Robert Mooney

Past NE CASC Fellow
Ph.D Student

Consortium Institution: 

University of Wisconsin Madison


Department of Zoology, Center for Limnology


M.S. Biology – aquatic science, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 2014
B.S. Biology – aquatic science, University of Wisconsin – La Crosse, 2011



Research Assistant, UW – Madison Center for Limnology, Summer 2015 – present
Teaching Assistant, UW – Madison Dept. of Zoology, Fall 2015
Research Assistant, UW – La Crosse River Studies Center, Winter 2014 – Spring 2015
Graduate Assistant, UW – La Crosse Dept. of Biology and McNair Scholars Program, Fall 2011 – Summer 2014

Research Interests: 

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. 

Selected Publications:

  • 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.