Waterloo Wetland Laboratory

Welcome to the Waterloo Wetland Laboratory

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

The Waterloo Wetland Laboratory members acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of ‎ the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres on each side of the Grand River.

  1. Mar. 10, 2023WWL is Recruiting a Master's Student
    Job Posting

    The Waterloo Wetland Lab is looking to recruit a Master's Student for an upcoming project! If you are interested, please send a CV, your unofficial or official transcript, and a cover letter describing your research interests and highlighting any relevant courses or work experience to rebecca.rooney@uwaterloo.ca.

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  2. Mar. 6, 2023WWL is looking for Summer Wetland Technicians
    Job posting

    The Waterloo Wetland Lab is looking to hire Summer Wetland Technicians for the upcoming field season!

    If you are interested, please send your resume and cover letter describing why you're a good fit for the position to rebecca.rooney@uwaterloo.ca. Questions may also be directed to the same email address.

  3. Nov. 10, 2022Waterloo Wetland Lab leads wetland cleanup
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    On November 9, 2022, the Waterloo Wetland Lab led a team of volunteers in a wetland cleanup event with the intention of emphasizing the importance of urban wetlands.

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Meet our people

megan jordan

Megan Jordan

Research Assistant

I completed my Master's degree in the Waterloo Wetland Lab from 2020-2022, focusing on the impacts of water levels on native wetland plant restoration following herbicide application in Lake Erie Coatsal Wetlands. I am now working behind the scenes on many projects in the lab, helping everyting run smoothly.