Mike Lawrence

Ph.D. Candidate

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 (18)

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    Prystay, T. S., Lawrence, M. J., Zolderdo, A. J., Brownscombe, J. W., de Bruijn, R., Eliason, E. J., and Cooke, S. J. (In Press). Exploring relationships between cardiovascular activity and parental care behavior in nesting smallmouth bass: a field study using heart rate biologgers.  Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 00:000-000.

  • Lawrence, M.J., Godin, J.-G.J., Zolderdo, A.J., & Cooke, S.J. (In press). Chronic plasma cortisol elevation does not promote riskier behaviour in a teleost fish: A test of the behavioural resiliency hypothesis. Integrative Organismal Biology, 00:00-00.

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    Logan, J.M, Lawrence, M.J., Morgan, G.E., Twardek, W.M., Lennox, R.J., & Cooke, S.J. (In Press). Consequences of winter air exposure on walleye (Sander vitreus) physiology and impairment following a simulated ice-angling event. Fisheries Research 00:000-000.

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    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.

  • Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Cover Image

    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.

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