Profile for Ross Vander Vorste

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Specialty area(s)

aquatic invertebrates, freshwater ecology, disturbance ecology, community ecology, conservation biology

Brief biography

My lab studies the effects of disturbances (natural and human-induced) on biological communities and freshwater ecosystems using field studies, laboratory experiments, and existing datasets. We have a strong research focus on invertebrates because they are incredibly diverse, found in many freshwater habitats, and are excellent indicators of environmental conditions.

If you are interested in joining the lab for undergraduate or graduate research, please contact me by email or phone.

Current courses at UWL

Freshwater Invertebrate Zoology (Bio 414/514) - includes lecture and lab

Ecology (Bio 307)

Organismal Biology (Bio 203)- includes lecture and lab

Capstone Seminar (Bio 491)

Education

PhD Ecology (2015) University of Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Lyon, France

M.S. Biological Sciences (2010) South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

B.S. Environmental Management (2006) South Dakota State University, Brookings, S.D.

Research and publishing

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Most Recent Papers:

Vander Vorste, R., M. Obedzinski, S. Nossaman-Pierce, S. Carlson, and T. Grantham. 2020. Refuges and ecological traps: extreme drought threatens persistence of an endangered fish in intermittent streams. Global Change Biology. https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15116.

Mermillod-Blondin, F., P. Marmonier, M. Tenaille, D.G., Lemoine, M. Lafont, R. Vander Vorste, L. Simon, and L. Volatier. 2020. Bottom-up processes control benthic macro-invertebrate communities and food web structure of fishless artificial wetlands. Aquatic Ecology.

Vander Vorste, R., R. Sarrajame, T. Datry. 2019. Intermittent rivers & ephemeral streams: a unique biome with important contributions to biodiversity and ecosystem services, Reference module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-409548-9.12054-8. 

von Schiller D., T. Datry, R. Corti, A. Foulquier, K. Tockner, …, Vander Vorste, R.,… 2019. Sediment Respiration Pulses in Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 33: 1251-1263. doi: 10.1029/2019GB006276.

Vander Vorste, R., A.J. Timpano, C. Cappellin, B. Badgley, C. Zipper, and S. Schoenholtz. 2019. Microbial and macroinvertebrate communities, but not leaf decomposition, change along a mining-induced salinity gradient. Freshwater Biology 00:1–14.

Shumilova, O., D. Zak, T. Datry, A. Foulquier, R. Corti, D. von Schiller,  K. Tockner,…, R. Vander Vorste,….2019. A global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter in IRES. Global Change Biology. doi: 10.1111/gcb.14537.

Marshall, J.C., V. Acuña, D.C. Allen, N. Bonada, A.J. Boulton, S.M. Carlson, C.N. Dahm, T. Datry, C. Leigh, P. Negus, J.S. Richardson, S. Sabater, A. L. Steward, R. Stubbington, K. Tockner, and R. Vander Vorste. 2018. Protecting US river health by maintaining the legal status of temporary waterways. Science 361(6405): 856-857.doi:10.1126/science.aav0839.

Datry, T., A. Foulquier, R. Corti, D. von Schiller, K. Tockner, …, R. Vander Vorste,… 2018. A global perspective of terrestrial plant material dynamics in non-perennial waterways. Nature Geoscience 11, 497–503.

Kudos

published

Ross Vander Vorste, Biology, authored the article "Refuges and ecological traps: extreme drought threatens persistence of an endangered fish in intermittent streams" in Global Change Biology and was accepted for publication by Wiley.

Submitted on: Mar. 27

published

Ross Vander Vorste, Biology, co-authored the article "Bottom-up processes control benthic macroinvertebrate communities and food web structure of fishless artificial wetlands" in Aquatic Ecology published on Feb. 27 by Springer. For more info: visit https://rossvandervorste.com/publications

Submitted on: Mar. 5

published

Ross Vander Vorste, Biology, authored the chapter "Intermittent Rivers and Ephemeral Streams: A Unique Biome With Important Contributions to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services" in Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences published on Dec. 31, 2019 by Elsevier. With help from co-authors Romain Sarremejane (UC Berkeley) and Thibault Datry (INRAE, France), the chapter provides an in-depth review of the biological, hydrological, and ecosystem function aspects of intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams. See https://rossvandervorste.com/publications/ for more info.

Submitted on: Feb. 25