15 years of impact on aquatic sciences and policy

Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) researchers make significant contributions to advancing aquatic sciences, forging industrial partnerships and government collaborations, and building the infrastructure to train and deliver the next generation of water resource scientists in Canada and beyond.

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CRI's high-impact research has had significant policy, regulatory and management outcomes for river ecosystems, and the professional development of current and future water resource specialists

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Our Objective

The objective of the CRI is to build a network of researchers with common interests in aquatic science across universities, government, and industry. The CRI uses a multidisciplinary and cross-sector approach to focus its research on societal demands for water resources while addressing the challenges of sustaining, healthy aquatic ecosystems. This innovative model merges academic ideas-based and applied needs-based science and promotes the rapid transfer of new knowledge to regulatory agencies to create effective public policy for improving society and the quality of life in Canada and abroad.

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Hynes Lectures

In 2002, the CRI initiated its annual lecture series by conferring of an Honorary Doctoral Degree to Dr. H.B.N. Hynes.

Dr. H.B. Noel Hynes is the world’s most renowned freshwater biologist and a Distinguished Emeritus Professor at the University of Waterloo. Referred to as "the father of running water ecology", he has published extensively, including his definitive textbook on river ecology, The Ecology of Running Waters.

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Education and Training

The CRI delivers undergraduate and graduate training in river sciences, and field-based, training opportunities for students and professionals in areas of benthic invertebrate sampling, electrofishing, watershed management, river restoration, ecosystem sciences, and ecotoxicology.


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Latest News

Improving municipal wastewater effects monitoring, developing next gen of science communicators

Mar 22 2017   |   by

Today, World Water Day (March 22) with its theme of “wastewater” is an opportunity to profile a prominent research program by a Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) Science Director, Dr. Mark Servos, who is investigating municipal wastewater effluent impacts on the Grand River watershed.

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Summer student opportunities in aquatic research at CRI

Mar 10 2017   |   by

Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow (CAST) project is seeking motivated and independent students to work in salmon research projects in the summer 2017.

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Aquatic Technician: Canadian Rivers Institute, Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick

Mar 10 2017   |   by

CRI at UNB is seeking an aquatic technician to assist with field programs including graduate students and staff needs of the Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow project

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Building a strong community of women in science, advancing interdisciplinary lab and field research

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International Women’s Day is an opportunity for the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) to highlight the critical contributions of one of the institute’s founding members, a leader in her research field, and a strong advocate for women in science: Dr. Deborah MacLatchy.

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Special notice: CRI Training and Professional Development office is closed

Feb 15 2017   |   by

Please note that the CRI Training and Professional Development office is closed while we prepare for the summer course season. Registration for summer courses will open April 1, 2017

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