The Mandrak Lab members are involved in many different activities outside of the university ranging from science outreach to competitive sports.

On January 8, 2019: Erik , Fielding, and Nick played in the Professors/Grad Students vs Biological Sciences’ Undergrads annual basketball game. All three played hard to win. The Profs/Grads won 57-51! Great hustle team!

On September 22, 2018, Erik, Kyla, and Courtney participated in the Ontario Bioblitz in the Duffins watershed. They participated in an intensive fish sampling survey and public outreach.

Central Stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum)                         photo credit: Erik Dean

For IAGLR 2018 hosted at the University of Toronto Scarborough: Fielding Montgomery and Rowshyra Castaneda put together and co-chaired a session entitled: Modeling, Detecting, and Managing Rarity. It was a very well attended session!

On March 13th, Rowshyra ran a ‘Water quality through ecology” booth for 55 youth interested in discovering Canadian Marine Heritage through Project Coastline. She taught the youth about macroinvertebrates as bioindicators of water quality, invasive species, species at risk, and other ways to test water quality using chemistry.

On March 8th, Rowshyra, representing the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS), attended the Metamorphosis Girls in STEM Conference at John Polanyi Collegiate Institute, where she met lots of enthusiastic girls interested in STEM. She had lots of fun discussions.

On February 24th, Rowshyra visited Dr. Frank J. Hayden Secondary School to give a lecture entitled “Canadian aquatic ecosystems & impacts on human health” to a gr.11 Environmental Science class. They had a great discussion about Canadian marine and freshwater heritage and impacts of humans on these ecosystems. The talk was facilitated through Project Coastline.