January 31, 2009

Welcome to sCRIbbles 2009 + Director's Note

2008 has been another great year for the CRI. We’ve added many new projects, students, staff, and we’ve lost a few people who’ve graduated and moved on in their careers. Our professional development programmes are flourishing and our new undergraduate programme, Water Resources Major, in the new BSc in Environment and Natural Resources at UNB which began in September 2008. We’ll be launching a new website soon with a new look and more information. I’m looking forward to even more excitement in 2009.

- Allen Curry, Director CRI

Well we have started the year off with a new edition of sCRIbbles and will now publish/post the main editions every 4 months (Jan, May, Sep). We will still post news items and other timely newsworthy items as they happen.

We hope you read it, enjoy it, and pass it along to others - come back often to see current updates through the semester.

Thanks to everyone who made their submissions for this edition of sCRIbbles! Each Fellow's Lab has its own sCRIbe - if you want your info included, make sure you contact your friendly sCRIbe.

- Michelle Gray - "Editor" for sCRIbbles

Recent Happenings - CCFFR

The Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR) conference was well attended by CRI folks and was a huge success - the city of Ottawa was bustling and beautiful.

Recent Happenings - Baird Lab

Baird Lab goes Brazilian: July 20-25 2008, Jeff, Wendy, Colin, Salomé Menezes (Portugal) and the head honcho himself attended the 8th INTECOL International Wetlands Conference in Cuiabá, Brazil. Held every 4 years, this is the foremost gathering of wetland scientists and conservationists in the world. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss current research and global challenges facing wetlands with other students and researchers. Donald co-chaired a workshop with Max Finlayson looking at the responses of freshwater systems to agricultural intensification in the Northern and Southern hemispheres that focused on problems as well as solutions. The UNB contingent was very fortunate to have local student Carla Velasquez provide a personal tour of the University of Mato Grosso, its incredible insect collection, and the university Zoo!

Recent Happenings - Culp Lab

Students of the Culp lab continue to reside in the Enterprise building, ‘building #2’, although it’s marked number eight on the outside (different from where we were last year, in the main enterprise building)… Also housed in our vicinity are students from a number of different labs including the Baird lab, Courtenay lab and Curry lab.

A gang of CULPrits went to ATW in Saskatoon in October. Heidi LeBlanc. gave a talk entitled Effects of a ternary agricultural insecticide mixture on two aquatic invertebrates. Laura G. gave a talk entitled An Assessment of Land-use Effects on Stream Metabolism. Touring the extensive lab facilities at the NWRI head office was enjoyed by all!

Alexa Alexander won the Board of Governors Award this fall. Congratulations, Alexa!

Heidi LeBlanc is in Saint John and is in the process of completing her MSc thesis.
Laura Grace is in Burlington and is in the process of completing her MSc thesis.

Allison Ritcey spent the summer doing field work in northern Labrador to study subarctic stream food webs and functional processes such as decomposition and primary production. The scenery was magnificent, the food was great and Inuit friends were made. And of course, lots of work was done!

Recent Happenings - Cunjak Lab

Also, this past December the Cunjak lab organised the CRI Christmas Party. With nearly 60 people attending, the celebration went off without a hitch. To catch up those who couldn’t attend, the night included dinner, planet earth trivia, smashing our sturgeon piñata smashing (video of piñata smashing) and followed up with plenty of karaoke and dancing. Thanks to everyone for joining in on the fun this year.

Also, thank you for purchasing tickets for our raffle basket. All the proceeds were donated to Grace House and we managed to raise almost $300!

Katrina Chu has taken on a new part-time position as lab technician in the Stable Isotope Lab (SINLAB) to learn the special techniques associated with stable isotope analysis. In the SINLAB Katrina is responsible for running the NC2500 as well as the Delta XP Mass Spectrometer.

Members of the Cunjak lab (Kurt, Katrina and Britt) attended this year’s CCFFR conference held in Ottawa, ON in early January. Katrina gave a great presentation on her research surrounding the effects of artificial fertilization on productivity within inner Bay of Fundy streams. Both Kurt and Britt didn’t present at this conference but were fantastic moral support for Katrina, great job guys!

Recent Happenings - Kidd Lab

In January, Leanne Baker successfully completed her proposal defence/candidacy exam for her thesis on “Whole-pond experiments to investigate the ecosystem-level effects and interactions of applications of the herbicide, glyphosate and fertilizers to invertebrate communities”.

Heidi Swanson travelled to Quebec City in December to present her work at the annual ArcticNet conference. She has just returned from Kugluktuk, Nunauvt, where she organized and led a 1-week career and technology studies course for Inuit youth. The youth learned about water quality, fish population, fish health assessment, and climate change and loved learning about otoliths!

In December, Tim Jardine returned to Saint John from his “postdoctoral appointment” with the Australian Rivers Institute and very successfully defended his PhD thesis. He and his wife Laura also had a beautiful baby girl, Edie Lillian Jardine, in September. Congratulations Tim on a very eventful fall!

In the fall, Karen Kidd started at 3-year appointment to NSERC’s Evolution and Ecology Grant Selection Committee, and participated on the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board Ecological Processes and Effects Committee to review methods for deriving water quality criteria for emerging contaminants.

She traveled to beautiful Devon, U.K. in October to give an invited talk at a workshop on Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, and to Tampa, Florida in November to give a plenary lecture at the North American meeting of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

Most recently, she accepted a one year appointment to be a Science Communication Fellow with the non-profit Environmental Health Sciences group in the U.S. (www.environmentalhealthsciences.org). In this position, she will work with 9 other Fellows and several journalists to communicate environmental sciences to the public and to bridge the science – policy gap.

Karen Kidd, Heidi Swanson, Leanne Baker and Monica Finley
soaking up some science (honest!) in Tampa, Florida at the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry meeting, November 2008

Recent Happenings - MacLatchy Lab

Much has changed over the past year or so for Dr. Deb MacLatchy. Having recently moved provinces to take up the position of Dean of Science at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, there was much to be done to get a new lab up and running!

Since June of 2008 Dr. MacLatchy and her lab have been setting up a wet lab, dry lab, and office, not to mention getting to know each other as everyone was new to the lab.

Since receiving the first batch of “Ontario” mummichog (with thanks to Deb’s UNBSJ students for sending them our way) we have run various exposures and are well on our way to establishing another successful productive lab!

Deborah MacLatchy has very recently been appointed as Vice-President Academic and Provost at Wilfrid Laurier University (starting date 01 March 2009).

Deborah MacLatchy has been appointed to the Committee for Research Partnerships at NSERC. This is a three-year appointment (2008-2011). This committee oversees the Partnership programs at NSERC (including the Collaborative Research and Development, Strategic, etc. programs).

A three-year Strategic grant has been awarded to CRI Fellows D. MacLatchy and K. Munkittrick (with collaborators S. Currie, M. Servos, M. Hewitt and C. Wood), entitled "Improving regulatory assessments of endocrine disrupting contaminants in Canadian marine environments".

Thijs Bosker won 1st place in the Student Platform competition at the Aquatic Toxicology Workshop (ATW) in Saskatoon, SK in October 2008 for his presentation titled: Reducing variance and increasing power of reproductive bioassays by understanding spawning behaviour.

Recent Happenings - Peake Lab

Peter Allen, post-doc at the University of Manitoba for the past couple of years of Steve Peake and Gary Anderson (CRI Associate Fellow) - has recently been offered a faculty position as a Fish Physiologist at Mississippi State University starting in July 2009.

Congratulations Peter!!!

Recent Happenings - St. Hilaire Lab

André St-Hilaire is chairing the organizing committee of the 2009 conference of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA). The conference theme is: Water quantity and quality: trends and new challenges in water resources management. Information can be found at www.cwra2009.org. Valerie Ouellet and Anik Daigle are also involved in the organization of this conference.

