Madeleine Rubenstein

Madeleine Rubenstein is a Biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Climate Adaptation Science Center. Her research examines how climate change affects migratory birds, with an emphasis on understanding and responding to the information needs of wildlife and habitat managers.


Madeleine earned a B.A. from Barnard College and a Master of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Prior to graduate school, she was the Research Coordinator with the Columbia Climate Center at the Earth Institute of Columbia University, and a research intern with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. In addition to studying the ecological impacts of global environmental change, Madeleine has also worked on issues of international sustainable development with the Frankfurt Zoological Society and the Women’s Environment and Development Organization.  



Rubenstein, M., & Glennon, M. 2015. Phenological asynchrony in populations of migratory birds as a consequence of climate change: a literature review. Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Program Technical Paper #6.

Villarreal, D., de Obeso, J-C., Rubenstein, M., Carr, M-E. 2014. “A New Tool to Quantify Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Use and the Impact of Energy Policies.” Journal of Greenhouse Gas Management and Measurement.

Carr, M-E., Rubenstein, M., Graff, A., Villarreal, D. 2013. “Sea Level Rise in a Changing Climate: What Do We Know?” Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate. Eds. Michael B. Gerrard and Gregory E. Wannier. Cambridge University Press.

Carr, M-E., & Rubenstein, M., 2011. “Challenges to Authority: Understanding Critiques of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.” Union Theological Seminary Quarterly Review, Vol. 63: 1&2.