Scincella lateralis)
(2001). Canadian journal of zoology. Vol 79 (Issue 8) , pages 1465–1471.