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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. June 3, 2021*OPPORTUNITY* for a PhD position - fully funded for 4 y
    Image of students collecting biofilm samples in the field

    The Rooney Lab is recruiting a PhD student to study the bioconcentration of pesticides in aquatic biofilms and their risk to freshwater food webs!

  2. Feb. 26, 2021*UPDATE* We're recruiting an MSc. Student for Lake Restoration Project
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    The Rooney Lab is recruiting an MSc student to work on aquatic invasive species management and resotration in Fairy Lake, Southampton, Ontario. 

  3. Feb. 6, 2020Rooney Lab seeking Undergrad Hns. Students for BIOL 499 projects
    Schematic indicating how periphyton can bioconcentrate herbicides

    Rooney Lab is seeking motivated Biology students seeking BIOL499 Senior Honour’s project opportunities.  

    Terms: Spring and Fall 2020 (May-December 2020)

    Supervisor: Dr. Rebecca Rooney

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Meet our people

Photo of Courtney Robichaud on a ladder surveying wetland birds

Courtney Robichaud

Ph.D. Candidate

Courtney Robichaud is interested in invasion biology and the efficacy of different control methods in restoring wetland integrity.  Her recent research has focused on understanding why aerial insectivore birds avoid foraging over marsh invaded by Phragmites australis and why Barn Swallow forage more actively over ar