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Allen T Rutberg

Allen T Rutberg
Research Associate Professor
Fertility Control for Wildlife, Urban Wildlife Conflict

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  • Ph.D. - University of Washington - 1984
  • A.B. - Harvard College - 1976
  1. Carey, K.A., Ortiz, A., Grams, K., Elkins, D., Turner, J.W., Rutberg, A.T. 2019. Efficacy of dart-delivered PZP-22 immunocontraceptive vaccine in wild horses (Equus caballus) in baited traps in New Mexico, USA. Wildlife Research.
  2. Koncel, M.A., Rutberg, A.T. 2018. Knowledge, tradition, and community predict success for BLM wild horse adoptions in Colorado and Texas. Society and Animals.
  3. Jackman, J., Bettencourt, L., Vaske, J., Sweeney, M., Bloom, K., Rutberg, A., Brook, B. 2018. Conflict and consensus in stakeholder views of seal management on Nantucket Island, MA, USA. Marine Policy.
  4. Memmott, K., Murray, M., Rutberg, A. 2017. Use of anticoagulant rodenticides by pest management professionals in Massachusetts, USA. Ecotoxicology.
  5. Rutberg, A., Grams, K., Turner, J.W., Hopkins, H. 2017. Contraceptive efficacy of priming and boosting doses of controlled-release PZP in wild horses. Wildlife Research.
  6. Jackman, J.L., Rutberg, A.T. 2015. Shifts in Attitudes Toward Coyotes on the Urbanized East Coast: The Cape Cod Experience, 2005–2012. Human Dimensions of Wildlife.
  7. Rutberg, A.T. 2013. Managing wildlife with contraception: Why is it taking so long?. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  8. Turner Jr., J.W., Rutberg, A.T. 2013. From the pens to the field: Real-world wildlife contraception. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  9. Rutberg, A.T., Naugle, R.E., Verret, F. 2013. Single-treatment porcine zona pellucida immunocontraception associated with reduction of a population of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus Virginianus). Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.
  10. Rutberg, A.T., Naugle, R.E., Turner, J.W., Fraker, M.A., Flanagan, D.R. 2013. Field testing of single-administration porcine zona pellucida contraceptive vaccines in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Wildlife Research.
  11. Koncel, M.A., Rutberg, A.T. 2012. Catching the Spirit: A Study of Bureau of Land Management Wild Horse Adopters in New England. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  12. Rutberg, A.T., Naugle, R.E. 2008. Population-level effects of immunocontraception in white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Wildlife Research.
  13. Turner Jr., J.W., Rutberg, A.T., Naugle, R.E., Kaur, M.A., Flanagan, D.R., Bertschinger, H.J., Liu, I.K.M. 2008. Controlled-release components of PZP contraceptive vaccine extend duration of infertility. Wildlife Research.
  14. Turner Jr., J.W., Liu, I.K.M., Flanagan, D.R., Rutberg, A.T., Kirkpatrick, J.F. 2007. Immunocontraception in wild horses: One inoculation provides two years of infertility. Journal of Wildlife Management.
  15. Rutberg, A.T., Naugle, R.E., Thiele, L.A., Liu, I.K.M. 2004. Effects of immunocontraception on a suburban population of white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus. Biological Conservation.
  16. Walter, W.D., Pekins, P.J., Rutberg, A.T., Kilpatrick, H.J. 2002. Evaluation of immunocontraceptive adjuvants, titers, and fecal pregnancy indicators in free-ranging white-tailed deer. Wildlife Society Bulletin.
  17. Grandy, J.W., Rutberg, A.T. 2002. Humane values as a basis for ecosystem health. Managing for Healthy Ecosystems.
  18. Grandy, J.W., Rutberg, A.T. 2002. An animal welfare view of wildlife contraception.. Reproduction (Cambridge, England) Supplement.
  19. Walter, W.D., Perkins, P.J., Rutberg, A.T., Kilpatrick, H.J. 2002. Evaluation of immunocontraception in a free-ranging suburban white-tailed deer herd. Wildlife Society Bulletin.
  20. Naugle, R.E., Rutberg, A.T., Underwood, H.B., Turner Jr., J.W., Liu, I.K. 2002. Field testing of immunocontraception on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) on Fire Island National Seashore, New York, USA.. Reproduction (Cambridge, England) Supplement.

General Research Interests

  • Deer and wild horse immunocontraception
  • Suburban deer controversies and population management
  • Wild horse management
  • Ungulate social organization

Research Interests by Area

International, Wildlife and Conservation Medicine
  • Control of wild animal populations using immunocontraceptive vaccines
Neuroscience and Reproductive Biology
  • Advanced Reproductive Techniques and Population Control

    The regulation and control of reproduction in domestic and wild animals is a critical are of One Health, with outcomes impacting humans, animals and the environment. Optimizing methods and technologies that can improve reproductive outcomes and control population growth requires an in depth knowledge of species-specific reproductive physiology. Currently, advanced reproductive techniques (ART) research within the section includes studies investigating the regulation of the estrous cycle in small ruminants in an effort to better understand the hormonal physiology of superovulation and out of season breeding.  Previous studies have applied ART to the production of transgenic and cloned small ruminants. With regard to population control, recent work involves a project aimed at developing novel therapeutics for controlling populations of feral cats and dogs. In addition, two ongoing projects within the section are aimed at assessing and implementing population control of wild horses and white tailed deer. Learn more.