Ducks Unlimited Canada
Institute for Wetland & Waterfowl Research
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Stonewall, Manitoba, Canada
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Dale Wrubleski, Ph.D. (Retired – 2021)

Research Scientist

Conducted research to help influence future wetland habitat restoration efforts.


Dale Wrubleski joined IWWR in 1999. His interests in wetland ecology, particularly with aquatic invertebrates and fish, led Dale to investigate how human activities and invasive species influence marshes, in addition to researching how wetland organismslike fishinteract with wetlands. Dale oversaw a multi-partner project called Restoring the Tradition at Delta Marsh. The goal of this wetland restoration project is to restore one of the largest freshwater coastal wetlands in North America. This is a complex project, looking at water quality and quantity, aquatic plant life, waterbirds, waterfowl and fisheries associated with the marsh.


  • Ph.D., Entomology, University of Alberta
  • M.Sc., Entomology, University of Manitoba
  • B.Sc., University of Regina

Dale’s Publications (organized by year)

Bortolotti, L.E., R.B. Emery, P.D. Kowal, L.M. Armstrong, V.B. Harriman, H.V. Singer, M.J. Anteau, F.B. Baldwin, C. Meuckon, and D.A. Wrubleski. 2023. Migrating ducks and submersed aquatic vegetation respond positively after invasive common carp (Cyprinus carpio) exclusion from a freshwater coastal marsh. Wetlands 43:25.

Wasko, J.D., T.P. McGonigle, L.G. Goldsborough, D.A. Wrubleski, P.H. Badiou, and L.M. Armstrong. 2022. Use of shoot dimensions and microscopic analysis of leaves to distinguish Typha latifolia, Typha angustifolia, and their invasive hybrid Typha xglauca. Wetlands Ecology and Management 30:19-33.

Jeffrey, J.D., H. Carlson, D. Wrubleski, E. Enders, J. Treberg, and K.M. Jeffries. 2020. Applying a gene-suite approach to examine the physiological status of wild-caught walleye (Sander vitreus). Conservation Physiology 8:coaa099.

Caskenette, A., E.C. Enders, D. Watkinson, and D. Wrubleski. 2018. Partial exclusion of spawning Cyprinus carpio to improve coastal marsh habitat may come at the cost of increased carp population growth. Ecological Modelling 385: 58-64.

Wrubleski, D., P. Badiou, and G. Goldsborough. 2018. Coastal wetlands of Manitoba’s Great Lakes (Canada). Pages 591-604 in C.M. Finlayson, G.R. Milton, R.C. Prentice, and N.C. Davidson, editors. The wetland book volume II. Distribution, description and conservation, Springer, New York, New York, USA.

Zimmer, K.D., M.A. Hanson, and D.A. Wrubleski. 2016. Invertebrates in permanent wetlands (Long-hydroperiod marshes and shallow lakes). Pages 251-286 in D. Batzer and D. Boix, editors. Invertebrates in freshwater wetlands: An international perspective on their ecology. Springer, New York, New York, USA.

Baschuk, M.S., M.D. Ervin, W.R. Clark, L.M. Armstrong, D.A. Wrubleski, and G.L. Goldsborough. 2012. Using satellite imagery to assess macrophyte response to water-level manipulations in the Saskatchewan River delta, Manitoba. Wetlands 32:1091-1102.

Baschuk, M.S., N. Koper, D.A. Wrubleski, and G. Goldsborough. 2012. Effects of water depth, cover, and food resources on habitat use of marsh birds and waterfowl in boreal wetlands of Manitoba, Canada. Waterbirds 35:44-55.

Watchorn, K.E., L.G. Goldsborough, D.A. Wrubleski, and B.G. Mooney. 2012. A hydrogeomorphic inventory of coastal wetlands of the Manitoba great lakes: Lakes Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Winnipegosis. Journal of Great Lakes Research 38:115-122.

Badiou, P., L.G. Goldsborough, and D. Wrubleski. 2011. Impacts of common carp (Cyprinus carpio) on freshwater ecosystems: a review. Pages 121-146 in J.D. Sanders and S.B. Peterson, editors. Carp: habitat, management and diseases. Nova Science Publishers, New York, New York, USA.

Wrubleski, D.A. and L.C.M. Ross. 2011. Aquatic invertebrates of prairie wetlands: community composition, ecological roles, and impacts of agriculture. Pages 91-116 in K.D. Floate, editors. Arthropods of Canadian Grasslands. Volume 2. Biological Survey of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Wrubleski, D.A. 2005. Chironomidae (Diptera) responses to the experimental flooding of prairie marshes. Wetlands 25:200-209.

