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  • College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Rodolf Ruibal


Professor of Biology Emeritus
Office: 1364E Spieth Hall
Phone (951) 827-5929

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1955

Current research concerns the developmental biology of the frog Lepidobatrachus laevis.  Work has been done in collaboration with other researchers and has involved egg membrane studies as well as an attempt to create gonadal chimaeras between two species of frogs (Lepidobatrachus and Xenopus).  Prior research concerned the physiological ecology of desert anurans.  Studies were done on terrestrial ecology of various species and the physiological aspects of water loss.

Some Representative Publications....

  • McClanahan, L., R.  Ruibal and V.  Shoemaker.  1994.  Frogs and toads in deserts.  Scientific American 270:3:64-70. 
  • Carroll Jr.  E.  J., R.  Palmer and R.  Ruibal.  1992.  Structure and macromolecular composition of the jelly coasts of the urodele Amhystoma mexicanum.  Development, Growth, and Differentiation 34:489-496. 

Recent Teaching....

  • Biology 161B, Functional Morphology of the Vertebrates
  • Biology 110, Biology of Human Problems