Brittney G. Borowiec

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University

I'm a comparative physiologist at WLU, where I study how pesticides called TFM and niclosamide affect the mitochondria of sea lamprey. These eel-lookalikes are invasive in the Great Lakes region, and understanding how these chemicals work is key to keeping their populations in check and conserving native species.

I completed by PhD at McMaster University, where I studied how fish change their physiology to cope with low oxygen conditions. Low oxygen is a common and stressful event in the life of many fishes, and understanding how fish cope with different patterns of low oxygen can teach us a lot about their basic physiology and how they may respond to climate change.

My expertise is in zoology, hypoxia tolerance, thermal tolerance, respiratory physiology, oxygen transport, metabolism, and oxidative stress.

When not in the lab, I'm a freelance popular science writer. I'm broadly interested in science communication, science journalism, and creative writing. My full CV and science writing portfolio are available on my website (bgborowiec.com).

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Experience

  • 2019–present
    Postdoctoral fellow, Wilfrid Laurier University

Education

  • 2019 
    McMaster University, PhD in Biology
  • 2013 
    McMaster University, BSc in Biology (Physiology)