Adrienne Smith

Environmental Evidence Synthesis Technician

Research interests: Fisheries and aquatic ecology, Evidence synthesis, Evidence-based decision making, watershed ecology


Research Biologist, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Thunder Bay, ON

Educational Assistant, The River Institute, Cornwall, ON

M.Sc., Biology, University of Waterloo (2012-2014)

Supervisors: Dr. Michael Power and Dr Jerome Marty

Thesis: Studies of the Upper Rainy River Food Web and Variations in Spawning Critical Habitats in Relation to Flow

Environmental Technician, St Lawrence College, Cornwall, ON

Honours B. Sc., Biology, Carleton University (2006-2011)

Lab Publications (4)

  • Nyboer, E., Nguyen, V.M., Young, N., Rytwinski, T., Taylor, J.J., Lane, J.F., Bennett, J.R., Harron, N., Aitken, S.M., Auld, G., Browne, D., Jacob, A., Prior, K., Smith, P.A., Smokorowski, K.E., Alexander, S. and Cooke., S.J.  (In Press). Supporting actionable science for environmental policy: Advice for funding agencies from decision makers. Frontiers in Conservation Science. 00:000-000.

  • Birnie-Gauvin K, Rytwinski T, Harper M, Taylor JJ, Smith A, Smokorowski KE, Turgeon K, Bradford MJ, Cooke SJ (In Press) How do natural changes in flow magnitude affect fish abundance and diversity in temperate regions? A systematic review protocol. Ecological Solutions and Evidence.  00:000-000.


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    Rytwinski, T., L.A. Kelly, L.A. Donaldson, J.J. Taylor, A. Smith, D.A.R. Drake, A.L. Martel, J. Geist, T.J. Morris, A.L. George, A.J. Dextrase, J.R. Bennett and S.J. Cooke.  In Press.  What evidence exists for evaluating the effectiveness of conservation-oriented captive breeding and release programs for imperilled freshwater fishes and mussels?  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.  00:000-000.

  • Taylor, J.J., T. Rytwinski, A. Smith, M. Piczak, S. Garden, R. Lennox, and S.J. Cooke. 2021. A synthesis of DFO contributions to freshwater fish habitat science since the 1950s. A report submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Other Publications

Smith A, Smokorowski K, Power M. 2017. Spawning lake sturgeon and habitat characteristics in Rainy River, Ontario and Minnesota. Journal of Applied Ichthyology 33 (3): 328-337.

Smith A, Marty J, Smokorowski K, Power M. 2016. Stable Isotope Characterization of the Rainy River, ONT lake sturgeon diet and trophic position. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 42 (2): 440-447.

Smith A, Marty J, Power M. 2015. Non-lethal sampling of lake sturgeon for stable isotope analysis: comparing pectoral fin-clip and dorsal muscle tissue for use in trophic studies. Journal of Great Lakes Research. 41: 292-297.