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Research Fellow, IISD-ELA
Dr. Rennie’s research interests focus on understanding the role of ecosystem change (e.g., climate change, commercial and recreational fishing, species invasions) on the aquatic community structure and energetics, and understanding how behavioural and life history variation in of aquatic organisms drives population and ecosystem-level processes. His research articles have been published in a variety of scientific journals, and he has been a lecturer and adjunct professor at several Canadian universities.
Prior to joining IISD in 2014, Dr. Michael Rennie was a research scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, leading independent research at the Experimental Lakes Area, participating in highly collaborative whole-lake manipulation studies and collaborating with university researchers and government agencies. He was Postdoctoral Fellow at Trent University from 2008-2010, where he investigated temporal changes in food web structure associated with environmental change and species invasion of Lake Simcoe.
Since 2015, Dr. Rennie has been a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecology and Fisheries and Assistant Professor at Lakehead University, where he continues to maintain a strong research program at the IISD Experimental Lakes Area as a Research Fellow.
Kidd, K.A, Paterson, M.J, Rennie, M.D., Podemski, C.L., Findlay, D.L., Blanchfield, P.J. and Liber, K. Responses of a freshwater food web to a potent synthetic oestrogen. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B. 369: 20130578. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2013.0578 http://rstb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/369/1656/20130578
Rennie, M.D. Evans D.O. and Young, J.D. 2013. Increased dependence on nearshore benthic resources in the Lake Simcoe ecosystem after dreissenid invasion. Inland Waters 3: 297-310. doi: 10.5268/IW-3.2.540 https://www.fba.org.uk/journals/index.php/IW/article/view/540
Rennie, M.D., Sprules, W.G. and Johnson, T. 2009. Resource switching in fish following a major food web disruption. Oecologia, 159: 789–802. doi: 10.1007/s00442-008-1271-z http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00442-008-1271-z
A full list of publications is attached.
- Microplastics: What are they and what can we do about them?What exactly are microplastics? What are they doing to our water? And why should you be worried? We sat down with IISD Experimental Lakes Area research fellow Dr. Michael Rennie, who has recently worked on the impact of microplastics on fresh water, and he gave us the lowdown on them.