Ph.D. Students - Alumni  (2019)
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 (25)
Chong, D. R., A. E. I. Abrams, A. J. Zolderdo, M. J. Lawrence, C. H. Reid, and S. J. Cooke. (In Press). Physiological consequences of different fishing tournament culling methods on largemouth bass. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 00:000-000.
Lawrence, M.J., G.D. Raby, A.K. Teffer, K.M. Jeffries, A.J. Danylchuk, E.J. Eliason, C.T. Hasler, T.D. Clark and S.J. Cooke. 2020. Best practices for non-lethal blood sampling of fish via the caudal vasculature. Journal of Fish Biology. 97: 4-15.
MacLean, K., T.S. Prystay, M.J. Lawrence, A.J. Zolderdo, L.F.G. Gutowsky, E. Staaterman, A.J. Gallagher and S.J. Cooke. 2020. Going the distance: Influence of distance between boat noise and nest site on the behaviour of paternal smallmouth bass. Water, Air & Soil Pollution. 231: 1-11.
Moynes, E.N., and Lawrence, M.J., Zolderdo, A.J., Prystay, T.S., Abrams, A.E.I., Holder, P., & Cooke, S.J. 2020. Comparative behaviour of wild bluegill captured inside and outside of a long-standing aquatic protected area. Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 149:174-183.
Lawrence, M. J., Eliason, E. J., Zolderdo, A. J., Lapointe, D., Best, C., Gilmour, K. M., & Cooke, S. J. (2019). Cortisol modulates metabolism and energy mobilization in wild-caught pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus). Fish physiology and biochemistry, 1-16.