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 a currently a post-doctoral fellow at Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Drake. I am researching the effects of different threats on species at risk. I am also an Associate Editor for Biological Invasions.

I completed my PhD (2019) in the Mandrak Lab at the University of Toronto and co-supervised by the late Dr. Olaf Weyl at the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity. I completed my MSc (2013) in the Ricciardi Lab at McGill University. I have worked on numerous research projects around the world: Canada, East Africa, Panama, and Southern 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, which is now run by Emily Chenery (website credit), who is a PhD student in the Molnar and Mandrak labs, and Vanessa Luzuriaga-Aveiga. Formerly, I was an executive on the EEB Graduate Student Association (EGSA) and President of the Graduate Student Association at Scarborough. In the community, I coordinated the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Association for Girls in Science (for 3 years) and have done 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
email: rowshyra.castaneda@mail.utoronto.ca
twitter: @rowshyra