Grosshans, R.E., D.A. Wrubleski, and L.G. Goldsborough. 2004. Changes in the emergent plant community of Netley-Libau Marsh between 1979 and 2001. Delta Marsh field station occasional publication 4. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Murkin, H.R., A.G. van der Valk, W.R. Clark, L.G. Goldsborough, D.A. Wrubleski, and J.A. Kadlec. 2000. Marsh Ecology Research Program: management implications for prairie wetlands. Pages 317-344 in H.R. Murkin, A.G. van der Valk, and W.R Clark, (eds.). Prairie wetland ecology: the contribution of the marsh ecology research program. Iowa State University Press, Ames, USA.

Euliss, Jr., N.H., D.A. Wrubleski, and D.M. Mushet. 1999. Wetlands of the prairie pothole region: invertebrate species composition, ecology, and management. Pages 471-514 in D.P. Batzer, R.B. Rader, and S.A. Wissinger, (eds.). Invertebrates in freshwater wetlands of North America: ecology and management. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA.

Wrubleski, D.A. 1999. Northern prairie marshes (Delta Marsh, Manitoba). II. Chironomidae (Diptera) responses to changing plant communities in newly flooded habitats. Pages 571-601 in D.P. Batzer, R.B. Rader, and S.A. Wissinger, (eds.). Invertebrates in freshwater wetlands of North America: ecology and management. John Wiley & Sons, New York, USA.

King, R.S., and D.A. Wrubleski. 1998. Spatial and diel availability of flying insects as potential duckling food in prairie wetlands. Wetlands 18:100-114.

Wrubleski, D.A., H.R. Murkin, A.G. van der Valk, and C.B. Davis. 1997. Decomposition of litter of three mudflat annual species in a northern prairie marsh during drawdown. Plant Ecology 129:141-148.

Wrubleski, D.A., H.R. Murkin, A.G. van der Valk, and J.W. Nelson. 1997. Decomposition of emergent macrophyte roots and rhizomes in a northern prairie marsh. Aquatic Botany 58:121-134.

Wrubleski, D.A. 1996. Chironomidae (Diptera) of the Woodworth study area, North Dakota. Proceedings of the North Dakota Academy of Sciences 50:115-118.

Murkin, H.R., D.A. Wrubleski, and F.A. Reid. 1994. Sampling invertebrates in wildlife research and management studies. Pages 349-369 in T.A. Bookhout, (ed.). Research and management techniques for wildlife and habitats. 5th ed. The Wildlife Society, Bethesda, USA.

Wrubleski, D.A. and D.M. Rosenberg. 1990. The Chironomidae (Diptera) of Bone Pile Pond, Delta Marsh, Manitoba, Canada. Wetlands 10:243-275.

Peterson, L.P, H.R. Murkin, and D.A. Wrubleski. 1989. Avian predation of benthic macroinvertebrates during fall drawdown of a northern prairie marsh. Pages 681-689 in R.R. Sharitz and J.W. Gibbons, (eds.). Freshwater Wetlands and Wildlife. Conference-8603101, DOE symposium series 61. USDOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Oak Ridge, USA.

Wrubleski, D.A. 1989. The effect of waterfowl feeding on a chironomid (Diptera: Chironomidae) community. Pages 691-696 in R.R. Sharitz and J.W. Gibbons (eds.). Freshwater wetlands and wildlife. conference-8603101, DOE symposium series 61. USDOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information, Oak Ridge, USA.

Wrubleski, D.A. and L.C.M. Ross. 1989. Diel periodicities of adult emergence of Chironomidae and Trichoptera from the Delta Marsh, Manitoba, Canada. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 5:163-169.

Murkin, H.R. and D.A. Wrubleski. 1988. Aquatic invertebrates of freshwater wetlands: function and ecology. Pages 239-249 in D.D. Hook (ed.). The ecology and management of wetlands. Croom Helm, London, UK.

Tome, M.W. and D.A. Wrubleski. 1988. Underwater foraging behavior of canvasbacks, lesser scaups, and ruddy ducks. Condor 90:168-172.

Wrubleski, D.A. 1987. Chironomidae (Diptera) of peatlands and marshes in Canada. Pages 141-161 in D.M. Rosenberg and H.V. Danks, (eds.). Aquatic insects of peatlands and marshes in Canada. Memoirs of the Entomological Society of Canada 140.

Wrubleski, D.A. and S.S. Roback. 1987. Two species of procladius (Diptera: Chironomidae) from a northern prairie marsh: descriptions, phenologies and mating behaviour. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 6:198-212.

Wrubleski, D.A. and D.M. Rosenberg. 1984. Overestimates of Chironomidae (Diptera) abundances from emergence traps with polystyrene floats. American Midland Naturalist 111:195-197.

Wrubleski, D.A. 1991. Chironomidae (Diptera) community development following experimental manipulation of water levels and aquatic vegetation. Dissertation, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Wrubleski, D.A. 1984. Species composition, emergence phenologies, and relative abundances of Chironomidae (Diptera) from the Delta Marsh, Manitoba, Canada. Thesis, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.