Meghan Fuzzen

PhD (Graduated fall 2016)


Determining the link between individual and population level effects of Municipal Wastewater Effluent on Rainbow Darters.

Research Interests

My research as a PhD student in the lab of Mark Servos is to further define the impacts of Municipal Wastewater effluent (MWWE) in Kitchener-Waterloo on the health and reproduction of a native fish species, the Rainbow Darter. Some of the questions that I will be asking are:

  1. Does MWWE impact the ability of Rainbow Darters to reproduce successfully?
  2. If so, how does this impact the genetic diversity of populations of Rainbow darters living near MWWE outfalls? 
  3. Do measurements taken in field surveys and assessments accurately predict the reproductive success, and population level effects of MWWE on fish?

Personal Interests

I love spending time outside, especially around water. Learning how to surf this past winter was a dream come true. I also play the violin in the University of Waterloo Orchestra. Keep an eye out for one of our free concerts at the end of each semester.

Maghan sampling in the trailer

After completing a MITAC PDF at McMaster University, Meghan has joined the UW Covid-19 wastewater surveillance team at UW.