Ben Rubin, PhD
Forest ecology, landscape pathology, forest health monitoring, GIS, spatial statistics
My areas of teaching interest are ecology and statistics. Currently, I teach two ecological courses. In Environmental Biology students have the opportunity to learn the current state of the science concerning several major environmental issues. The course also focuses on scientific methods of gathering information and evidence about the relationship between humans and our environment. My field biology course takes place in mid May at the Huntington Wildlife Forest in the central Adirondacks. The students and I spend two weeks in the woods exploring the flora fauna and history of the region and practicing field sampling methods.
I also teach statistics courses for undergraduate (Research Hypothesis Testing) and graduate (Analytical Methods) students. Both courses are relatively small and personal. They offer students who have taken a basic introductory statistics course the chance to brush up on basics, extend their repertoire of statistical techniques, and practice data analysis and interpretation using R. In addition to teaching these courses I offer statistical counseling to researchers in the Biology Department including faculty, post-docs, graduate & undergraduate students.
Degrees and Institutions
- PhD - State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA – 2003
- MSc - State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA – 1999
- BSc – McGill University, Montreal, QC - 1994
- Biology 4259F – Research Hypothesis Testing
- Biology 9240A – Analytical Methods and Study Design in Biology
- Biology 2485B – Environmental Biology
- Biology 3220Z – OUPFB Field Course: Adirondack Forest Ecology
- Zhang, L., B. D. Rubin, and P. D. Manion. 2011. Chapter 2: Mortality: the essence of a healthy forest. Pages 17 - 49 iIn Castello, J. D. and S. A. Teale, Eds. Forest Health: An Integrative Perspective. Cambridge Univ. Press.
- Rubin, B. D. and D. W. MacFarlane. 2008. Using the space-time permutation scan statistic to map anomalous diameter distributions drawn from landscape-scale forest inventories. For. Sci. 54(5): 523 – 533.
- Rubin, B. D., P. D. Manion, and D. Faber-Langendoen. 2006. Diameter distributions and structural sustainability in forests. For. Ecol. & Manage. 222: 427-438.
- Houston, D. R., B. D. Rubin, M. J. Twery, and J. R. Steinman. 2005. Spatial and temporal development of beech bark disease in the northeastern United States. In C. A. Evans, J. A. Lucas, and M. J. Twery (eds). Proceedings of the Beech Bark Disease Symposium. Saranac Lake, NY. June 16- 18, 2004. USDA Forest Service Gen. Tech. Report NE-311 Newtown Square, PA.
- Rubin, B. D. and P. D. Manion. 2005. Characterizing regional forest health and sustainability from diameter distributions, baseline mortality and cumulative liabilities. In J. E. Lundquist, and R. C. Hamelin (eds.). Forest Pathology: From Genes to Landscapes. American Phytopathological Society Press. St. Paul, MN pp. 113-120.