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Dr. Rolf D. Vinebrooke


My research group focuses on the cumulative impacts of multiple environmental stressors on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in mountain, boreal, and arctic lakes. In particular, we are interested in the ecological mechanisms that regulate the resistance of ecosystems and their recovery from stressors, such as climate change, acidic nitrogen deposition, stratospheric ozone depletion and increased ultraviolet-B radiation, and invasive species. We use lake/pond surveys, time-series analysis of whole-lake studies, paleolimnology, and mesocosm experiments to develop and test hypotheses regarding synergistic or antagonistic interactions among these stressors and their net impacts on primary producers and consumers. In addition, we are conducting experimental re-introductions of extirpated species to determine restoration strategies for damaged freshwater ecosystems. Also, we are examining how terrestrial inputs subsidize the productive capacity of boreal and mountain lakes.

Featured Research Summaries

Regional Biodiversity Rescues Alpine Lakes from Invasive Fish

Selected Publications

Regional diversity reverses the negative impacts of an alien predator on local species‐poor communities
Loewen CJG & RD Vinebrooke
Ecology 97:2740–2749 (Oct 2016)

Linking zooplankton richness with energy input and insularity along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients
Lyons DA & RD Vinebrooke
Limnology and Oceanography 61:841–852 (May 2016)

Invasive trout increase the climatic sensitivity of zooplankton communities in naturally fishless lakes
MacLennan MM, C Dings-Avery & RD Vinebrooke
Freshwater Biology 60:1502–1513 (Aug 2015)

Missing effects of anthropogenic nutrient deposition on sentinel alpine ecosystems
Vinebrooke RD, MM Maclennan, M Bartrons, et al.
Global Change Biology 20:2173–2182 (Jul 2014)

Interactive effects of higher temperature and dissolved organic carbon on planktonic communities in fishless mountain lakes
Weidman PR, DW Schindler, PL Thompson, et al.
Freshwater Biology 59:889–904 (May 2014)

Stratigraphic expressions of the Holocene-Anthropocene transition revealed in sediments from remote lakes
Wolfe AP, WO Hobbs, HH Birks, et al.
Earth-Science Reviews 116:17–34 (Jan 2013)

Biogeochemical responses of two alpine lakes to climate change and atmospheric deposition, Jasper and Banff National parks, Canadian Rocky Mountains
Hobbs WO, RD Vinebrooke & AP Wolfe
Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 68:1480–1494 (Aug 2011)

Increased Mercury Loadings to Western Canadian Alpine Lakes over the Past 150 Years
Phillips VJA, VL St Louis, CA Cooke, et al.
Environmental Science & Technology 45:2042–2047 (Mar 2011)