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 (21)
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.
Cooke, S.J., M.J. Lawrence, G.D. Raby, A.K. Teffer, K.M. Jeffries, A.J. Danylchuk and T.D. Clark. In Press. Comment on Duman et al. 2019 – Practices for drawing blood samples from Teleost fish. North American Journal of Aquaculture. North American Journal of Aquaculture. 00:000-000.
Gallagher AJ, Lawrence MJ, Jain-Schlaepfer S, Wilson ADM, Cooke SJ. (In Press) Effects of predator exposure on baseline and stress-induced glucocorticoid hormone concentrations in pumpkinseed Lepomis gibbosus. Journal of Fish Biology 00:000-000.
Prystay, T. S., Lawrence, M. J., Zolderdo, A. J., Brownscombe, J. W., de Bruijn, R., Eliason, E. J., and Cooke, S. J. 2019. 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. 234:18-27.
Lawrence, M.J., Godin, J.-G.J., Zolderdo, A.J., & Cooke, S.J. 2019. Chronic plasma cortisol elevation does not promote riskier behaviour in a teleost fish: A test of the behavioural resiliency hypothesis. Integrative Organismal Biology, 1-18.