The Rooney Lab
Wright State University

Department of Biological Sciences



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Tom Rooney (Principal Investigator)



Mandy Salminen (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: avian ecology, land management and GIS


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Mary Westwood (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: Epidemiology and ecology
of tick-borne diseases of SJ

Safia Janjua (Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program)

Research interests: conservation genetics and population structure of snow leopards
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Kayla Watters (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: frog community structure and pathogen prevalence
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Chelsea Wright (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: influence of noise on avian communities
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Hosanna Loreaux (Biology M.S. program)

Research interests: ecosystem dynamics across a lake-forest boundary


  Former Rooney Lab Students and Staff:

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Jon Becker: M.S. Spring 2017.

"The impacts of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) herbivory on the forage quality of forest vegetation”

--currently an associate instructor at the University of Wisconsin - Waukesha


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Eric Woebbe: M.S. Spring 2017.

"Survey of a Neotropical anuran assemblage (Pacaya-Samiria Reserve, Peru)"


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Maureen McGeean Lake: Undergraduate research.

woodpecker population dynamics


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. "

-- currently a PhD student in Zoology at the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil


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. "

--currently an environmental scientist with LJB, Inc.


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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. Currently a postdoctoral research associate at Purdue University

  Inactive Students:
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Holly Schlotman: (Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program)

-- Research interests: biodiversity dynamics in urban forests

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