Emily M. Rubidge

Research Scientist

Lead scientist of the Seascape Ecology and Conservation program.  We work on systematic conservation planning, the effects of seacape patterns on ecological processes, biodiversity monitoring and protected area effctiveness.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

My research interests centre on increasing our understanding of species’ responses to global change and the effectiveness of conservation tools to mitigate impacts. Current projects are focussed on ecosystem-based approaches to management including ecological risk assessments, ecological monitoring and systematic conservation planning. My group is currently focused on projects related to the ongoing Marine Protected Area (MPA) network process in BC and includes developing methods for identifying and mapping areas of high species diversity, species-environment modeling to  better understand marine species’ distributions, habitat mapping and ecological classification systems, seascape connectivity, the identification of Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas and MPA network site selection analyses. 

Education and awards

PhD,  Environmental Science, Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley

MSc, Zoology, University of British Columbia

BSc, Biology, University of Victoria

Key publications

Rubidge, E, K.S.P. Gale and J.M.R. Curtis. 2016. Community ecological modelling as an alternative to physiographic classifications for marine conservation planning. Biodiversity and Conservation. 25 (10): 1899-1920.

Martone, R., C. Robb, K.S.P. Gale, A. Frid, C. McDougall, and E. Rubidge. In review. Design Strategies for the Northern Shelf Bioregional Marine Protected Area Network. DFO Canadian Science Advice Secretariat Research Document

Rubidge, E., S. Jeffrey, E. Gregr, K. Gale, and A. Frid. In revision. Assessment of nearshore features in the Northern Shelf Bioregion against criteria for determining Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs). DFO Canadian Science Advice Secretariat Research Document 2018/nn xi + 63p

Rubidge, E., Nephin, J, Gale, K.S.P., & Curtis, J. 2018.  Reassessment of the Ecologically and Biologically Significant Areas (EBSAs) in the Pacific Northern Shelf Bioregion. DFO Canadian Science Advice Secretariat Research Document 2018/nnn. x + 96 p.

Gale K.S.P., A. Frid, L. Lee, J-B McCarthy, C. Robb, E. Rubidge, J. Steele and J.M.R. Curtis. 2018. A framework for identification of ecological conservation priorities for marine protected area network design and its application in the Northern Shelf Bioregion. DFO Canadian Science Advice Secretariat Research Document 2017/nn xi + 106p

Rubidge, E., Thornborough, K., O, M. 2018.  Ecological Risk Assessment for the Effects of Human Activities on the SGaan Kinghlas-Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area. DFO Can. Sci. Advis. Sec. Res. Doc. 2018/012. viii + 98 p.

Rubidge, E., K.S.P. Gale, J.M.R. Curtis, E. McClelland, L. Feyrer, K. Bodtker, C. Robb. 2016. Methodology of the Pacific Marine Ecological Classification System and its application to the Northern and Southern Shelf Bioregions. DFO Canadian Science Advice Secretariat Research Document 2016/035. xi + 124p.