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Dr. Allen Rutberg

Director, Research Associate Professor
Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy

Dr. Allen Rutberg is Director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy (CAPP) and research associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. Trained as a behavioral ecologist, he earned his Ph.D. in zoology at the University of Washington, Seattle, in 1984, and carried out a series of field studies on behavior and reproduction in American bison and wild horses. After seven years of teaching undergraduate biology at Vassar College and elsewhere, Dr. Rutberg joined The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) as senior scientist for wildlife and habitat protection, where he served from 1991 to 2000. While at The HSUS, he acted as a public advocate for the protection of wild horses, endangered species, and urban wildlife, especially white-tailed deer, and served a two-year term on the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board (1998-2000). At HSUS he also initiated field studies of immunocontraceptive vaccines for the non-lethal control of deer and wild horse populations, which he has continued at since joining the Cummings School faculty in 2000. He is the author or co-author of two dozen papers and book chapters on the use of immunocontraception in deer and wild horse populations, and edited the 2005 book, Humane Wildlife Solutions: the role of immunocontraception, published by HSUS Press. As director of CAPP’s M.S. degree program in Animals and Public Policy, Dr. Rutberg nurtures and guides student research projects related to human-wildlife relationships. Student projects have broadened into research collaborations focusing on how wild horses removed from the range successfully transition from their wild state, and how perceptions of deer and deer management are affected by exposure to or participation in deer immunocontraception projects.


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