February 21, 2007

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New CRI mugs and water bottles - on sale now

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February 01, 2007

Welcome - February 2007 issue


The monthly sCRIbbles will be the main route for communication of events, news bits, research productivity, and new endeavours for the CRI so we hope you support sCRIbbles by ensuring that you send us any pertinent information that you feel should be included (any and all CRI members) and for those from outside of CRI we would love to hear any comments that you may have about sCRIbbles.

If you have any questions regarding sCRIbbles, please email katy@unb.ca or m.gray@unb.ca and if you are interested in, or have questions directed at, any particular CRI research lab please visit the individual lab web pages at www.unb.ca/cri to get more information or contact information.

Thanks and we hope you enjoy our Canadian Rivers Institute newsletter, sCRIbbles.

- Michelle and Katy

Recent Happenings - MacQuarrie Lab

Kerry MacQuarrie has returned from a sabbatical year that included a research visit to CSIRO Land and Water, in Perth, Western Australia. Kerry interacted primarily with researchers in the water resource protection stream, see:

Kerry was involved with several research projects including a modelling-based interpretation of stable isotope field data to identify the fate of chlorinated solvents in groundwater, and reactive transport modelling of riverbank filtration processes.

Recent Happenings - Peake Lab

At the University of Manitoba, Cameron Barth, PhD student, and Peter Allen, Post-Doctoral Fellow, are working on research projects directed at understanding the ecology and environmental physiology of lake sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens. Currently, Cam is elucidating relationships between age, diet and habit use in juvenile lake sturgeon. Peter is investigating calcium regulation in lake sturgeon, and how reproductive development affects whole body calcium regulation. Both Cam and Peter's research projects are based at the Canadian Rivers Institute's Manitoba Field Station with Dr. Stephan Peake and at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Gary Anderson.

Recent Happenings - Baird Lab

Environment Canada, CRI and the University of Canberra, Australia partner in developing on-line training in biomonitoring

A four-day strategic planning workshop was held on November 20-23, 2006 in Fredericton to bring together Environment Canada staff, research scientists from University of New Brunswick and the Canadian Rivers Institute and University of Canberra, Australia to develop a national online training program for the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN). The University of Canberra developed a successful national training program for stream monitoring in Australia and has been running the program over the past two years. Scientists from Canberra visited with EC and CRI staff to assist in the development of these tools in Canada. With the assistance of the University of Canberra and partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute and the University of New Brunswick, an online training program should be available for trialing by CABIN partners in Spring 2007. This program will provide accreditation for anyone interested in collecting biomonitoring data and contributing to the Environment Canada CABIN Program.

For more information on CABIN visit:

New CRI People

(Supervisor's name in brackets)

Dr. Natasha Hogan, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Joint between Dr. Mike van den Heuvel's Lab at UPEI and the MacLatchy Lab at UNB Saint John.

Laura Henderson. Ecology of age-0 lake sturgeon. Currently a technician, starting an M.Sc. in 2007 (Dr. Steve Peake).

Holly Labadie. Ecology of adult lake sturgeon. Currently a technician, starting an M.Sc. in 2007 (Dr. Steve Peake).

Daniel Paynter. Invertebrate community in juvenile sturgeon nursery habitat. Currently an undergraduate doing a senior research project (Dr. Steve Peake).

Sylvie Morton. Well field properties near Research Wells 1 and 2, North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Currently an undergrad, starting an M.Sc.E. in 2007 (Dr. Kerry MacQuarrie).

Completed Students

Rainie Sharpe, PhD. Investigation of effects and mechanisms of endocrine disruption by _-sitosterol in goldfish (Carassius auratus). December 2006 (Dr. Deb MacLatchy).

Journal Article Publications

Galloway, B.J. and K.R. Munkittrick. 2006. Seasonal changes in liver size, condition and gonadal development of selected forage fish in New Brunswick, Canada. J. Fish Biol.: 69:1788-1806.

Haralampides, K. and A. Rodriguez. 2006. Erosional properties of the sediments in the Petitcodiac River estuary at Moncton, NB. Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering 33:1209-1216.

