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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)

Right now, we have an opportunity open for a PhD. student interested in working with a comprehensive dataset on nearly 100 wetlands from Alberta, including bird, invertebrate and vegetation community data, as well as environmental covariates. This project affords the opportunity to publish extensively.  The successful applicant will have experience with multivariate analysis of community data in ecology. Experience with R software is a plus.

In addition, we are seeking a MSc. student to work with vegetation community data to develop biomonitoring tools for Albertan wetlands.  Experience with R software is a plus.

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  1. Nov. 17, 20172 Year Postdoctoral Opportunity: Bioindicators and Regional Wetland MonitoringDr. Rooney sampling sediment

    We're Hiring! 

    The Rooney Lab is seeking an ambitious postdoctoral fellow to join the lab and work collaboratively with Alberta Environment and Parks staff on development and validation of bioindicator tools in support of policy directives targeting the regional monitoring of oil sands mine impacts on peatlands.

    The position is fully funded for 2 years with the possibility of renewal.  

    Applications accepted now until the position is filled.

    Start date is ASAP.

  2. 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!  

  3. Jan. 17, 2018First time publication for one of our Undergrad Hns. Thesis students!Paper title in the journal

    Rooney Lab is proud to have published a new note in the Journal of Freshwater Ecology titled "Wetland microhabitats support distinct communities of aquatic macroinvertebrates."  What makes us so proud of this one is that it is based on the Undergraduate Hns. thesis work of Jaimie Bortolotti who collaborated with former MSc. student Jennifer Gleason to turn her thesis into a manuscript.  Jaimie is now an MSc. student at Queens - congratulations Jaimie and good luck with that NSERC application! 

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