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Welcome to the Rooney Lab

The focus of our lab is on aquatic ecology, restoration ecology, and landscape ecology.  We look at the relationships between plants, invertebrates, and birds with their abiotic environment; both in terms of ecosystem properties and processes.  In particular, we focus on the response of these biotic communities and their environmental correlates to human disturbance. 

We are recruiting talented, bright, hard-working, self-motivated students with solid communication skills.  If this describes you and you are interested in the type of research questions we address, please look at our Biology Department program requirements and contact Dr. Rooney: rrooney(at)uwaterloo.ca
Conceptual model of Rooney Lab Work

  1. Aug. 7, 2019Op-Ed by Drs. Rooney and Schindler calls for Indigenous partnership in conservation
    spider in a wetland

    Dr. Rooney worked with Dr. David Schindler to co-author this opinion piece in the Edmonton Journal, calling on the government to work with Indigenous partners to meet our conservation targets and protect biodiversity in Canada.  Read more here.

  2. July 23, 2018U Waterloo hiring Tenure Track Faculty in Aquatic AND Terrestrial Ecology (and Virology!)

    Interested in joining the productive and collaborative faculty at the University of Waterloo?  We are hiring three tenure-track positions this year in Biology alone.  One is in terrestrial ecology, another in aquatic ecology, and a third in environmental virology! Check out the ads for Biology Department Faculty positions here:g.co/kgs/MxYRNE  

  3. Apr. 25, 2018Recent paper by Ian Evans profiled by the Water Institute

    We're excited to share a review of one of our recent papers, led by former Robinson Lab graduate Ian Evans.  This profile in the Water Institute's second issue gives a great overview of the study and our conclusions.  Check it out here.  Congratulations Ian!

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Meet our people

Heather standing in a wetland looking at birds.

Heather Polowyk

MSc. Student

I attended the University of Victoria and obtained a double major undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Geography. Additionally, I received a post-graduate certificate from Niagara College in Ecosystem Restoration. I have previously worked for a non-profit organization as a Forest Species at Risk Researcher.