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Biology Faculty and Staff - Scott Grubbs

Scott Grubbs, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Scott Grubbs, Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh


Office:  TCCW 334
Phone:  270-745-6262


BIOL 122 - Biological Concepts: Evolution, Diversity & Ecology

BIOL 224 - Animal Biology & Diversity

BIOL 405 - Aquatic Insect Diversity

BIOL 497 - Aquatic Field Ecology

BIOL 505 - Aquatic Insect Ecology


Current research in my lab focuses mainly on two themes: (a) food web and nutrient dynamics of karst riverine watershed and (b) systematics and biogeography of stoneflies (order Plecoptera).


Ph.D. - 1998, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Biological Sciences
B.S. - 1990, Central Michigan University, Department of Biology

Recent Publications

Grubbs, S.A., B.C. Kondratieff, B.P. Stark, and R.E. DeWalt. A review of Zealeuctra Ricker (Plecoptera: Leuctridae) with the description of a new species from the Cumberland Plateau region of eastern North America (ZooKeys – accepted)

Grubbs, S.A., M. Pessino, and R.E. DeWalt. 2013. Distribution patterns of Ohio stoneflies, with an emphasis on rare and uncommon species. Journal of Insect Science 13.72. Available online:

Grubbs, S.A. 2012. An amended redescription of the male of Perlesta etnieri (Plecoptera: Perlidae) plus new Perlesta state records. Illiesia 8: 111–113. Available online:

Grubbs, S.A. and R.E. DeWalt. 2012. Perlesta ephelida (Plecoptera: Perlidae), a new eastern Nearctic stonefly species. ZooKeys 194: 1–15. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.194.2972

Grubbs, S.A., M. Pessino, and R.E. DeWalt. 2012. Michigan Plecoptera (Stoneflies): distribution patterns and an updated state species list. Illiesia 8: 162–173. Available online:

DeWalt, R.E., Y. Cao, S.A. Grubbs, L. Hinz, T. Tweddale, J.L. Robinson, and M. Pessino. 2012. Modeling presettlement range of stoneflies in Midwest, U.S.A. and Canada. Perla 30: 15–22. Available online:

DeWalt, R.E., Y. Cao, T. Tweddale, S.A. Grubbs, L. Hinz, and M. Pessino. 2012. Ohio USA stoneflies (Insecta: Plecoptera): species richness estimation, distribution of functional niche traits, drainage affiliations, and relationship to other state faunas. ZooKeys 178: 1–26. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.178.2616

Penick, M.D., S.A. Grubbs and A.J. Meier. 2012. Algal biomass accrual in relation to nutrient availability and limitation along a longitudinal gradient of a riverine system. International Aquatic Research 4:20. doi: 10.1186/2008-6970-4-20

Grubbs, S. A. 2011. A review of stonefly (Insecta; Plecoptera) taxonomic research in Alabama, with new state records and an updated checklist. Illiesia 7: 24–30.

Grubbs, S. A. 2011. Influence of flow permanence on headwater macroinvertebrate communities in a Cumberland Plateau watershed, USA. Aquatic Ecology 45: 185–195.

Grubbs, S. A. and R. E. DeWalt. 2011. Perlesta ouabache n. sp. (Plecoptera: Perlidae), a new species of stonefly from Indiana, U.S.A. Aquatic Insects 33: 75–79.

DeWalt, R. E. and S.A. Grubbs. 2011. Updates to the stonefly fauna of Illinois and Indiana. Illiesia 7: 31-50

Grubbs, S. A. 2010. Leuctra usdi n. sp., a new stonefly (Plecoptera: Leuctridae) of the L. tenuis (Pictet) species group from the southeastern U.S.A. plus three new Alabama state records. Zootaxa 2498: 59–64.

Grubbs, S. A. and S. W. Szczytko. 2010. A new species of eastern Nearctic Isoperla from Alabama and Mississippi, U.S.A. (Plecoptera: Perlodidae; Isoperlinae). Illiesia 6: 241–247.

Grubbs, S. A., O. D. Meier, and A. J. Meier. 2010. Assessing the influence of watershed-and reach-scale environmental variables on the speciose darter (Percidae: Etheostoma, Percina) assemblage of a central Kentucky (U.S.A.) landscape. Verhandlungen Internationale Vereinigung für theoretische und angewandte Limnologie 30 (10): 1482–1486.

Ngulo, E. and S. A. Grubbs. 2010. Relationships between crayfish abundance patterns and environmental variables across two spatial scales in a central Kentucky river basin, USA. Journal of Freshwater Ecology 26: 285–295.

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