15 years of impact on aquatic sciences and policy

Canadian Rivers Institute (CR) 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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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

Post-doctoral positions in NSERC Visiting Fellowships in Canadian Government Laboratories Program

Oct 19 2016   |   by

Recent PhD graduates, and soon to be graduates, are encouraged to apply to the NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories Program

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News Release: River science powerhouse emerges in Canada

Sep 22 2016   |   by

The Canadian Rivers Institute is releasing a report today highlighting its first 15 years of achievements since its founding in 2001, in anticipation of World Rivers Day on September 25.

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PhD Position in Aquatic Ecotoxicology

Aug 31 2016   |   by

A PhD position is available at the Canadian Rivers Institute and Biology Department, University of New Brunswick Saint John to assess landscape-level, cumulative impacts of forestry on stream ecosystems.

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MSc opportunity: impacts of salmon aquaculture on shallow cobble habitat

Aug 16 2016   |   by

The new MSc student will compare biodiversity and abundance of benthic invertebrates and fishes colonizing cobble-filled bio-collectors deployed at cobble sites near and away from aquaculture cages, as well as at reference sites.

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Citizen Science and Protecting our Rivers

Jul 05 2016   |   by

Dr. Michelle Gray Commentary, originally published in the Telegraph Journal July 4, 2016

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