Trina Rytwinski

Research Scientist

Trina’s research focuses on understanding the circumstances in which anthropogenic impacts (e.g., roads, dams) affect wildlife populations. She is particularly interested in determining which species or species groups are most vulnerable to human impacts, and determining ways to mitigate negative effects. Her research has focused on two themes: (1) the impacts of roads on wildlife populations, and (2) using evidence synthesis to inform management decisions. Trina is currently working with Dr. Steven Cooke and Dr. Joseph Bennett with the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation involved with conducting evidence synthesis and meta-analysis.

Personal website: https://trinarytwinski.ca/

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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

Lab Publications (45)

  • Rytwinski T, Muir MJ, Miller JRB, Smith A, Kelly LA, Bennett JR, Öckerman SLA, Taylor JJ, Lemieux AM, Pickles RSA, Gore ML, Pires SF, Pokempner A, Slaughter H, Carlson DP, Adhiasto DN, Arroyo Quiroz I and Cooke SJ. In press. What is the evidence that counter-wildlife crime interventions are effective for conserving African, Asian, and Latin American wildlife directly threatened by exploitation? A Systematic Map. Ecological Solutions and Evidence

  •  Peiman, K., T. Rytwinski, K.E. Smokorowski, J. Lamoureux, A.E. Kirkwood, S. Melles, S. Rijkenberg, C. Vis, V. Minelga, A. Tyner, M. Harper, B. Tregunno, J.C. Vermaire, C.D. Rennie and S.J. Cooke.  In Press.  The urgent need to identify thresholds to use for decisions about shoreline and riparian development in freshwater systems.  Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management.  00:000-000.

  • Cooke, S.J., J. Vermey, J.J. Taylor, T. Rytwinski, W.M. Twardek, G. Auld, R. Van Bogaert and A.L. MacDonald.  In Press.  A policy scan related to assisted migration as a climate change adaptation tactic in Canada reveals major policy gaps.  Facets.  00:000-000.

  • Harper, M., T. Rytwinski, S.J. Cooke and R. Irvine.  2023.  What is the effectiveness of methods for eradicating or controlling abundance and biomass of invasive aquatic plants in Canada? A systematic review protocol: a Systematic Review Protocol. PROCEED-23-00161 Available from: https://www.proceedevidence.info/protocol/view-result?id=161. doi: 10.57808/proceed.2023.25.

     

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    Harper, M., Rytwinski, T., and Cooke, S.J. 2023. Patterns and pitfalls of short-cuts used in environmental management rapid reviews. Environmental Management. 73:457-469

See All 45 Publications by Trina Rytwinski


Other Publications

 

Binley AD, Vincent JG, Rytwinski T, Soroye P, Bennett JR. (In press). Making the most of existing data in conservation research. Perspectives in Ecology and Conservation.

Soanes K, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L, Huijser MP, Jaeger JAG, Teixeira FZ, van der Ree R, van der Grift EA. (2024). Do wildlife crossing structures mitigate the barrier effect of roads on animal movement? A global assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology 61:417-430. (DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.14582)

Wen X, Bennett JR, Rytwinski T, Karimi S, Spetka A, Taylor JJ, Smith PA. (2023). A review of terrestrial temporarily conserved areas in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Conservation Biology e14160 (DOI: 10.1111/cobi.14160).

Binley AD, Vincent JG, Rytwinski T, Proctor CA, Urness E, Davis SA, Soroye P, Bennett JR. (2023). Patterns of community science data use in peer-reviewed research on biodiversity. Biological Conservation 280: 109985. (DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2023.109985)

Momeni-Dehaghi I, Bennett JR, Mitchell GW, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L. (2021) Mapping the pre-migration distribution of eastern Monarch butterflies using community science data. Ecology and Evolution 00:1-7. (DOI: 10.1002/ece3.7912)

Teixeira FZ, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L. 2020. Inference in road ecology research: what we know versus what we think we know. Biology Letters 16: 20200140 (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2020.0140).

Haddaway NR, Rytwinski T (2018). Meta-analysis is 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