Mike Parna BSc

Senior Techanican  | River and Stream Ecology Lab

I developed a love for fishing and the outdoors at a young age and this passion led me to pursue working in fish and aquatic sciences.  My academic studies at the University of Toronto in Environmental Science gave me theoretical knowledge about environmental sciences and riverine processes that helped make my dreams a reality. 

My professional career began with working for several conservation authorities conducting stream and river monitoring.  I then worked for the Biodiversity and Asian Carp Monitoring programs at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. For the past several years I have worked as a technician with MNRF’s Aquatic Research and Monitoring Section in both the Aquatic Species at Risk and Rivers and Streams Ecology Research Labs 

My work experiences have allowed me to work on flowing waters of all types across the province from the Far North to southwestern tip of Ontario, and on a wide variety of flora and fauna found in Ontario’s streams, including benthic invertebrates, freshwater mussels, crayfish and fish (from American Eel to Warmouth). 

I joined the River and Stream Ecology Lab on a permanent basis in the beginning of 2017 as a Senior Research Technician and am pleased to be able to continue working on Ontario's flowing waters and researching the organisms found within them.