On July 1, 2015, Dr. Mike van den Heuvel takes the reins as Director of CRI. Mike came to the Biology Department at the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) as the Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecological Integrity in 2005 and is cross-appointed to Biomedical Sciences at the Atlantic Veterinary College. Since CRI’s inception in 2001, UPEI has worked closely with UNB on developing the CRI so it was only natural that Mike should become an Associate Fellow when he arrived, then a full Fellow (subsequently renamed Science Director) in 2007, and now Director. Mike teaches Environmental Toxicology and has a very active research lab of 14 graduate students ranging from estuarine ecology, through oil sands toxicology to cancer research.
Mike is excited to build on CRI’s solid reputation in river sciences to increase CRI’s recognition nationally and internationally. His vision includes a stronger integration of the social sciences in our interdisciplinary approach, stronger engagement of our members including students and alumni, and better communication among all members. In his new role, Mike will be reaching out for ideas on opportunities to continue to build CRI as a truly national, and internationally recognized, centre of expertise in river sciences.