André is also the co-organizer of a workshop to be held in Moncton in April 2009 entitled “Of scales and indices: bridging the land/water divide”. This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners who are working on assessing the ecological health of rivers and coastal zones with the objective of discussing future research needs, with an emphasis on attempting to find common ground between terrestrial and aquatic ecologists.

Dae Jeong is a post-doctoral fellow working on the development of a statistical downscaling method in order to generate multisite climate information. General Circulation Models (GCMs) commonly operate at large spatial scales and provide a reasonable representation of global and continental scale processes. Statistical downscaling is a way to infer local information from coarse scale information by applying statistical links between large scale fields and local conditions.

Anik Daigle is working on various different projects: 1) the comparison of parametric and non-parametric estimations of annual water temperature cycle starting date (with André St-Hilaire, Taha B.M.J. Ouarda, INRS-ETE; and Laurent Bilodeau, Hydro-Québec); 2) Multivariate modeling of water temperature in the Okanagan system (with André St-Hilaire, INRS-ETE; Daniel Peters and Donald Baird, Environment Canada); and 3) Analyses of streamflow characteristics of Quebec and Atlantic Provinces rivers (with Daniel Caissie and Loubna Benyahya, Fisheries and Oceans; André St-Hilaire, INRS-ETE; and Dan Beveridge, UNB).

Recent Happenings - van den Heuvel Lab

Jennifer van der Lee, former lab technician in the van den Heuvel lab, was accepted into first year of the DVM program at the Atlantic Veterinary College and began her studies in Sept 2008.

Dr. Natacha Hogan, former post-doctoral fellow with M. van den Heuvel and D. MacLatchy, has started a 3-year term position as an Assistant Professor in the Biology Department at UPEI. She has also been recently appointed as an Associate Fellow of the CRI. Her research interests centre around the physiology and aquatic toxicology of amphibians and fishes. Her work aims to better understand the mechanisms by which molecular and cellular responses contribute to contaminant effects at the organ, organism and population levels. She is currently teaching two upper-level courses, Wildlife Biology and Endocrinology. www.upei.ca/biology/hogan

New People - Baird Lab

David Armanini – originally from Milan, Italy (PhD University of Milan)

Post-doctoral researcher - David is an aquatic ecologist with a background in river quality assessment and climate change effects on freshwater ecosystems. He has just received his PhD at the University of Milan (Italy) and will join the CRI in early February 2009 as a postdoctoral researcher in river biomonitoring and diagnostics development in Donald Baird's lab.

New People - Courtenay Lab

Allan Debertin – originally from St. Stephen, NB (BSc Mount Allison University)
Abundance, distribution and predator-prey interactions of selected pelagic fish species and their prey on the Northumberland Strait. MSc project.

Sarah Dickison – originally from Fredericton, NB (BSc UNB)
Toxicity of dispersed oil for Atlantic herring (Clupea harengus) embryos. MSc Project.

Michael Sweezey – originally from Miramichi, NB (BSc Queen’s University)
The importance of seasonal migrations to freshwater overwintering habitats for the life cycle of the American eel (Anguilla rostrata). MSc project.

Jared Tomie – originally from Sydney, NS (BSc CBU)
The burrowing behaviour of the American eel (Anguilla rostrata). MSc. project.

New People - Culp Lab

Allison Ritcey – originally from Moncton NB (BSc UNB Fredericton)
Stream Ecosystem Function in the Torngat Mountains National Park, Labrador MSc project.

New People - Cunjak Lab

Kurt Samways - originally from Regina, SK (BSc U of Regina, MSc U of Regina)

The importance of marine derived nutrients delivered to Atlantic rivers
by anadromous fishes. PhD project.

Brittany Graham - (BSc University of Minnesota, MSc Michigan State University, PhD University of Hawaii).

