My general research interests lie in addressing how fish, especially elasmobranchs, deal with stressors in their day-to-day lives from a physiological perspective. My current work aims to integrate the fields of fish physiology, ecology and behavioural science to incorporate an understanding of the physiological mechanisms underpinning the role of the stress axis in governing predator-prey interactions in a number of teleost and elasmobranch species. My work will also aim to address some questions concerning basic stress physiological operations in these animals and will hopefully be employed to predict changes in predator-prey interactions in the face of increasing anthropogenic induced stress in fish. I’m also highly interested in any work concerning elasmobranch physiological and ecological dynamics.
2012-2014: M.Sc. in Biology, McMaster University (Hamilton, ON)
Thesis Title (Co-supervised by Chris Wood and Pat Wright): Functional characterization of renal ammonia transport and acid-base regulation in teleost and elasmobranch fishes
2008-2012: B.Sc. Marine and Freshwater Biology, University of Guelph (Guelph, ON)
Honours Thesis Topic (Supervised by James Ballantyne): The interaction between urea and cold temperatures in protein denaturation and possible adaptations by elasmobranch fish
2012-2013: Ontario graduate scholarship holder
Advanced open water PADI certified diver
Amateur marine photographer (http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/322033/#recent)
Research Gate Profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Michael_Lawrence10
Lab Publications (15)
Lawrence, M.J., A.J. Zolderdo, J-G.J. Godin, J.W. Mandelman, K.M. Gilmour and S.J. Cooke. In Press. Cortisol does not increase risk of mortality to predation in juvenile bluegill sunfish: a manipulative experimental field study. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A. 00:000-000.
Lawrence, M.J., Godin, J.G.J, and Cooke, S.J. 2018. Does experimental cortisol elevation mediate risk-taking and antipredator behaviour in a wild teleost fish? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology: part A. 226: 75-82.
Abrams, A. E. I., A. M. Rous, J. L. Brooks, M. J. Lawrence, S. E. Doka, J. D. Midwood, and S. J. Cooke. 2018. Comparing immobilization, recovery, and stress indicators associated with electric fish handling gloves and a portable electrosedation system. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 147:390-399.
Lawrence, M.J., S. Jain-Schlaepfer, A.J. Zolderdo, D.A. Algera, K.M. Gilmour, A.J. Gallagher and S.J. Cooke. 2018. Are 3-minutes good enough for obtaining baseline physiological samples from teleost fish? Canadian Journal of Zoology. 96:774-786.
Lawrence, M.J., A.J. Zolderdo and S.J. Cooke. 2017. The consequences of war on the natural environment. Pages 48-62 in W.H. Wiist and S.K. White, Eds. Preventing War and Promoting Peace: A Guide for Health Professionals. Cambridge University Press, UK.