Laura Beecraft

Post-doctoral Fellow

Photo of Laura Beecraft collecting periphyton at Rondeau Provincial ParkDr. Beecraft recently received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo (2018) in the field of aquatic ecology, under the supervision of Dr. Ralph E.H. Smith. Her research assessed comparative photophysiological stress of freshwater phytoplankton groups to ultraviolet radiation exposure, and tools utilizing chlorophyll a fluorescence to measure them. As a member of Dr. Rooney’s lab, she has the opportunity to apply her knowledge of algal culturing and physiology to the collection and growth of periphytic biofilms, to test the effects of herbicide (glyphosate) exposure on periphyton communities.

University of Waterloo

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