Allen Curry

Professor of Biology


Forestry and Environmental Management

Bailey Hall 139

1 506 452 6208

Principal, Forestry and Environmental Management
Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute
Cloverleaf/DNR Professor of Recreational Fisheries

Academic interests

  • Ecology of fish in rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coral reefs
  • Aquatic habitats, landscape modeling
  • Thermal infrared and topobathymetry technologies
  • Large dam renewals
  • Freshwater fishes of Atlantic Canada

Brief biography

Dr. Allen Curry grew up in the Muskoka Region of Ontario and spent his early years surrounded by rivers, lakes, and forests. He followed his passion into his professional life and academic career. Allen joined us at UNB in 1995 and is currently a professor in both the Biology and Forestry and Environmental Management Departments. He specializes in aquatic ecology and ecohydrology and his research interests and publications span a diversity of freshwater, estuary, and coral reef sciences including the ecology of fishes, food webs, and rivers and their landscapes.

Allen held the position of Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute from 2003 until 2013 and he currently holds the position of Science Director, and remains one of the key players in the organization. Allen holds the Cloverleaf/NBDNR Professorship in Recreational Fisheries and is Assistant Director of the NB Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He also was one of the lead investigators in the Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study.

Courses taught

  • Hypothesis Testing in Environmental Sciences
  • Independent Studies
  • MEM Project Report
  • Ecology
  • Stream Hydrology and Habitats
  • Ecohydrology
  • Advanced Aquatic Ecology
  • Fall Field Camp
  • Structural Design

Selected research

Finley, M.L.D., Kidd, K.A., Curry, R.A., Lescord, G.L., Clayden, M.G., O'Driscoll, N.J. 2016. A comparison of mercury biomagnification through lacustrine food webs supporting Brook Trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) and other salmonid fishes. Frontiers in Environmental Science

Andrews, S., Wallace, B., Gautreau, M., Linnansaari, T., and Curry, R.A. 2016. The complex and ephemeral Striped Bass, Morone saxatilis, of the Saint John River, New Brunswick: Past, Present and Future. North American Journal of Fisheries Management (in press).

Kurylyk, B.L., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, T. Linnansaari, R.A. Cunjak, and R.A. Curry. 2014. Preserving, augmenting, and creating cold-water thermal refugia in rivers: concepts derived from research on the Miramichi River, New Brunswick (Canada). Ecohydrology DOI: 10.1002/eco.1566.

Lapointe, N.W.R., S.J. Cooke, J.G. Imhof, D. Boisclair, J.M. Casselman, R.A. Curry, O.E. Langer, R.L. McLaughlin, C.K. Minns, J.R. Post, M. Power, J.B. Rasmussen, J.D. Reynolds, J.S. Richardson, W.M. Tonn. 2013. Principles for ensuring healthy and productive freshwater ecosystems that support sustainable fisheries. Environmental Reviews 22: 110-134.

Curry, R.A., L. Bernatchez, F. Whoriskey, and C. Audet. 2010. Evolution of facultative anadromy in brook charr. Rev. Fish Biology and Fish 20:557-570.