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 (28)
Abrams, A.E.I., A.J. Zolderdo, E.J.I. Lédée, M.J. Lawrence, P.E. Holder, and S.J. Cooke. In Press. Dispersal patterns of Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass following early-, mid-, and late-season fishing tournaments in an eastern Ontario lake. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 00:000-000
Bard, B., A. Dodge, W. Joyce, M. Lawrence, S.J. Cooke and K.M. Gilmour. In Press. Elevated cortisol lowers thermal tolerance but results in limited cardiac remodelling in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) experiencing chronic social stress. Journal of Experimental Biology. 00:000-000.
Trahan, A.T., A.D. Chhor, M.J. Lawrence, J.W. Brownscombe, D.M. Glassman, C.H. Reid, A.E.I. Abrams, A.J. Danylchuk, and S.J. Cooke. In Press. Do carbonated beverages reduce bleeding from gill injuries in angled Northern Pike? North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 00:000-000.
Chong, D.R., A.E.I. Abrams, A.J. Zolderdo, M.J. Lawrence, C.H. Reid and S.J. Cooke. 2021. Physiological consequences of different fishing tournament culling methods on largemouth bass. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 41:26-34.
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.