Trina Rytwinski

Research Scientist

Trina’s research focuses on understanding the circumstances in which anthropogenic impacts (e.g., roads, dams) affect wildlife populations. She is particularly interested in determining which species or species groups are most vulnerable to human impacts, and determining ways to mitigate negative effects. Her research has focused on two themes: (1) the impacts of roads on wildlife populations, and (2) using evidence synthesis to inform management decisions. Trina is currently working with Dr. Steven Cooke and Dr. Joseph Bennett with the Canadian Centre for Evidence-Based Conservation involved with conducting evidence synthesis and meta-analysis.

Personal website: https://trinarytwinski.ca/

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Background

Post-Doc, Carleton University (part-time 2013-2016), Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig

Contract Biologist, Alterra, Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands (Dec 2014-Jun 2015)

Contract Biologist, University of Melbourne, Australia (Dec 2013-May 2014)

Ph.D. Biology, Carleton University (2007-2012)

Dissertation Title: The effects of species behavioural responses to roads and life history traits on their population level responses to roads. Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig

Research Biologist/Crew leader, University of New Brunswick (2006-2007)

M.Sc. Biology, Carleton University (2004-2006) Thesis Title: The effect of road density on white-footed mice (Peromyscus leucopus) relative abundance in rural and urban landscapes in eastern Ontario.           Supervisor: Dr. Lenore Fahrig

B.Sc. Biology (with Honours), Cape Breton University (2000-2004) Thesis Title: Plant use by native and non-native lady beetles (Coccinellidae) in Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. Supervisor: Dr. David McCorquodale

Lab Publications (24)

  • Thomas-Walters, L., E.A. Nyboer, J.J.Taylor, T. Rytwinski, J.F. Lane, N. Young, J.R. Bennett, V.M. Nguyen, N. Harron, S.M. Aitken, G. Auld, D. Browne, A.L. Jacob, K. Prior, P.A. Smith, K.E. Smokorowski and S.M. Alexander and S.J. Cooke. 2021. An optimistic outlook on the use of evidence syntheses to inform environmental decision making. Conservation Science and Practice. 00:000-000.

  • Taylor, J.J., T. Rytwinski, A. Smith, M. Piczak, S. Garden, R. Lennox, and S.J. Cooke. 2021. A synthesis of DFO contributions to freshwater fish habitat science since the 1950s. A report submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

  • Cooke, S.J., V.M. Nguyen, N. Young, A.J. Reid, D.G. Roche, N.J. Bennett, T. Rytwinski and J.R. Bennett. 2021. Contemporary authorship guidelines fail to recognize diverse contributions in conservation science research. Ecological Solutions and Evidence. 2(2):e12060.

  • Henri, D.A., J.F. Provencher, E. Bowles,  J.J. Taylor, J. Steel, C. Chelick,  J.N. Popp, S.J. Cooke, T. Rytwinski, D. McGregor, A.T. Ford and S.M. Alexander.  In Press.  Weaving Indigenous knowledge systems and Western sciences in terrestrial research, monitoring, and management in Canada: a protocol for a systematic map.  Ecological Solutions and Evidence.  00:000-000.

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    Rytwinski, T., S.J. Cooke, J.J. Taylor, D.G. Roche, P.A. Smith, G.W. Mitchell, K.E. Smokorowski, K.A. Prior and J.R. Bennett.  2021. Acting in the face of evidentiary ambiguity, bias, and absence arising from systematic reviews in applied environmental science. Science of the Total Environment. 775:145122.

See All 24 Publications by Trina Rytwinski


Other Publications

Teixeira FZ, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L. 2020. Inference in road ecology research: what we know versus what we think we know. Biology Letters 16: 20200140 (DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2020.0140).

Haddaway NR, Rytwinski T (2018). Meta-analysis is not an exact science: call for guidance on quantitative synthesis decisions. Environment International 000:000-000 (online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envint.2018.02.018)

Rytwinski T, Soanes K, Jaeger J A G, Fahrig L, Findlay C S, Houlahan J, van der Ree R,  van der Grift EA (2016). How effective is road mitigation at reducing road-kill? A meta-analysis. PLOS one, 11. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166941.

Downing RJ, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2015) Positive Effects of Roads on Small Mammals: A Test of the Predation Release Hypothesis. Ecological Research 30:651-662.

Rytwinski T, van der Ree R, Cunnington G, Fahrig L, Findlay S, Houlahan J, Jaeger JAG, Soanes K, van der Grift EA (2015) Experimental Study Designs to Improve the Evaluation of Road Mitigation Measures for Wildlife. Journal of Environmental Management 154:48-64.

Jack J, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L, Francis, CM (2015) Influence of traffic mortality on forest bird abundance. Biodiversity and Conservation 24:1507-1529.

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2015) The impacts of roads and traffic on terrestrial animal populations. In: van der Ree R, Smith, D, Grilo C (eds). Handbook of Road Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

van der Ree R, Jaeger JAG, Rytwinski T, van der Grift E (2015) Good science and experimentation are needed in road ecology. In: van der Ree R, Smith, D, Grilo C (eds). Handbook of Road Ecology. John Wiley & Sons, Oxford.

Rytwinski T (2014) Literature review and survey design recommendations for a road effects study on Cerulean Warblers in Ontario. Final Report. Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Region.

Dorland A, Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2014) Do Roads Reduce Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta) Populations? PLOS one (online: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098414)

Pfeifer, M., Lefebvre, V., Gardner, T., Baeten, L., Banks-Leite, C., Barlow, J., Betts, M.,Brunet, J., Cerezo, A., Cisneros, L., Collard, S., d’Cruze, N., da Silva Motta, C., Duguay, S., Eggermont, H., Eigenbrod, F., Hadley, A., Hanson, T., Hawes, J., Heartsill Scalley, T., Klingbeil, B., Kolb, A., Kormann, U., Kumar, S., Lachat, T., Lakeman Fraser, P., Lantschner, V., Laurance, W., Lens, L., Marsh, C., Medina-Rangel, G., Melles, S., Mezger, D., Overal, W., Owen, C., Peres, C., Phalan, B., Pidgeon, A., Pilia, O., Possingham, H., Possingham, M., Raheem, D., Ribeiro, D., Robinson, R., Robinson, W., Rytwinski, T., Scherber, C., Slade, E., Somarriba, E., Stouffer, P., Struebig, M., Tylianakis, J., Tscharntke, T., Tyre, A., Urbina Cardona, J., Vasconcelos, H., Wells, K., Willig, M., Wood, E., Young, R., Bradley, A., Ewers, R  (2014) BIOFRAG – A new database for analysing biodiversity responses to forest fragmentation. Ecology and Evolution (online: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ece3.1036/full)

Rytwinski, T, Fahrig L (2013) Why are some animal populations unaffected or positively affected by roads? Oecologia (online: DOI 10.1007/s00442-013-2684-x)

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2012) Do species life history traits explain population responses to roads? A meta-analysis. Biological Conservation 147:87–98

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2011) Reproductive rates and body size predict road impacts on mammal abundance.  Ecological Applications 21:589–600

Fahrig L, Rytwinski T (2009) Effects of roads on animal abundance: an empirical review and synthesis. Ecology and Society 14:21, (online: http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol14/iss1/art21/)

Rytwinski T, Fahrig L (2007) Effect of road density on abundance of white-footed mice. Landscape Ecology 22:1501–1512