Trina Rytwinski

Postdoctoral Researcher  (2016 - current)

Trina’s research focuses on understanding the circumstances in which roads and traffic affect wildlife populations. She is particularly interested in looking at species traits and their behavioural responses to roads, to determine which species or species groups are most vulnerable to road impacts, and determining ways to mitigate road effects. Most recently, she has focused on two road ecology related projects: (1) determining ways to improve knowledge on the influence of mitigation measures on wildlife populations through experiments, and (2) assessing the effectiveness of mitigation measures intended to decrease road related impacts on wildlife through meta-analysis. Her research with Dr. Bennett and Dr. Cooke will involve conducting various systematic reviews; one of which is currently underway focusing on evaluating the effectiveness of non-native fish management projects for the restoration of freshwater ecosystems.

Background

Post-Doc, Carleton University (part-time 2013-2016), Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig

Contract Biologist, Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands (Dec 2014-Jun 2015)

Contract Biologist, University of Melbourne, Australia (Dec 2013-May 2014)

Ph.D. Biology, Carleton University (2007-2012)

Dissertation Title: The effects of species behavioural responses to roads and life history traits on their population level responses to roads. Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig

Research Biologist/Crew leader, University of New Brunswick (2006-2007)

M.Sc. Biology, Carleton University (2004-2006) Thesis Title: The effect of road density on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) relative abundance in rural and urban landscapes in eastern Ontario.           Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig

B.Sc. Biology (with Honours), Cape Breton University (2000-2004) Thesis Title: Plant use by native and non-native lady beetles (Coccinellidae) in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Supervisor: Dr. David McCorquodale

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Lab Publications (7)

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    Rytwinski T, Taylor JJ, Donaldson LA, Britton JR, Browne D, Gresswell RE, Lintermans M, Prior K, Pellatt MG, Vis C, Cooke SJ. The effectiveness of non-native fish removal techniques in freshwater ecosystems: a systematic review. Environmental Reviews. DOI 10.1139/er-2018-004.

  • Cooke, S.J., A.M. Rous, L.A. Donaldson, J.J. Taylor, T. Rytwinski, K.A. Prior, K.E. Smokorowski and J.R. Bennett.  2018.  Evidence-based restoration in the Anthropocene – From acting with purpose to acting for impact.  Restoration Ecology. 26(2):201-205.

  • Taylor, J.J., T. Rytwinski, J.R. Bennett and S.J. Cooke. 2017. Lessons for introducing stakeholders to environmental evidence synthesis. Environmental Evidence. 6:26.

  • Cooke, S.J., K. Birnie-Gauvin, R.J. Lennox, J.J. Taylor, T. Rytwinski, J.L. Rummer, C.E. Franklin, J.R. Bennett and N.R. Haddaway.  2017.  How experimental biology and ecology can support evidence-based decision-making in conservation: Avoiding pitfalls and enabling application.  Conservation Physiology  5(1):cox043

  • Rytwinski T, Taylor JJ, Bennett JR, Smokorowski, KE, Cooke SJ. 2017. What are the impacts of flow regime changes on fish productivity in temperate regions? A systematic map protocol. Environmental Evidence. 6:13. DOI 10.1186/s13750-017-0093-z

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Other Publications

Haddaway NR, Rytwinski T (2018) Meta-analysis in not an exact science: call for guidance on quantitative synthesis decisions. Environment International 000:000-000 (online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.018)

Rytwinski T, Soanes K, Jaeger J A G, Fahrig L, Findlay C S, Houlahan J, van der Ree R,  van der Grift EA (2016). How effective is road mitigation at reducing road-kill? A meta-analysis. PLOS one, 11. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166941.

Downing RJ, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2015) Positive Effects of Roads on Small Mammals: A Test of the Predation Release Hypothesis. Ecological Research 30:651-662.

Rytwinski T, van der Ree R, Cunnington G, Fahrig L, Findlay S, Houlahan J, Jaeger JAG, Soanes K, van der Grift EA (2015) Experimental Study Designs to Improve the Evaluation of Road Mitigation Measures for Wildlife. Journal of Environmental Management 154:48-64.

Jack J, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L, Francis, CM (2015) Influence of traffic mortality on forest bird abundance. Biodiversity and Conservation 24:1507-1529.

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2015) The impacts of roads and traffic on terrestrial animal populations. In: van der Ree R, Smith, D, Grilo C (eds). Handbook of Road Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

van der Ree R, Jaeger JAG, Rytwinski T, van der Grift E (2015) Good science and experimentation are needed in road ecology. In: van der Ree R, Smith, D, Grilo C (eds). Handbook of Road Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

Rytwinski T (2014) Literature review and survey design recommendations for a road effects study on Cerulean Warblers in Ontario. Final Report. Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Region.

Dorland A, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2014) Do Roads Reduce Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) Populations? PLOS one (online: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098414)

Pfeifer, M., Lefebvre, V., Gardner, T., Baeten, L., Banks-Leite, C., Barlow, J., Betts, M.,Brunet, J., Cerezo, A., Cisneros, L., Collard, S., d’Cruze, N., da Silva Motta, C., Duguay, S., Eggermont, H., Eigenbrod, F., Hadley, A., Hanson, T., Hawes, J., Heartsill Scalley, T., Klingbeil, B., Kolb, A., Kormann, U., Kumar, S., Lachat, T., Lakeman Fraser, P., Lantschner, V., Laurance, W., Lens, L., Marsh, C., Medina-Rangel, G., Melles, S., Mezger, D., Overal, W., Owen, C., Peres, C., Phalan, B., Pidgeon, A., Pilia, O., Possingham, H., Possingham, M., Raheem, D., Ribeiro, D., Robinson, R., Robinson, W., Rytwinski, T., Scherber, C., Slade, E., Somarriba, E., Stouffer, P., Struebig, M., Tylianakis, J., Tscharntke, T., Tyre, A., Urbina Cardona, J., Vasconcelos, H., Wells, K., Willig, M., Wood, E., Young, R., Bradley, A., Ewers, R  (2014) BIOFRAG – A new database for analysing biodiversity responses to forest fragmentation. Ecology and Evolution (online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.1036/full)

Rytwinski, T, Fahrig L (2013) Why are some animal populations unaffected or positively affected by roads? Oecologia (online: DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2684-x)

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2012) Do species life history traits explain population responses to roads? A meta-analysis. Biological Conservation 147:87–98

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2011) Reproductive rates and body size predict road impacts on mammal abundance.  Ecological Applications 21:589–600

Fahrig L, Rytwinski T (2009) Effects of roads on animal abundance: an empirical review and synthesis. Ecology and Society 14:21, (online: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art21/)

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2007) Effect of road density on abundance of white-footed mice. Landscape Ecology 22:1501–1512