Jardine, T.D., K.A. Kidd and A.T. Fisk. 2006. Applications and assumptions of stable isotope analysis in ecotoxicology. Environ. Sci. Technol. 40(24):7501-7511.

Qiu, W., Zheng, Y., and K. Haralampides. 2007. Study on a novel POM-based magnetic photocatalyst: Photocatalytic degradation and magnetic separation. Chemical Engineering Journal. 125(2007) 165-176.

Sigourney, D.B., B.H. Letcher, and R.A. Cunjak. 2006. Influence of beaver activity on summer growth and condition of age-2 Atlantic salmon parr. Trans. Amer. Fish. Soc. 135: 1068-1075.

Conference and Invited Presentations

Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research. January 4-7, 2007. Montreal, PQ.

Breau, C, R. A. Cunjak, and S. J. Peake. 2007.Behaviour at high temperatures: does physiology explain movement of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) to cooler water?

Curry, C., D.J. Baird, and R.A. Curry. 2007. Assessment of larval odonate biodiversity in two tributary watersheds of the Saint John River, New Brunswick.

Enders, E.C., T. Castro-Santos, S. Peake, A. Haro, and D. Scruton. 2007. The effects of horizontally- and vertically-oriented vortices on the swimming performance of upstream migrating brook charr (Salvelinus fontinalis).

Kidd, K.A. 2007. Responses of a freshwater food web to whole-lake additions of a potent estrogen.

Peake, S. 2007. Hydroelectric dams are not necessarily bad for fish: ecology of a thriving population of lake sturgeon downstream of a generating station on the Winnipeg River.

Wyn, B., K. Kidd, R.A. Curry, and N. Burgess. 2007. Factors affecting mercury concentrations in fish from acidified food webs in Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia.

5th International Conference on Ecological Informatics ISEI5. Dec. 3-7, 2006 Santa Barbara, CA, USA.

Horrigan, N. and D.J. Baird. 2007. Using artificial neural network models to diagnose potential causes of impairment in stressed river invertebrate communities.

Pascoe, T., T. Kralidis, J. Cree, and D.J. Baird. 2007. BugML: An XML standard for sharing and interoperability of aquatic biomonitoring data across distributed databases.

Rubach, M, P. Van den Brink, and D.J. Baird. 2007. Assessing ecosystem health and impairment by species traits and their relation to stressors.

State of the Saint John River Conference, January 8-9 2007, Fredericton, NB.

Goldschneider, A.A., K. Haralampides, and K.T.B. MacQuarrie. 2007. River sediment and flow characteristics near a bank filtration water supply: implications for riverbed clogging.

Gray. M.A., S.M. Brasfield, and K.R. Munkittrick. 2007. Overview of agricultural studies on the upper Saint John River basin.

Jardine, T.D., and K.A. Kidd. 2007. Mercury sources and fate in the Grand Lake region of the St. John River.

MacLatchy, D.L., M.G. Dubé, K.S. Shaughnessy, A.M. Belknap, C.B. Milestone and L.M. Hewitt. 2007. Investigation of cause at Irving Pulp and Paper, Ltd: A ten-year retrospective.

MacQuarrie, K.T.B. 2007. Connections between the Saint John River and municipal groundwater supplies.

Breau, C., R.A. Cunjack, S.J. Peake. 2007. Behaviour at high water temperature: can physiology explain movement of juvenile Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) to cool water? The Salmonid Science Workshop, Jan 23, 2007. Boistown, New Brunswick.

MacLatchy, D.L. and Melvin, S. 2007. Investigation of Cause Study: Activity 2. Mummichog adult and partial lifecyle tests. Multi-mill Consortium Presentation. Jan 2007, Ottawa, ON.

Recent Courses

K. Munkittrick, K. Kidd, M. Hewitt, M. McMaster and 4 others co-taught a graduate student course entitled “Pulp Mill industry and its impacts on the aquatic ecosystems” Environmental Sciences Center EULA-Chile, Universidad de Concepción, 22-26 January 2007, Concepción, Chile.

