Study with internationally recognized aquatic scientists

Graduate students affiliated with the Canadian Rivers Institute pursue their research and studies under the supervision of one or more Science Directors and/or Associates. Research topics are broad ranging and include topics such as: effects of various land use practices on fish reproduction, the effect of mercury in lakes, food web dynamics, and stable isotope studies.

“In my opinion, CRI provides me with the two most important things for my future career: expertise in my research field and communication skills.”

To date, CRI scientists have mentored more than 450 students, attracted to the CRI's internationally recognized expertise and applied research projects. CRI alumni have come from around the world, including all Canadian provinces and territories, Bhutan, Chile, China, Finland, Italy, New Zealand, Romania, and Senegal.  

After their time with the CRI, students move into the workforce, many occupying prominent jobs in natural resource industries and aquatic and environmental consultancies; university professors and research scientists; and regulators in all levels of government.


- Comments from a survey to CRI graduate students and alumni in February 2016, administered by CRI post-doctoral research fellows Dr. Meghann Bruce and Dr. Zacchaeus Compson.

 
List of Current Graduate Students 

 

Jordan Anderson

University of Ontario Institute of Technology - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Douglas Holdway

The growth and reproductive effects of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin on American flagfish (Jordanella floridae)

Contact Jordan Anderson

Sam Andrews

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Allen Curry

Restoration Potential for Reproduction by Striped Bass in the Saint John River, New Brunswick

Contact Sam Andrews

Maricor Arlos

University of Waterloo - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Mark Servos

Development of TiO2 nanowire membranes for removal of emerging contaminants and endocrine effects

Contact Maricor Arlos

Daniel Arluison

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Movements and habitat use by Atlantic and Shortnose Sturgeon in the Saint John River

Contact Daniel Arluison

Mike Arsenault

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry and Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

 

Contact Mike Arsenault

Amanda Babin

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Tommi Linnansaari and Dr. Allen Curry

Atlantic salmon movements within the Mactaquac Generating Station reservoir

Contact Amanda Babin

Joannie Beaupre

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) at the Université du Québec
CRI Lab: Dr. Andre St-Hilare

Contact Joannie Beaupre

Laureline Berthot

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) at the Université du Québec
CRI Lab: Dr. Andre St-Hilare

Comparison des methodes d'evaluation des debits environnementaux au Quebec dans un contexte hydrologique et climatique actuel et futur

Contact Laureline Berthot

Lindsay Beyger

University of Ontario Institute of Technology - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Douglas Holdway

Bioenergetics effects of contaminants on fish

Contact Lindsay Beyger

Martin Boissonnault

University of New Brunswick - MScE
CRI Lab: Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie

An assessment of a stream-based monitoring technique to detect the migration of stray gas

Contact Martin Boissonnault

Zachary Bourque

University of New Brunswick - MEM
CRI Lab: Dr. Michelle Gray

Slimy sculpin population health in watersheds influenced by different levels of forest management activities

Contact Zachary Bourque

Ian Bragdon

University of New Brunswick - MScE
CRI Lab: Kerry MacQuarrie

Denitrification in riparian groundwater

Contact Ian Bragdon

Yureidy Cabrera

Universidad de Guadalajara - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Consuelo Aguilar

Contact Yureidy Cabrera

Ryan Carrow

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

Monitoring movement and behaviour between wild and smolt-to-adult supplementation (SAS) Atlantic salmon in the Miramichi River

Contact Ryan Carrow

Gaetano Cecere

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) at the Universite du Quebec - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Andre St-Hilaire

Atlantic salmon spawning habitat mapping using high-resolution aerial imagery

Contact Gaetano Cecere

Kelli Charbonneau

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Karen Kidd and Dr. Michelle Gray

Effects of forestry on mercury in stream food webs

Contact Kelli Charbonneau

Christine Chase

University of New Brunswick - MEng
CRI Lab: Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie

Stable isotopes in precipitation in NB

Contact Christine Chase

Almudena Chaumel

Prothea Group - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. David Armanini

Contact Almudena Chaumel

Mike Coffin

University of Prince Edward Island - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel and Dr. Simon Courtenay

Linking nutrient loading to biological effects in estuaries of the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Canada.

Contact Mike Coffin

Emily Corey

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Rick Cunjak and Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

Biological significance of thermal refugia for juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) in a changing climate

Contact Emily Corey

Matthew Cowley

University of Waterloo - MES
CRI Lab: Dr. Simon Courtenay

Role of woody debris in structuring nearshore fish assemblages of the Great Lakes

Contact Matthew Cowley

Kara Cox

University of Waterloo - MES
CRI Lab: Dr. Simon Courtenay

Examining the impact of micro plastics on the Great Lakes ecosystem

Contact Kara Cox

Zachary Currie

University of Saskatchewan - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Natacha Hogan

Photo-induced toxicity of PAHs and mixtures in amphibians

Contact Zachary Currie

Samantha Deeming

Wilfrid Laurier University - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Deborah MacLatchy

Effects of municipal waste water on fish reproduction

Contact Samantha Deeming

Brittany Dixon

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

Near dam, spatio-temporal distribution of migrating American Eel elvers

Contact Brittany Dixon

Michael Dunning

University of Waterloo - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Mark Servos

Potential use of retinoids as bioindicators of ecological change

Contact Michael Dunning

Allison Dykstra

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Joseph Culp

 

Contact Allison Dykstra

Sondra Eger

University of Waterloo - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Simon Courtenay

Moving from recommendations to action: looking at how to implement monitoring programs in support of cumulative effects monitoring (CEA) at the watershed scale

Contact Sondra Eger

Habiba Ferchichi

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) at the Université du Québec
CRI Lab: Dr. Andre St-Hilare

 

Contact Habiba Ferchichi

Allison (Dickhout) Ferguson

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michelle Gray and Dr. Allen Curry

Characterization of biological patterns in a groundwater-dominated river system

Contact Allison (Dickhout) Ferguson

Melanie Gallant

University of Saskatchewan - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Natacha Hogan

Immune system development and immunotoxicity in amphibians

Contact Melanie Gallant

Jeremy Grimstead

University of Western Ontario - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

Identification of Thresholds in Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities Associated with Agricultural Land Use Patterns

Contact Jeremy Grimstead

Carissa Grove

University of Prince Edward Island - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

 

Contact Carissa Grove

Sandra Gutierrez

Universidad de Guadalajara - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Consuelo Aguilar

Ecomorfología trófica de los principales grupos funcionales de peces demersales en la laguna Barra de Navidad.

Contact Sandra Gutierrez

Adrian Hards

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Rick Cunjak

How does hydropower affect the growth and survival of slimy sculpin?

Contact Adrian Hards

Jani Helminen

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

Salmon population assessment using ARIS sonars

Contact Jani Helminen

Jesse Hitchcock

University of Prince Edward Island - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel and Dr. Simon Courtenay

The health and distribution of eelgrass (Zostera marina) in relation to land use intensity in the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence

Contact Jesse Hitchcock

Elaine Ho

Universiy of Waterloo - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Simon Courtenay

Cumulative effects and climate change: implementing effective long-term biomonitoring in the face of uncertainty

Contact Elaine Ho

Julia Howland

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Joseph Culp

Nutrient-contaminant effects on stream invertebrate communities

Contact Julia Howland

Beverly Hussey

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Donald Baird

Stable isotope analysis of food web structure of two contrasting subarctic rivers

Contact Beverly Hussey

Craig Irwin

University of Western Ontario - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

Functional Habitat Partitioning to Evaluate Stream Metabolism in a Large Regulated River

Contact Craig Irwin

Travis James

University of Prince Edward Island - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Investigating movement and population structure of Atlantic Halibut (Hippoglossus Hippoglossus) in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Contact Travis James

Thiviya Kanagasbesa

Wilfrid Laurier University - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Deborah MacLatchy

Characterization of estrogen biosynthesis in mummichog

Contact Thiviya Kanagasbesa

Kyle Knysh

University of Prince Edward Island - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel and Dr. Simon Courtenay

Pesticide effects on amphipods

Contact Kyle Knysh

Shawn Kroetsch

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Scott Pavey and Dr. Karen Kidd

Molecular ecology of benthic macroinvertebrates

Contact Shawn Kroetsch

Edward Krynak

University of Western Ontario - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

Relationship between benthic macroinvertebrate community size distribution and agricultural activity in lotic ecosystems

Contact Edward Krynak

Sean Landsman

University of Prince Edward Island - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Evaluating fish passage in Prince Edward Island rivers

Contact Sean Landsman

Nathalie LeBlanc

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Scott Pavey

Ecological Genomics of Striped Bass

Contact Nathalie LeBlanc

Heather Leschied

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michelle Gray

Relationship between benthic macroinvertebrate species traits and forest harvest practices in the Flathead River Watershed

Contact Heather Leschied

Emma Lippert

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Contact Emma Lippert

Diana Loomer

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie

Groundwater quality and methane occurance in southern New Brunswick

Contact Diana Loomer

Chris Lucas

University of Western Ontario - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

 

Contact Chris Lucas

James McCarthy

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Reservoir creation and productivity

Contact James McCarthy

Sarah McKenzie

University of Western Ontario - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

Contact Sarah McKenzie

Vince McMullin

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Simon Courtenay and Dr. Heather Hunt

Caged bivales as an indicator of environmental quality

Contact Vince McMullin

Huy Nguyen

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Characterizations of plankton communities in the Mactaquac reservoir and downstream Saint John River

Contact Huy Nguyen

Zoe O'Malley

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry and Dr. Wendy Monk

Invertebrate species at risk in the Saint John River

Contact Zoe O'Malley

Calvin O'Neill

University of New Brunswick - MScE
CRI Lab: Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie

