Skip to main content

Shelli Dubay, Ph.D.

Professor and Discipline Coordinator

Contact Information
Phone: (715) 346-4178
Office: TNR 325


Shelli Dubay is a professor of Wildlife in the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. Shelli instructs courses in Wildlife Techniques, Captive Wildlife Management, and Wildlife Diseases. In addition, Shelli is active in the Wildlife Disease Association. Shelli has experience with state wildlife agencies including the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.


 Ph.D. Zoology & Physiology, University of Wyoming, Department of Zoology and Physiology, Laramie, WY, August.

 M.S. Pathobiology, University of Wyoming, Department of Veterinary Science, Laramie, WY, December.

 B.A. Environmental Science, State University of New York, College at Purchase, Purchase NY. 

Courses Taught

 •  Wildlife 350/550: Wildlife Management Techniques
 •  Wildlife 321: Principles of Captive Wildlife Management
 •  Wildlife 322: Techniques of Captive Wildlife Management
 •  Wildlife 355/555: Wildlife Diseases
 •  Natural Resources 250: Introduction to Fisheries, Forestry, and Wildlife Resources 


Shelli is a wildlife ecologist interested in disease epizootiology and physiological ecology. Shelli has always been fascinated by mortality and diseases in free-ranging wildlife, and a great deal of basic knowledge remains to be uncovered in the disease realm. It is imperative to determine disease exposure of free-ranging wildlife in order to understand mechanisms influencing population dynamics. Disease exposure and mortality are of special concern for imperiled species.   

Current and previous graduate student research

  • Lindsey McKinney - Conservation challenges associated with managing whooping cranes and sandhill cranes in Wisconsin 
  • Ryan Stephens - Small mammal populations in relation to State Natural Areas in Wisconsin 
  • Amanda Kamps (Cyr) - Seroprevalence of canine distemper and parvoviruses in coyotes and raccoons 
  • Janet Brehm (King) - Nest-site selection and parasitism in red-shouldered hawks 
  • Trina Weiland - Meningeal worm and liver fluke infection in a reintroduced elk herd 

Selected current and previous undergraduate student research

  • Brittany Ruttenberg and Jenni Paulus - Impact of waterfowl dropping density on E. coli in city parks 
  • Nigel Golden and Bryant Kern - Seroprevalence of selected livestock pathogens in white-tailed deer 
  • Matt Buchholz, Luke Haen, Phil Borsdorf, and Robert Lisiecki - Nematode parasites in ermine in Wisconsin 
  • Katherine Moratz and Kristina Borgstrom - Habitat use of gray squirrels in relation to stand age in Sandhill Wildlife Area 
  • Amanda Samson - Infection rate of Baylisascarius procyonis in rural and urban raccoons 
  • Leah McSherry, Jenni Anton, and Molly O'Grady - Nest box use by southern flying squirrels in relation to habitat characteristics

Select publications

*Dubay, S. A., N. Golden, C. Jacques, B. Kern, T. VanDeelen, and D. Patnayak. (In preparation). Seroprevalence of selected livestock pathogens in white-tailed deer

*Dubay, S. A.,  M. Buchholz, T. Huspeni, R. Lisiecki, T. Ginnett, L. Haen, and P. Borsdorf. (In review). Prevalence and intensity of nematode parasites in ermine in Wisconsin. Journal of Parasitology.

Cyr, A., S. Dubay, J. Langenberg, and R. Maes. (In revision). Efficacy of Nobuto strips for distemper and parvovirus serosurveillance in coyotes (Canis latrans) and raccoons (Procyon lotor) in southern Wisconsin (USA). Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

*Samson, A. S. Dubay, T. Huspeni, and A. Cyr. 2012. Influence of environmental variables on Baylisascaris procyonis infection in raccoons. Journal of Parasitology 98: 1279-1282.

King, J. A., S. A. Dubay, and J. Woodford. 2011. Distribution and nest site selection of red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus) in forests of northeastern Wisconsin (USA). Forest Ecology and Management 261: 169 - 177.

King, J. A., S. A. Dubay, T. C. Huspeni, A. R. VanLanen, and R. W. Gerhold. 2010. Parasite infections in nestling red-shouldered hawks (Buteo lineatus) in northeast Wisconsin, USA.  Journal of Parasitology 96: 525-530.

Dubay, S. A., G. D. Hayward, and C.Martínez del Rio. 2008. Nutritional value and diet preference of arboreal lichens and hypogeous fungi by small mammals in the Rocky Mountains. Canadian Journal of Zoology 86: 851-862.

Bristow, K. D., S. A. Dubay, S.C. Cunningham, D.T. McDonald, J.L. Warren, W.H. Miller, and R. A. Ockenfels.  2006.  Effects of diet habits on pronghorn recruitment in Arizona.  Pronghorn Workshop 22: 83-95.

Dubay, S.A., T.H. Noon. J.C. deVos, Jr., and R.A. Ockenfels.  2006. Serologic survey for pathogens potentially affecting pronghorn (Antilocapra americana) fawn recruitment in Arizona.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42: 844-848.

Bristow, K. D., S. A. Dubay, and R. A. Ockenfels.  2006.  Correlation between free water availability and pronghorn recruitment in Arizona. Managing Wildlife in the Southwest 2006: 55-62.

Dubay, S. A., S. R. Rosenstock, D. E. Stallknecht, and J. C. deVos. 2006. Determining prevalence of bluetongue and epizootic hemorrhagic disease viruses in mule deer in Arizona (USA) using whole blood dried on paper strips compared to serum analyses. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 42: 38-44.

Dubay, S. A., B. Wakeling, T. Rogers, S. Boe, and M. Rabe. 2005. Using remote cameras for population estimation of Gould’s turkeys in southeastern Arizona. Proceedings of the National Wild Turkey Symposium 9: 45-50.

Yabsley, M. J., W. R. Davidson, D. E. Stallknecht, A. S. Varela, P. K. Swift, J. C. deVos, Jr., and S. A. Dubay.  2005.  Evidence of tick-borne organisms in mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) from the western United States.  Vector Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 5: 351-362.

Dubay, S. A., T. Rogers, and B. Wakeling. 2005. Morphologic characteristics of a transplanted population of Gould’s turkeys, with comparisons to Merriam's turkeys. Proceedings of the Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau 7: 227-234.

Cook, W., E. S. Williams, and S. A. Dubay. 2004. Disappearance of bovine fetuses in northwestern Wyoming. Wildlife Society Bulletin 32: 254-259.

*Pauli, J., S. A. Dubay, E. Anderson, and S. Taft. 2004. Strongyloides robustus and sympatric populations of Glaucomys volans and G. sabrinus in Wisconsin. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40: 579-582.

Dubay, S. A., J.C. deVos, Jr., T. H. Noon, and S. Boe. 2004. Epizootiology of hemorrhagic disease in mule deer in central Arizona. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 40: 119-124.

Dubay, S. A., H. Schwantje, J. deVos, Jr., and T. McKinney. 2002. Bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) diseases: a brief literature review and recommendations for translocation. Proceedings of the Biennial Symposium of the Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council 13: 134-152.

Dubay, S. A., E. S. Williams, K. Mills, and A. M. Boerger-Fields. 2000. Bacteria and nematodes found in conjunctiva of mule deer. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 36: 783-787.

*Flaherty, E. A., S. A. Dubay, J. Bradley, J. Marzluff, and G. D. Hayward. 2000. The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) as a potential predator of marbled murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) eggs. Northwest Science 74: 335-339.

Dubay, S. A., E. S. Williams, K. Mills, and A. M. Boerger-Fields. 2000. Association of  Moraxella ovis with keratoconjunctivitis in mule deer and moose in Wyoming. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 36: 241-247.

Orsted, K. M., S. A. Dubay, M. F. Raisbeck, R. S. Siemion, D. A. Sanchez, and E. S. Williams. 1998. Lack of relay toxicity in ferret hybrids fed carbaryl-treated prairie dogs. Journal of Wildlife Diseases 34: 362-364.

*Published with undergraduates

Website feedback
©1993- University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point