Waterloo Wetland Laboratory

Wetland at sunrise
Early mornings birding

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.


A comment by Dr. Rebecca Rooney and Dr. Jose Luis Rodriguez-Gil has been published in Ecological Applications.

"As a community of authors, reviewers, and editors in ecotoxicological research, we need to do better in enforcing standards of transparency and reproducibility, and we must guard against overreach when offering opinions on regulatory decisions."