backResearcher Profile

Rolf Devlin Vinebrooke

Job Title: Assistant Professor of Biology
Employer: University of Regina
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Public School attended: Wulfsbuttel, Bremenhaven, Germany
High School attended: Miles Macdonell Collegiate
Further Education: University of Winnipeg (B.A.), University of Toronto (B.Sc., M.Sc.), University of Regina (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Banff National Park (Alberta), Experimental Lakes Area and Killarney Provincial Park (Ontario), south central Saskatchewan

Brief synopsis of current research:
I use surveys and experiments to study how biodiversity affects freshwater ecosystem processes and properties. The main goal of this research is to determine how ecosystems of different biological complexity respond to natural and anthropogenic perturbations, such as introduction of exotic fish species, climate warming, and acidification. My research also examines the relative importance of environmental factors that regulate biodiversity in climatically-sensitive alpine ponds and recovering acidified boreal lakes. These research findings will help identify how preservation of aquatic biodiversity can be used to measure the success of freshwater resource management practices.

Mailing address:
Department of Biology, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada S4S 0A2
Phone: (306)585-4267; Fax: (306)585-4894


Recent Publications:

Vinebrooke, R.D., D.W. Schindler, D.L. Findlay, M.A. Turner, and M. Paterson. Loss of biodiversity and ecosystem function in acidified boreal lakes (submitted to Limnology and Oceanography).

Vinebrooke, R.D., M.A. Turner, K.A. Kidd, B.J. Hann, and D.W. Schindler. Truncated food-web effects of omnivorous minnows in a recovering acidified lake (submitted to Ecology).

Vinebrooke, R.D. and P.R. Leavitt. 1999. Phytobenthos and phytoplankton as potential indicators of climate change in mountain lakes: a HPLC-based pigment approach. Journal of the North American Benthological Society 18:14-32.

Vinebrooke, R.D. and P.R. Leavitt. 1999. Differential responses of littoral communities to ultraviolet radiation in an alpine lake. Ecology 80:223-237.

Vinebrooke, R.D. and P.R. Leavitt. 1998. Direct and interactive effects of allochthonous dissolved organic matter, inorganic nutrients, and ultraviolet radiation on an alpine littoral foodweb. Limnology and Oceanography 43:1065-1081.

Canadian freshwaters will increasingly become an important international commodity over the next few decades. Therefore, we must strive to understand and preserve the integrity of inland aquatic ecosystems not only for future generations, but also because of their intrinsic worth as natural places. As a freshwater ecologist at an academic institution, I find that I have the freedom and support to perform independent research into aquatic ecosystems, and to communicate my findings to the scientific community, government, students, and the general public.

I chose to pursue a career in freshwater ecology because I had always enjoyed spending endless hours around lakes and ponds, and backcountry camping, while I was growing up. I realized that in order to be satisfied with my choice of career, and to be good at it, I would have to choose an occupation for which I had a natural passion--working on lakes and streams did it for me!