The Practical multivariate statistics course for biologists held January 9th instructed by Dr. Nelli Horrigan was a great success with strong reviews from the 24 participants who attended. Anyone interested in any future offerings of this course should watch the CRI website (www.unb.ca/cri/courses.html) or contact Michelle Gray, CRI Training Coordinator: m.gray@unb.ca.

New Proposals

Allen, P.J., S. Peake, and Anderson, G. Development of a minimally-invasive technique to predict future reproductive capacity in lake sturgeon populations. Funding Agency: Great Lakes Fisheries Trust. Tenure of Award: 2008-2009. Jan 2007.

Curry, R., K. Kidd, D. MacLatchy and K. Munkittrick. Effects of tourism on coral reef health in Cuba. UNB International Research Seed Grant. 2007. Jan 2007.

Gray, M.A., R.A. Curry. Development of aquatic health assessment tools for NB agricultural regions. Canada – New Brunswick Water Management Program Tier 3 Strategic Initiatives. 2007-2008. Dec 2006.

Haralampides, K. The Green Power of Blue: Environmentally Responsible Tidal Power. New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Research Assistantship Initiative, 2007-2008. Jan 2007.

Haralampides, K. An eco-hydraulics habitat enhancement project for wild Atlantic salmon. New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Research Assistantship Initiative, 2007-2008. Jan 2007.

Kidd. K. and K. Munkittrick. Assessment of fisheries in nearshore marine areas impacted by municipal wastewaters. New Brunswick Innovation Foundation Research Assistantship Initiative. 2007-2008. Jan 2007.

Kidd, K. and T. Jardine. Assessment of mercury levels in New Brunswick waterways: the continued development of sentinel species. New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund. 2007. Dec 2006.

Kidd. K. and T. Jardine. Fish health indicators in New Brunswick streams: interacting effects of mercury and selenium. New Brunswick Wildlife Trust Fund. 2007. Dec 2006.

MacQuarrie, K.T.B. Groundwater flow characterization for Research Wells 1 and 2, North Battleford, Saskatchewan: Implications for Well Performance. City of North Battleford. 2007-08. Jan 2007.

Munkittrick, K.R., M.A. Gray, S. Dalton, T. Needham, K. Reimer, and B. Bramble. Developing a management strategy for cumulative impact assessment for watersheds. Canadian Water Network Knowledge Transfer Funding. 2007-2009. Dec 2006.

Peake, S. Development of a submersible radio frequency identification system for passive monitoring of juvenile lake sturgeon. Funding Agency: Great Lakes Fisheries Trust. Tenure of Award: 2008-2009. Jan 2007.

Peake, S. Ecology and behaviour of juvenile lake sturgeon, and identification of factors that impact carrying capacity and population structure in nursery areas. Funding Agency: Great Lakes Fisheries Trust. Tenure of Award: 2008-2010. Jan 2007.

Peake, S. An evaluation of two commercially available sonar units for locating lake sturgeon spawning areas and rapidly assessing population parameters in large water bodies. Funding Agency: Great Lakes Fisheries Trust. Tenure of Award: 2008-2009. Jan 2007.

New Projects

Gray, M.A., S. Nichols (U Canberra). Develop online Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network(CABIN) training courses for delivery through the Canadian Rivers Institute. Environment Canada. Jan 2006.

Kidd, K. and B. Wyn. Mercury concentrations in fish from Kejimkujik National Park. Environment Canada. 2007.

Kidd, K. Effects of freshwater aquaculture on native food webs. Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 2007.

Peake, S. Ecology and habitat use by lake sturgeon in the Winnipeg River. Funding Agency: Manitoba Hydro. Tenure of award: 2007 – 2013. Jan 2007.


Congratulations to Kari Long and her husband Herb who welcomed their second child, Hans Rowan, on January 14, 2007. Hans Rowan was born in Penticton, BC at 8 lbs, 11 oz.

Karen Kidd was elected to the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry’s North American Board of Directors for a 3-year term from Nov 2006 – Nov 2009.

Michael Gallant returned from a one-year posting in Mali working on the Multifunctional Platform Project through Engineers Without Borders.


Congratulations go out to Tim Jardine and Laura Sweeney who married over the holidays in Nova Scotia on December 28, 2006.
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