Tom Rooney TRI

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Tom Rooney "hails from southeastern Pennsylvania, and spent countless days exploring the Appalachian Mountains and the Wisconsin Northwoods. He has a B.A. in Biology from The University of Delaware, and an M.S. in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

"Tom completed his Ph.D. in Botany while working with fellow Science Fellow Don Waller at the University of Wisconsin. He was elected to Sigma Xi, an honor society of scientists and engineers, and was named an EPA STAR Fellow. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Wright State University, where he investigates the the ecological consequences of herbivore release following top predator removal, and studies the dynamics biotic impoverishment through time.

"Tom is a population and community ecologist best known for his work on how deer influence the structure and dynamics of forest ecosystems. His research interests are diverse, and he has addressed a number of ecological processes including: how developmental constraints and climate change influences future insect population distributions, trophic cascades generated by predators in terrestrial systems, natural history of summer wildflowers, and the assessment of conservation value using geospatial and floristic data. He has authored over 30 peer-reviewed papers." [1]

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  1. TRI Fellows, Rewilding Institute, accessed December 2, 2008.