Dr. Rebecca Rooney

Assistant Professor
Department of Biology, University of Waterloo
rrooney@uwaterloo.ca

An Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Waterloo, Dr. Rebecca Rooney studies wetland ecology and is a world expert on biomonitoring and wetland assessment. Dr. Rooney examines how human-caused and natural disturbances, like invasion by Phragmites australis, influence wetland communities. Additionally, she studies the efficacy and effects of different Phragmites control methods, particularly the influence of pesticides on wetland food webs. She tackles fundamental questions around how communities assemble and what defines them, including the relative importance of biological interactions, environmental conditions, and landscape factors. Her research supports the implementation of wetland policy, invasive species management, and the protection of species at risk. Her results improve the design of restored and reclaimed wetlands, provide tools for evaluating their integrity, and identifies the most successful techniques for invasive species control.

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Anyone managing non-native Phragmites in the Great Lakes basin can participate in PAMF.  Through PAMF, experienced land managers can efficiently share their knowledge and expertise while those new to Phragmites management can find science-based support and guidance. Learn how to join PAMF here.

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Please contact: Samantha Stanton, Program Specialist, Great Lakes Commission at sstanton@glc.org or 734-396-6055.