About Me

I am a biologist broadly interested in applied ecology and conservation of aquatic ecosystems. Specifically, I study ways in which we can conserve fishes at risk of extinction and predict the spread of invasive species. I am currently a PhD student in the Mandrak Lab at the University of Toronto and co-supervised by Dr. Olaf Weyl at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. I have worked on numerous research projects around the world: Canada, East Africa, Panama, and South Africa.

Other than being in the field and working in the lab, I am an active volunteer. Within the University, I founded the UTSC Ecology and Evolution Journal Club, and thankfully continue to run it with Emily Chenery (website credit), who is a PhD student in the Molnar and Mandrak labs. I am also an executive on the EEB Graduate Student Association (EGSA) and President of the Graduate Student Association at Scarborough. In the community, I coordinate the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) and do lots of other outreach activities (see Science Outreach tab).

Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail Toronto, ON M1C 1A4 (416) 208-2249 rowshyra.castaneda@mail.utoronto.ca
Dept. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology University of Toronto Scarborough 1265 Military Trail Toronto, ON M1C 1A4 (416) 208-2249 rowshyra.castaneda@mail.utoronto.ca

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