The UW-La Crosse Freshwater Ecology Lab (aka the Vander Vorste Lab) studies relationships between freshwater organisms and their environment. We are particularly interested in understanding and quantifying the effects of disturbances (natural and human-induced) on biological communities and freshwater ecosystems. Much of our research focuses on the the Mississippi River, the US’s largest river system.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Throughout my career, I have worked in a variety of freshwater ecosystems including lakes, wetlands, streams and rivers and studied macroinvertebrates, fish, amphibians, plants within these systems. In 2015, I earned my Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Claude… Continue reading About
RVanderVorste [at] uwlax [dot] edu Department of Biology University of Wisconsin – La Crosse 3032 Cowley Hall 1725 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601 Office: (608) 785-6978
Peer Reviewed Publications  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.… Continue reading Publications