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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)
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  1. 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  

  2. 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!

  3. Feb. 2, 2018New paper in Freshwater Biology emphasizes importance of hydroperiod for aquatic invertebrates

    We are pleased to announce the publication of our latest paper in Freshwater Biology!  

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Meet our people

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Cari Ficken

Post Doctoral Fellow

I am a plant ecologist interested in the effects of environmental stress on ecosystem functioning. I use concepts and techniques from biogeochemistry, plant physiology, and ecology to understand how plants mediate the feedbacks between environmental conditions and ecosystem processes. I use trait-based frameworks to develop hypotheses which link multiple levels of organization and to generalize responses across systems. More information can be found on my website: