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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)
Conceptual model of Rooney Lab Work

  1. 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

  2. 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!

  3. 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. 

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Meet our people

Sarah French

Postdoctoral Fellow

I am working in conjunction with Dr. Rooney and Ducks Unlimited Canada to assess whether created wetlands in agricultural landscapes provide suitable habitat for aquatic and semi-aquatic invertebrates.