Assistant Director for MS in Conservation Medicine Program
Dr. Robbins is the Assistant Director for the Masters’ Program in Conservation Medicine, and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Infectious Disease and Global Health at the Cummings School. Dr. Robbins’ research interests focus on infectious wildlife diseases of conservation and public health importance, and control of wildlife disease in free-ranging populations. Emerging fungal diseases of humans, wildlife, and plants is an additional area of Dr. Robbins’ research interest. Dr. Robbins directed the Cape Cod Oral Rabies Control Program from 1992 to 2008, in which free-ranging raccoons in Massachusetts were vaccinated to prevent disease spread. In 2006 she was a visiting scholar in Queensland, Australia studying amphibian chytrid disease ecology and epidemiology. Since 2009 Dr. Robbins has worked on White Nose Syndrome in bats, developing diagnostic and treatment methods.
Dr. Robbins contributed to building the Conservation Medicine Masters’ Program beginning in 2010, and continues to develop interdisciplinary curriculum and teaching methods, direct and teach courses, and mentor the next generation of conservation medicine practitioners.
DVM, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts Univeristy , 1992
MS, Tufts University, 1989
BS, University of New Hampshire -, 1983
Zoonotic diseases of public health importance,
Wildlife diseases surveillance and epidemiology, especially rabies, amphibian chytridiomycosis, and white nose syndrome in bats,
Disease control methods in free-ranging populations
Robbins, A.H., B.S. Windmiller. Amphibian Chytridiomycosis: Epidemiologic and Conservation Parallels to White-nose Syndrome in Bats. Abstracts of the 2010 White-nose Syndrome Symposium, May 25-27, Pittsburgh, PA.
Hicks, A.C., J.C. Okoniewski, M.A. Ghannoum, A.H. Robbins, P.K. Mukherjee, R.I. von Linden, K.E. Langwig, D.A. Reeder, E.M. McGowan. Initial Tests of the Anti-fungal Agent Terbinafine on the Little Brown Bat (Myotis lucifugus) in WNS Infected Hibernacula. Abstracts of the 2010 White-nose Syndrome Symposium, May 25-27, Pittsburgh, PA.
Reeder, D.A., G. Turner, A.H. Robbins, H. Barton, M. Ghannoum, A. Hicks, E. Buckles, S. Brownlee, L. Grieneisen, S. Alfano. Mitigating White-nose Syndrome: Results of Captive Treatment Trials, Behavioral Observations, Microclimate Variation, and Explorations of Immune Response. Abstracts of the 2010 White-nose Syndrome Symposium, May 25-27, Pittsburgh, PA.
Robbins, A.H. Amphibian Chytridiomycosis. Abstracts of the 8TH American Society for Microbiology Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting, Baltimore, MD. February 21-24, 2010.
Robbins, A.H., M.D. Borden, B.S. Windmiller, M. Niezgoda, L.C. Marcus S.M. O’Brien, S. Kreindel, M. McGuill, A. DeMaria Jr., C. Rupprecht, S. Rowell. Prevention of the spread of rabies to wildlife by oral vaccination of raccoons in Massachusetts. Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 1998; 213:1407-1412.