Rooney Lab defends their title as door decorating champions in 2017 against fierce competition!
This year our design traced the environmental drivers (namely pumpkin spice pollution) leading to the increased expression of the XMAS gene and resulting increase in Christmas Morph relative abundance in the fir tree population. As you'd expect, there were bottom-up effects on the squirrel population. Very scientific.
A new paper by Rooney Lab PhD student, Courtney Robichaud, was just published in the Journal for Great Lakes Research! This article explores some of the more subtle effects of invasion by Phragmites australis on the wetland bird community. Through a comparison with a study done in 2001/02, her work suggests that a time lag exists between the initial invasion and the realization of some of these effects. You can access it free at this link until July 8th, 2017.