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Michael D. Rennie

Dr. Michael Rennie is an Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair in Freshwater Ecology and Fisheries at Lakehead University. As lead researcher of the CEE Lab, Dr. Rennie oversees his team’s use of whole-lake experiments, lab studies and archival data sets to investigate how lakes and fish populations respond to ecosystem changes such as climate warming, invasive species and contaminants. He is also the acting director of Lakehead’s Aquatic Toxicology Research Centre.

Dr. Rennie is also a Research Fellow with the International Institute for Sustainable Development-Experimental Lakes Area (IISD-ELA), where he oversees the fish population monitoring program and the site of many of CEE Lab members’ field studies and whole-lake experiments. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the biological sciences department at the University of Manitoba.

A graduate of the University of Calgary (BSc) and the University of Toronto (MSc and PhD), Dr. Rennie also held a post-doc position at Trent University. He also worked as a Research Scientist for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Freshwater Institute in Winnipeg, MB, before moving onto the IISD-ELA and Lakehead University.

Dr. Rennie’s research is focused on understanding the fundamental linkages between metabolic performance of individuals and ecosystem-level processes, the means by which these relationships are modulated in altered environments, and how these changes affect the pathway and efficiency of energy flow through food webs.

See Michael Rennie’s Full CV (current to April 2021)

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