My broad research interests revolve around nutrient dynamics in freshwater ecosystems; in particular I am interested in how seasonal climate variations influence nutrient availability in streams and lakes. Additionally, I have a strong interest in organismal and community ecology, especially the role that consumers have on nutrient cycling in aquatic ecosystems. At UW-Madison, I am currently studying the effects of watershed land use, tributary discharge, and seasonal climate fluctuations on tributary nutrient loading to Lake Michigan.
Mooney, R.J., E.A. Strauss, and R.J. Haro. In press. Nutrient-specific foraging by Glossosoma intermedium larvae leads to conspecific case grazing. Freshwater Science.
Mooney, R.J., E.A. Strauss, and R.J. Haro. 2014. Nutrient recycling by caddisflies alleviates phosphorus limitation in case periphyton. Freshwater Science 33(4):1086-1092.