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.
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- Behavioral responses to annual temperature variation alter the dominant energy pathway, growth, and condition of a cold-water predator Canadian scientists at IISD Experimental Lakes Area have discovered that certain lake predators are altering their behaviour due to climate change, revealing what the future may hold for these fish and their food.
- 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.