Profile for Roger Haro

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Specialty area(s)

Aquatic entomology, river ecology, mercury transport in freshwater food webs and the landscape ecology of watersheds, higher education analytics.

Brief biography

Dr. Haro is currently serving as an interim associate dean for the College of Science and Health. His disciplinary research specializes in the study of freshwater ecosystems, the biology of benthic invertebrates and fish, and landscape ecology. His primary research examines the behavioral ecology of benthic macroinvertebrates. He is also interested in how landscape change affects the connectivity of freshwater ecosystems and the biological consequences of non-point source pollution, including mercury. Dr. Haro was part of the faculty team that redesigned Bio 105 (General Biology). He is also the director of the First Year Research Exposure (F.Y.R.E.) and the McNair Scholars Program. He has over 25 years of experience working with and developing programs for under-represented students in the STEM fields.

Current courses at UWL

Note: Dr. Haro is now serving in the office of the College of Science and Health and is not currently teaching.

Biology 203: Organismal Biology
Biology 414/514: Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology
Biology 464/564: Stream and Watershed Ecology
Biology 471: Capstone in Biology
Biology 499: Undergraduate research
Biology 799: Graduate research thesis


Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources and Environment, September 1994, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dissertation title: The ecological significance of sexual size dimorphism in two predatory stonefly nymphs: Isogenoides frontalis and I. olivaceus. Dissertation Chair: Dr. Michael J. Wiley.

Master of Science in Entomology, December 1988, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho. Thesis title: Agricultural non-point source pollution impacts on macrobenthic fauna within the Lapwai Creek Watershed, Idaho. Thesis Chair: Dr. Merlyn A. Brusven.

Bachelor of Science in Fisheries Biology, June 1984, Humboldt State University, Arcata, California. Senior thesis title: Trout egg survivorship in a groundwater supplied stream-side salmonid incubation box. Senior Advisor: Dr. George Allen.

Research and publishing

Prospective graduate applicants please note: I am not currently accepting new graduate students into my laboratory.  Please contact Dr. Eric Strauss ( for information about the graduate program in Aquatic Science.