H.B.N. Hynes Scholarship

Canadian Rivers Institute

Value: $1000

The annual scholarship is named in honour of Dr. H.B. Noel Hynes who is known as the "the father of running water ecology." The most renowned of freshwater biologists, Dr. Hynes wrote the first comprehensive running waters text book, "The Ecology of Running Waters" following his book on "The Biology of Polluted Waters."

He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1978, he was a Fellow of the Institute of Biology and the American Society for the Advancement of Science, Distinguished Emeritus Professor (Waterloo), and he held Honourary Degrees at Universities of London, Waterloo, and New Brunswick.

Among his awards are the Canadian Centenary Medal (1967), the Colonel Hilary Jolly Award of the Australian Society of Limnology (1985), the Award of Excellence from the North American Benthological Society (1988), and the Naumann-Thienemann Medal (1998) the highest award afforded an aquatic biologist by the Societas Internationalis Limnologiciae.

Application process and timeline

  • An application cover letter (a maximum of 500 words, standard business format, highlighting why your application should be considered) - evaluated at 25%

  • Your proposed or completed research (summary 3 pages maximum) describing how your research project and program support the objectives of the Canadian Rivers Institute and how they link to the works of Noel Hynes - evaluated at 60%

  • A CV (2 pages maximum) - evaluated at 15%

Submissions must include all of the above. They will be evaluated by a committee of the CRI Management Board and Emeritus and Honorary Science Directors.

Deadline for the 2017 applications - Oct 1st, 2017


Antoin O'Sullivan, PhD candidate at UNB (Supervised by Dr. Allen Curry) is the recipient of the 2018 HBN Hynes Scholarship.


Who can apply?

CRI Graduate Students. The application process alternates annually between MSc and PhD student applications.

Award announcement

The successful recipient will be announced during CRI Days.

Past Winners

2012: Christopher Tyrrell (PhD candidate, UNB-Fredericton)
2013: Katherine Standen (MSc candidate, UNB-Fredericton)
2014: Audrey Maheu (PhD candidate, INRS Quebec City)
2015: Michelle Lavery (MSc candidate, UNB-Fredericton)
2016: Sean Landsman (PhD candidate, UPEI)

2017: Kelli Charbonneau (MSc candidate, UNB)


Bud and Peggy Bird Scholarship

The Bud and Peggy Bird Scholarship is given to a graduate student directly engaged in research in support of wild Atlantic salmon conservation at the University of New Brunswick.

This Scholarship is made possible from a generous donation of the Chairman emeritus of the Miramichi Salmon Association, J.W. “Bud” Bird (LLD ’87), an enthusiastic salmon angler and conservationist, and his late wife Peggy, who passed away in 2013.  The donation to the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick is helping ensure that the mystery of declining wild Atlantic salmon stocks continues to be addressed by research in order to restore their numbers and secure their habitat for the future. 

As CRI Science Director Allen Curry (UNB Fredericton) commented “Wild Atlantic salmon need clean, free-flowing rivers and healthy oceans to survive their long migrations and we know that human activities can create stress on river ecosystems which in turn have negative impacts on wild Atlantic salmon populations.”


Congratulations to the inaugral recipient of the Bud and Peggy Bird Scholarship (2018), CRI student David Roth, PhD Canadidate , UNB Fredericton. He is working under the supervision of Dr. Tommi Linnansaari to study Smolt-to-Adult Supplementation (SAS).