 

Contact Calvin O'Neill

Antoin O'Sullivan

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Predicting the occurrence of cold-water as a function of landscape variables in the Miramichi watershed

Contact Antoin O'Sullivan

Sebastien Ouellet-Proulx

Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) at the Université du Québec - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Andre St-Hilare

Comparision of evapotranspiration algorithms and adaptation of the CEQUEAU thermal model for impounded rivers

Contact Sebastien Ouellet-Proulx

Kristin Painter

University of Western Ontario - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

Contact Kristin Painter

Zacharias Pandelides

University of Ontario Institute of Technology - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Douglas Holdway

The effects of dehydroabietic acid (DHAA) on energy metabolism in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Contact Zacharias Pandelides

Nolan Pearce

University of Western Ontario - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

Land use effects and the influence of nutrient pulses on the ecological status of Great Lakes tributaries in southern Ontario

Contact Nolan Pearce

Faith Penny

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Scott Pavey

Physiological Adaptations in Striped Bass

Contact Faith Penny

Kate Prestie

University of Saskatchewan - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Tim Jardine

Development of a fish biomonitoring program for northern Saskatchewan

Contact Kate Prestie

Natalie Rideout

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Donald Baird

Assessing the impacts of disturbance on a floodplain wetland complex: linking macroinvertebrate traits with ecosystem function

Contact Natalie Rideout

Larissa Roehl

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Scott Pavey

Contact Larissa Roehl

Scott Roloson

University of Prince Edward Island - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Movement patterns of non-native rainbow trout on Prince Edward Island with special focus on the interactions with native salmonids

Contact Scott Roloson

David Roth

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

Smolt-to-Adult Supplementation (SAS)

Contact David Roth

Kate Rundle

University of Prince Edward Island - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Mechanism of Naphthenic Acids

Contact Kate Rundle

Jon Rush

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Karen Kidd and Dr. Heather Hunt

Transfer of contaminants and nutrients from aquaculture to benthic invertebrates

Contact Jon Rush

Gaby Ruso

University of Saskatchewan - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Tim Jardine

Assessing wood frog (Lithobates sylvaticus) abundance and immune health in agriculturally impacted wetlands

Contact Gaby Ruso

Robert Rutherford

Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Deborah MacLatchy

Effects of model androgen on steroid biosynthesis

Contact Robert Rutherford

Kathleen Sarty

University of Florida - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Chris Matryniuk

 

Contact Kathleen Sarty

Bradley Scott

University of Prince Edward Island - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Novel Androgen Receptor in the Three-spined Stickleback

Contact Bradley Scott

Stephen Srayko

University of Saskatchewan - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Tim Jardine

Seasonal migration of corixids and implication for riverine food webs

Contact Stephen Srayko

Nivetha Srikanthan

University of Waterloo - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Mark Servos

Contact Nivetha Srikanthan

Nicole Stamnes

University of Waterloo - MES
CRI Lab: Dr. Simon Courtenay

Connecting watershed monitoring to decision-making for the Northumberland Strait – Environmental Monitoring Partnership (NorSt-EMP) with the application of a BowTie analysis

Contact Nicole Stamnes

Kean Steeves

University of Saskatchewan - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Natacha Hogan

Assessing endocrine potential of wastewater effluent

Contact Kean Steeves

Laura Taylor

University of Prince Edward Island - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Michael van den Heuvel

Effects of the organophosphate chlorpyrifos on larval lobster survival

Contact Laura Taylor

Constanze Tenhaeff

University of New Brunswick - MEM
CRI Lab: Dr. Michelle Gray

Contact Constanze Tenhaeff

Betsy Ugberase

University of New Brunswick - MEM
CRI Lab: Dr. Michelle Gray

Contact Betsy Ugberase

Erin Ussery

University of Ontario Institute of Technology - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Douglas Holdway

The effects of metformin on Japanese medaka (Oryzias latipes) growth, development, reproduction and sexual differentiation

Contact Erin Ussery

Jenna Webb

University of Western Ontario - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Adam Yates

differentiation

Contact Jenna Webb

Bernhard Wegscheider

University of New Brunswick - PhD
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Development of a quantitative fish habitat model in the Saint John River

Contact Bernhard Wegscheider

Brian Youden

University of Waterloo - MSc
CRI Lab: Mark Servos

Contact Brian Youden

Fang Yuan

University of New Brunswick - MF
CRI Lab: Dr. Michelle Gray

Site-specific water quality guidelines and trends for surface water in New Brunswick

Contact Fang Yuan

Tana Yun

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie

Simulation of seasonal heat transport through an embankment dam to detect localized seepage

Contact Tana Yun

Kaleb Zelman

University of New Brunswick - MSc
CRI Lab: Dr. Allen Curry

Spatial Ecology and Spawning/Nursery Habitat of Muskellunge in the Saint John River

Contact Kaleb Zelman