My research will use passive acoustic telemetry to examine the spatial ecology of fish in Toronto Harbour to aid in management and conservation. I completed my BSc at the University of Guelph in 2015 majoring in Zoology. I worked as a research technician in Kluane National Park Yukon with squirrels, as well as with Pacific Whale Foundation studying humpbacks in Maui, Hawaii. From there I completed my Masters of Science at McMaster University studying the spatial ecology and conservation of common snapping turtles in an urbanized marsh. Since graduating in fall of 2018, I have worked at the Great Lakes Lab for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where I was involved with a number of projects that furthered my interest in fish ecology.
Lab Publications (15)
Piczak, M., S.J. Cooke, A.J. Adams, L.P. Griffin, A.J. Danylchuk and J.W. Brownscombe. In Press. Permit (Trachinotus falcatus) fishing quality and conservation threats in the Florida Keys: a recreational angler and fishing guide survey. Gulf and Caribbean Research. 00:000-000.
Piczak, M. L., Bzonek, P. A., Pratt, T. C., Sorensen, P. W., Stuart, I. G., Theÿsmeÿer, T., Mandrak, N. E., Midwood, J. D. and Cooke, S. J. In Press. Controlling common carp (Cyprinus carpio): barriers, biological traits, and selective fragmentation. Biological Invasions. 00:000-000.
Etherington, B. S., Piczak, M. L., LaRochelle, L., Gallagher, A. J. and Cooke, S. J. In Press. Effects of anthropogenic activities on scavenger communities in freshwater riparian zones of Eastern Ontario, Canada. Aquatic Ecology. 00:000-000.
Piczak, M. L., Brooks, J. L., Boston, C., Doka, S. E., Portiss, R., Lapointe N. W. R., Midwood, J. D. and Cooke, S.J. In Press. Spatial ecology of non-native common carp (Cyprinus carpio) in Lake Ontario with implications for management. Aquatic Sciences 00:000-000.
Cooke, S.J., M.L. Piczak, J.C. Vermaire and A.E. Kirkwood. In Press. On the troubling use of plastic “habitat” structures for fish in freshwater ecosystems – or – when restoration is just littering. FACETS Journal. 00:000-000.
McKenzie, C. M., Piczak, M. L., Snyman, H. N. et al. (2018). First report of ranavirus mortality in a common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina). Dis Aquat Org 132: 221-227.
Piczak, M. L. and Chow-Fraser, P. (2019). Assessment of critical habitat for common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) in an urbanized coastal wetland. Urban Ecosyst 22(3): 525-537.
Piczak, M. L., Markle, C. E. and Chow-Fraser, P. (2019). Decades of road mortality cause severe decline in a common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) population. Chelonian Conserv Bi 18(2):231-240.