Trina Rytwinski

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Degrees:B.Sc. (Cape Breton), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Carleton)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 6590
Office:Cooke lab
Website:Visit my lab website

Current Research

My research focuses on understanding the circumstances in which roads and traffic affect wildlife populations. I am particularly interested in looking at species traits and their behavioural responses to roads, to determine which species or species groups are most vulnerable to road impacts, and determining ways to mitigate road effects.  My current research focuses on two aspects: (1) determining ways to improve knowledge on the influence of mitigation measures on wildlife populations through experiments, and (2) assessing the use and effectiveness of mitigation measures intended to decrease road related impacts on wildlife.

Selected Publications

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

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: