Michael D. Rennie

Dr. Michael Rennie

Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair
Graduate Coordinator

Phone Number: 
+1 807-343-8010ext. 7860
+1 807-343-8010ext. 7979
Office Location: 
CB 4050
FB 1018
Office Hours: 
By appointment
Academic Qualifications: 

BSc in Ecology, University of Calgary

MSc in Zoology, University of Toronto

PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto

Date joined Lakehead: 
January, 2015
Previous Teaching/Work: 

2008-2010: Postdoctoral researcher, Trent University

2010: Lecturer, University of Toronto Mississauga

2010-2014: Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (Experimental Lakes Area)

2014-2015: Research Scientist, IISD-Experimental Lakes Area

2018: present- Director, Lakehead University Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre

Research Interests: 

Our research is focused on the metabolic and community ecology of altered environments. Human activities often create change in the form of multiple stressors, altering the community composition of aquatic ecosystems. Accurately measuring those changes is a critical first step to understanding ecosystem responses to stress. Our research group focuses on understanding how those community changes alter ecosystem energetics and function. Two broad research themes are: 1) understanding the role of multiple stressors (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the community structure and energetics of aquatic ecosystems and 2) understanding ways in which the behaviour and life histories of aquatic organisms can influence population size and ecosystem structure.