Study Team

The large scale of this project demands a multi-tiered research management structure to ensure the rigorous and timely completion of all project study components and a successful integration with the needs of NB Power. 

The MAES Core Management Team (CMT) is Dr. Allen Curry (Principal Investigator), Dr. Tommi Linnansaari and Dr. Wendy Monk (Senior Research Associates), and the Project Manager, Gordon Yamazaki. 
A second tier of management is the eight Project Leaders who are responsible for managing their specific research activities and teams. 


Principal Investigator - Dr. Allen Curry
Senior Research Associate - Dr. Tommi Linnansaari
Senior Research Associate - Dr. Wendy Monk
Project Manager - Gordon Yamazaki

Postdoctoral Research Fellows -
Dr. Meghann Bruce
Dr. Zacchaeus Compson
Dr. Stephen Dugdale
Dr. Mouhamed Ndong
Dr. Laura Noel

Project Leaders - 
Dr. Donald Baird
Dr. Karl Butler 
Dr. Joseph Culp
Dr. Katy Haralampides
Dr. John Hughes Clark
Dr. Karen Kidd
Dr. Steve Peake
Dr. André St-Hilaire

Collaborators - Dr. Jessica Orlofske 
Project Staff and Technicians -
Adam Chateauvert
Mark Gautreau
Ben Wallace
Bronwyn Fleet-Pardy
Samantha Pettey
Caitlin Tarr
Jae Ogilvie
Marni Turnbull
Chris Palmer


Dr. Allen Curry

Principle Investigator
Professor, Biology, Forestry, and Environmental Management at UNB Fredericton


He was Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute for the last nine years and stepped down to lead MAES. His research spans a diversity of freshwater sciences including the ecology of fishes, river and lake food webs and ecosystems, and the connectivity of rivers in their landscapes. He teaches ecology, ecohydrology, forest engineering, and river habitats and hydraulics. Allen has authored 18 papers and reports on the Saint John River including studies of the fish and benthic communities, fish passage, water quality, nutrient state, environmental flows, and future climate scenarios. He was the co-editor and multi-chapter author of the recent Saint John River State of the Environment Report.

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Dr. Tommi Linnansaari

Senior Research Associate at UNB Fredericton


Tommi is an internationally recognized fish ecologist and ecohydrologist. His past research has concentrated on examining behaviour, movements and ecology of salmonid fishes in both natural and regulated rivers in seasonal environments. He is experienced in various fish telemetry techniques and fish habitat modelling approaches. He was the senior biologist at the Center for Environmental Design of Renewable Energy and SINTEF Energy Research, Norway where he designed environmental flow regimes and examined hydropower effects on fish populations. Recently, he was the lead author of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s, Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat’s “Review of approaches and methods to assess Environmental Flows across Canada and internationally” (2013).


Dr. Wendy Monk

Senior Research Associate, Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Managment at UNB Fredericton


Wendy has a research focuses on the spatial and temporal integration of hydrology and ecology (ecohydrology) within freshwater ecosystems. Her research combines data mining methods, geospatial analyses and multivariate statistical techniques to quantify variability in physical driver variables (e.g., climate, landscape and hydrology) and patterns in aquatic communities across a range of temporal and spatial scales. Wendy’s research and collaborations includes a hydrological regime classification of Canadian rivers, extensive flow-ecology analyses using the benthic macroinvertebrate community, the development of flow stressor-specific diagnostic indices, the development and application of regional reference condition models and the modeling of future river temperature scenarios.


Gordon Yamazaki

Project Manager and Senior Technical Writer at UNB Fredericton


Gordon is an expert in federal and provincial environmental assessment regulations and regulatory affairs, specifically as they relate to large-scale development and ecosystem restoration projects in New Brunswick. He was a key member of the environmental assessment team, and co-developed and managed the largest EA Follow-up Program ever undertaken within the Province of New Brunswick - the Petitcodiac Causeway Dam Removal Project in Moncton, New Brunswick. He was also the project manager for the Eel River Dam Removal project implementation and follow–up program in northern New Brunswick. Gordon has considerable previous experience working with NB Power as the Technical Writing Coordinator for the federal environmental assessment of the Proposed Modifications to the Point Lepreau Solid Radioactive Waste Management Facility. Gordon is also an aquatic ecologist, having designed, managed, and taken part in many aquatic baseline surveys in support of EAs, and is an expert in the environmental approvals process, including those required under the Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, the federal and provincial Species at Risk Acts, and the New Brunswick Clean Water Act.


