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

CRI’s SINLAB leading the way in identifying global patterns in biodiversity interactions

May 18 2017   |   by

Researchers at CRI’s Stable Isotopes in Nature Laboratory (SINLAB) are using stable isotope analysis to contribute to the global understanding of biological diversity by measuring functional diversity of ecological communities across the globe.

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Ecogenomics: answering complex questions of ecosystem composition for fisheries’ conservation

Apr 26 2017   |   by

Dr. Scott Pavey is an emerging leader in the innovative field of ecogenomics. He uses ‘big data’ supercomputers to scan entire genomes from individual animals and fish as well as environmental samples (water and soil). This allows him to investigate at high resolution both the species present in aquatic ecosystems as well as how populations are connected and locally adapted to their

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Tracing contaminants of public health concern through aquatic food webs

Apr 07 2017   |   by

Researchers at the CRI are dedicated to understanding and advancing the science of aquatic ecosystem health. Dr. Karen Kidd and her team at the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) is making the link to human health by tracing the existence of persistent contaminants of public health concern in aquatic systems around the world.

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MSc Opportunity: Atlantic Salmon Radiotelemetry

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A highly motivated and independent M.Sc. student is sought to undertake a radiotelemetry project to understand movements and behaviour of adult Atlantic salmon in the Miramichi River, New Brunswick.

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PhD Opportunity: Assessment of smolt-to-adult supplementation strategy for Atlantic Salmon

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A mature and experienced Ph.D. candidate is sought for a project evaluating the benefits and risks of smolt-to-adult supplementation strategy in a controlled field environment (experimental stream).

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