The Rooney Lab
Wright State University

Department of Biological Sciences



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Tom Rooney (Principal Investigator)


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Holly Schlotman (Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program)

Research interests: biodiversity dynamics in urban forests



Eric Woebbe (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: amphibian diversity in the Amazon



Mandy Salminen (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: avian ecology, land management and GIS


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Maureen McGeean Lake (Biology B.S. program)

Research interests: raptor ecology, conservation biology



Amy Sullivan (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: wolf ecology, behavioral responses of deer to perceived predation risk


  Former Rooney Lab Students and Staff:

Libby Sancomb: M.S. Summer 2014.

"Direct and Indirect Effects of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Herbivory on Beetle and Spider Assemblages in Northern Wisconsin. "

-- currently a Ph.D. student at Wright State University


Brittany Damron: M.S. Fall 2013.

"Opiliones Biodiversity in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. "


Danielle Begley: M.S. Summer 2013.

"Long-term effects of deer browsing on northern forest plant communities "

--currently a PhD student at The Pennsylvania State University


Alex Zelles: M.S. Summer 2012.

"Positive Feedback does not occur Between Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) and European Earthworms. "


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Dr. Tamara Johnstone-Yellin: Postdoc and Forest Ungulate Research Network (FURN) coordinator.

--Assistant Professor of Biology, Bridgewater College


Dr. Fakhar i Abbas:

-- Executive Director Bioresource Research Centre, Islamabad
-- Faculty of the Institute of Natural and Management Science
(INAM), Rawalpindi


Jennifer Hays: M.S. summer 2011.

-- "Changes in Avian Community Composition at Sugarcreek Metropark between 1978 and 2010"


Bambi Shafer: M.S. fall 2010.

-- "An Assessment of White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Dynamics, Management, and Impacts in Highly Fragmented Landscapes"

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Dr. David Choate: Postdoc and Forest Ungulate Research Network (FURN) coordinator

--Currently conducting predator-prey research at the School of Life Sciences, University of Nevada- Las Vegas.

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Hetal Rawal: M.S. spring 2010.

"How timing of white-tailed deer herbivory influences plant growth and reproduction"


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Krystle Bouchard: M.S. summer 2009.

"Finding the trophic trickle: Using herbaceous indicator species to investigate plant recovery from intense browsing by white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) after the re-colonization of a top predator (Canis lupus)"

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Bryan Murray: M.S. summer 2009.

"Risk-sensitive foraging facilitates species-level trophic cascades among terrestrial mammals: a meta-analysis"

--Ph.D. 2013 from Michigan Tech.

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Dr. Kendra Millam: Lab affiliate

-- Currently an instructor (Bio 4840/6840 "Biogeography", Bio 4920 "Island Biogeography", and Bio 4920 "Spillover"), Dept. Biological Sciences

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