Dr. Donald Baird

Environment Canada Research Scientist, Research Professor at UNB Fredericton, and a Science Director with the CRI


He has over 30 years of experience as a researcher in the area of ecological risk assessment. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed papers in the field of ecology and environmental assessment, and his recent research focuses on the ecohydrological assessment in both river and wetland habitats. He has and is supervising multiple student projects on the Saint John River. Donald has served as a science advisor for several international organisations in ecohydrology (WHO-Water, Ramsar Secretariat, UNDP) and has extensive previous research experience in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

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Dr. Karl Butler

Professor of Geology and Geological Engineering at UNB Fredericton


He is a geophysicist with particular expertise in the application of seismic and electrical methods to investigations of hydrogeological and geotechnical problems. He has prior experience in the acquisition, processing and interpretation of subbottom profiling surveys for near shore sedimentology studies in the Bay of Fundy and Petitcodiac River, and for investigations of the glacial sediment aquifer system underlying the Saint John River at Fredericton.


Dr. Joseph Culp

Environment Canada Research Scientist, Research Professor at UNB Fredericton, and a Science Director with the CRI


His research investigates the combined effects of nutrients, sediments and insecticides on taxonomic and trait composition of stream benthos through integrated field and mesocosm investigations. He has and is supervising multiple student projects on the Saint John River. Recent investigations also examine the development of aquatic biodiversity monitoring programs for the circumpolar Arctic, and the impacts of permafrost degradation on stream community structure and function. He is also the co-lead of the Arctic Council’s Freshwater Expert Monitoring Group of the Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program.

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Dr. Katy Haralampides

Professor of Civil Engineering at UNB Fredericton


She has an active research program in ecohydraulics, conducting multidisciplinary projects using numerical and physical models to understand the circulation and shear stress distributions of various estuaries and rivers, including the associated movement and fate of sediment. She has rejuvenated the UNB Civil Engineering Hydraulics Laboratory, including establishing a sediment dynamics facility with new instrumentation and flumes. Over the last decade, one of her primary research focuses has involved the development of hydrodynamic models as well as field and laboratory studies of sediment transport associated with the Petitcodiac River Dam removal in New Brunswick. She is currently working collaboratively on a study investigating the circulation and sediment dynamics of the Port of Saint John.


Dr. John Hughes Clark

Professor Geodesy and Geomatics and Chair of Ocean Mapping at UNB Fredericton


Precise definition of the submerged topography and distribution of sediment is a critical prerequisite for accurate hydrodynamic and sediment transport models . John is the Chair in Ocean Mapping at UNB and has 30 years of experience in submarine acoustic surveying. He has previously applied this experience in support of studies of seabed erosion and deposition in all three of Canada’s oceans. His group currently run mapping platforms in the Eastern Canadian Arctic and the fjords of British Columbia. He has previously mapped much of the Saint John River from Fredericton to the sea. He is currently mapping sedimentation and circulation patterns for the Saint John Port Authority.


Dr. Karen Kidd

Professor of Biology and Ecotoxicology, Canada Research Chair in Chemical Contamination of Food Webs at UNB Saint John, and Chair of the Science Directors Board, CRI


She is studying the effects of metals, industrial chemicals and pesticides on fish and aquatic invertebrates. Her research includes assessing how human activities such as runoff from municipalities, industries, agriculture and aquaculture affect the abundance of species and structure of aquatic food webs. She has over 20 years of experience in assessing biotic and abiotic contaminant concentrations and their effects on individuals, populations, and food web structure, including use of stable isotopes, in freshwater and marine systems, including whole ecosystem studies on lakes and wetlands.

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Dr. Steve Peake

Professor of Fish Physiology at UNB Fredericton


His research has focused on hydro dams, fish passage, fish behaviour, and sturgeon ecology. He has also studied fish passage systems across North America and he has first-hand experience with many of the techniques to be employed.


Dr. André St. Hilaire

Professor of Hydrology, Environment and Statistics at INRS, Université du Québec, CRI Science Director, and Past-President of the CWRA-ACRH


His research has focused on hydrological and water temperature modelling for the last 10 years. He has developed and/or adapted several thermal models used to analyse and simulate river water temperature. He participated in a major project that developed a water temperature model for the St.Lawrence River,which wasapplied to additionally develop a fish habitat model. Andre has modelled river temperatures for Hydro Québec/Ouranos to characterize thermal refugia for salmonids and he is currently leading a water temperature forecast modelling project for impounded rivers with hydraulic structures operated and managed by Rio Tinto Alcan. He has also modelled turbidity of the Saint John River for the Saint John Port Authority.

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