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

Postdoctoral Researcher opportunity at Canadian Rivers Institute at UNB

Jan 16 2017   |   by

Post-Doctoral Researcher in Fish Ecology and Fish Passage to join Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study team

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UNB work-study position with CRI: communications assistant

Dec 14 2016   |   by

The Communications Assistant will work directly with the Communications Officer over the winter term to assist in delivering the objectives of the CRI’s communications plan.

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Canadian Rivers Institute alumni receives Royal Appointment

Dec 01 2016   |   by

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) is pleased to share that CRI at University of New Brunswick alumni, Karma Tenzin, was recently appointed as Zimpon Wogma (Deputy Chamberlain) to his Majesty The King of Bhutan.

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New study finds life under the ice is diverse, complex and surprisingly active

Nov 29 2016   |   by

As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It’s difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren’t doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists looking at more than 100 lakes now concludes that life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active.

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MSc Positions at StrEAMS lab: Stream ecosystem response to cumulative land use effects

Nov 10 2016   |   by

Student projects will include both observational and experimental field studies as well opportunities to conduct controlled experiments at a state of the art artificial stream facility. Potential study areas include southern Ontario and Southern Manitoba, Canada. Opportunities for collaboration and lab exchanges at Environment Canada facilities exist.

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