The Rooney Lab is currently seeking a PhD student with experience in community analysis, multivariate statistics, and R software who is interested in wetland ecology, restoration ecology, and the interactions among communities. The successful applicant will commence a fully funded PhD program working with a comprehensive dataset from temporary marshes in Alberta, Canada. The dataset includes vegetation, bird, and macro-invertebrate data, water chemistry, sediment chemistry, and hydrology environmental covariate data from nearly 100 wetlands spanning two Natural Regions.
Rooney Lab MSc. Student, Courtney Robichaud, co-authored a blog post for the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative on her thesis work. She repeated a study from a decade ago and found markedly greater changes to the bird community in response to Phragmites invasion that was reported previously. Read more about it here.
February 12, to celebrate Darwin Day, the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo hosted a bonspiel. The Rooney Lab was represented by both veterans and novices to the sport, but all brought their enthusiasm for evolution by natural selection to the ice!
Congratulations Rooney Lab member Adam Kraft, who won the naming competition for GRADventure, the University of Waterloo's hub for professional development resources. GRADventure launched Jan 27th. For access to all manner of workshops, resources, and special event listings targeting graduate students preparing for the workplace, check it out here.