Canada Research Chairs

The Government of Canada has created a permanent Canada Research Chair Program. Its goal is to attract and retain highly qualified researchers whose aim is to achieve research excellence. 

The Canadian Rivers Institute is home to 6 Canada Research Chairs.

Tier I Research Chairs

Canada Research Chair in River Ecosystem Science:

Dr. Rick Cunjak - CRI Science Director. Professor at the CRI and Department of Biology, UNB-Fredericton Campus.

Research focuses on development of a detailed assessment of the aquatic habitats of the Atlantic Salmon population in New Brunswick's rivers and bays.

Canada Research Chair in Ecosystem Health Assessment

Dr. Kelly Munkittrick - CRI Fellow. Professor at the CRI and Department of Biology, UNB-Saint John Campus.

Research focuses on the fish populations of the Saint John River and the effects of industrial and urban effluents.

Tier II  Research Chairs

Canada Research Chair in Chemical Contamination of Food Webs:

Dr. Karen Kidd - CRI Science Director. Professor at the CRI and Department of Biology, UNB-Saint John Campus.

Research focuses on understanding the factors that affect the accumulation of persistent pollutants through freshwater food webs, as well as the effects of human stressors, such as municipal effluents, on aquatic organisms and their food webs.

Canada Research Chair in Groundwater-Surface Water Interaction:

Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie - CRI Science Director. Professor of Civil Engineering UNB-Fredericton Campus.

Research focuses on groundwater-surface water interactions, an area of importance often ignored in research and water-management policies.

Canada Research Chair in Watershed Ecology Integrity:

Dr. Michael van den Heuvel - CRI Science Director. Professor at the CRI and Departments of Biology and Veterinary Medicine, UPEI.

Research focuses on the health of freshwater and near-shore marine environments.

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Biology:

Dr. Chris Martyniuk, CRI Science Director. Professor in the CRI and Department of Biology, UNB-Saint John Campus.

Research focuses on the effects of pesticides, herbicides and industrial waste on fish genetics to determine effects of these toxins on human health and fish health.