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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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World-class Knowledge

The CRI has recruited internationally respected researchers dedicated to developing aquatic science

Meet the Experts Background World-class Knowledge

World-class Knowledge

The CRI has recruited internationally respected researchers dedicated to developing aquatic science

Meet the Experts Background

World-class Knowledge

The CRI has recruited internationally respected researchers dedicated to developing aquatic science

Meet the Experts Background

New Report

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

Fight to save Miramichi salmon run goes high-tech

Sep 13 2017

The days of waiting an entire year to get a look at the health of the Atlantic salmon population in the Miramichi River watershed are a thing of the past.
Fish movements in the river system are now being tracked live, by researchers with the Collaboration for Atlantic Salmon Tomorrow - a massive, multi-pronged initiative with representation from government, environmental and private...

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Health of the Saint John River Improving

Sep 13 2017

CRI Science Director Karen Kidd talks about her research showing improvements, including lower levels of contaminants and higher rates of biodiversity, in the Saint John Harbour. 

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Congratulations to the participants and contributors of the CREATE WATER program

Aug 29 2017

CRI scientists from six different universities collaborated as student supervisors in this multi-year initiative aimed at building the skills of the next generation of highly-qualified and experienced aquatic scientists.

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CRI Scientists Are Using Environmental DNA to Study Wetlands in Grand Lake Meadows

Jul 25 2017

Wetlands are a precious resource for Canadians, threatened by encroachment from development and society’s ever-increasing demands for water.

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Rivers to Oceans: next gen of estuarine scientists

Jun 12 2017

Their research is already making an impact with Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Province of Prince Edward Island who are using CRI students’ data, tools and models to support management of marine protected areas and integrated marine management initiatives.

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