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. Nov. 10, 2022Waterloo Wetland Lab leads wetland cleanup
    volunteers standing around bags of trash

    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.

  2. June 28, 2021*OPPORTUNITY* Rooney Lab Recruiting PDF in Conservation Biology or Invasion Biology
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    Post-doc opportunity in conservation biology: species at risk (SAR) & invasive species in a Priority Place

  3. 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!

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Meet our people

Rachel McNamee

Rachel McNamee

PhD. Candidate

I am investigating the fate and effects of microplastics on freshwater algae. My research involves intensive field work during the spring and summer months at the Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), as part of a multi-disciplinary collaborative project known as PELAstics.