Conducting whole lake experiments to shape environmental policy

Ensuring sustainable water resources and fisheries is critical to supporting the well being and economic prosperity of our town and cities. By investigating the effects of emerging contaminants and food web structure in whole lake experiments and tracking fish movement using advanced technologies, our research shapes environmental policies.
Photo of Dr. Michael Rennie, CRC in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries

Dr. Michael Rennie

Canada Research  Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries (tier 2)

Areas of Research

  • Freshwater ecology
  • Food web ecology
  • Fisheries science
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Acoustic technology

Overview of Research

Our research is applied, and directed at shaping environmental and natural resource policies. Our whole lake research at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area investigates the impacts of emerging contaminants (e.g., nanosilver, microplastics) and human activities in the natural environment (e.g., aquaculture) at the whole-ecosystem scale. In the Great Lakes, our research evaluates variation in fish movement, food web and population structure around large lakes like Lake Superior, and how that variation can inform better management (e.g., mapping management zones to reflect the spatial use of the fishes and ecosystems that are the focus of management efforts).

Photo of Mike Rennie Sampling for microplastics with a manta trawl in an ELA lake

Dr. Rennie's research exemplifies Lakehead University's commitment to advancing the following United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  UN SDG 6 - Clean Water and SanitationUN SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesUN SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and ProtectionUN SDG 13 - Climate ActionUN SDG 14 - Life Below WaterUN SDG 17 - Partnerships for Goals

Contact Information:
Dr. Michael Rennie
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Tel.: 807-346-7860