Michael Rubbo

Michael Rubbo

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

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.

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?
Rubbo, M., Belden, L. K., Storrs-Mendez, S. I., Cole, J. J. & Kiesecker, J. M. (2012). Aquatic sciences. Vol 74 (Issue 3) , pages 397–404.

The Influence of Amphibians on Mosquitoes in Seasonal Pools: Can Wetlands Protection Help to Minimize Disease Risk?
Rubbo, M., Lanterman, J. L., Falco, R. C. & Daniels, T. J. (2011). Wetlands. Vol 31 (Issue 4) , pages 799–804.

Differential responses of aquatic consumers to variations in leaf-litter inputs
Rubbo, M., Belden, L. K. & Kiesecker, J. M. (2008). Hydrobiologia. Vol 605 (Issue 1) , pages 37–44.

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

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

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