Post-doctoral researcher and Science Manager in the Stable Isotopes in Nature Lab (SINLAB).

John Landau - Lab Technician (SINLAB)

John will be working in the SINLAB and operate the NC2500 and the Delta XP Mass Spectrometer. Both Katrina and John are taking over for Mireille Savoy when she goes on maternity leave in the coming weeks.

Andrew Honey - Lab Technician (SINLAB)

3rd year mechanical engineering student working with the SINLAB as a work study student. His duties include weighing samples and standards for the lab.

New People - Curry Lab

Kyoungmi Kang – originally from South Korea (PhD Pukyong National University)
Effect of environment change on migration behavior and space-use within home range of anadromous fish.

Behavioral characteristics of black rockfish Sebastes schlegeli and black seabream Acanthopagrus schlegeli in the marine ranching area.

Effect of bridge construction on environment and fish behavior in the river. Post-doctoral researcher.

Andrea Chute – originally from Sudbury ON (BSc Guelph University)
Trophic ecology of juvenile Arctic charr, Salvelinus alpinus, in a tundra watershed of northern Labrador, Canada. MSc project.

Murray Somers
– originally from Cardigan, PEI. (BSc Lakehead University)
The development of a predictive model for brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) status in New Brunswick streams MSc project.

Amanda Valois – originally from Thunder Bay, ON (MSc Laurentian University)
Lab Manager, Benthic Macroinvertebrate (BMI) Lab

Although Mark is hardly 'new' to the CRI (he has been working for Allen Curry since 1998!) - he is a new part-time grad student (woohoo for Mark!):

Mark Gautreau - originally from Miramichi, NB (BSc UNB)
Fish passage at culverts in New Brunswick. MSc project. (co-supervisors: S. Peake and A. Curry)

New People - Haralampides Lab

Mark Wojda – originally from Thunder Bay, ON (BScE Queen’s University)
Fate of Petitcodiac River sediments in Shepody Bay. MSc project.

Danika Matheron
– originally from France (l’École des Mines)
Current field modelling and measurement in the Port of Saint John. MSc project.

Christopher Balram – originally from Fredericton, NB (BScE UNB)
Hydrodynamic and sediment analysis of Eel River. MSc project.

Brent Newton
– originally from Black River Bridge, NB (BScE UNB)
Flood management topic to be determined soon! MEng project.

Rachel Jones
– originally from Welsford, NB (BScE UNB)
Water resources topic to be determined soon! MEng. project.

New People - MacLatchy Lab

Robert Rutherford – originally from Hamilton, ON (BSc U of Guelph)
Identifying pulp and paper mill condensates causing reproductive endocrine disruption. MSc project.

Phillip Scott - Originally from St. Catharines, ON (BSc Wilfrid Laurier)
The effects of pulp and paper mill effluent on fish reproductive systems.
MSc project.

Allison Van Slack - Originally from Port Colburne, ON
The effects of ethynylestradiol on the mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) reproductive system. Undergraduate Honours Thesis.

New People - Munkittrick Lab

Tim Barrett - originally from Quispamsis NB (BSc (Math) UNB)
Studying life history traits of fish species for selection of appropriate sentinels for environmental effects monitoring programs in Canada and South America. MSc project (Biology).

Sumith Jayakody - originally from Sri Lanka (BSc (Agriculture) U of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka; MSc (Environmental Engineering) Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand)

Effects-based health assessment of impacts of agriculture and pesticide use on indigenous/native fish species in the Uma Oya (Sri Lanka) catchment. PhD project.

Gila Somers – originally from Yellowknife NWT (HBES Lakehead University)
Riparian health assessment of the Upper Kennebecasis River. MSc project.

New People - Peake Lab

Kelly Sparks – originally from Missouri USA (BSC Southeast Missouri State University). Impacts of juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens) density on adult recruitment. MSc project.

Claire Hrenchuk – originally from Winnipeg MB (BSc U of Winnipeg)
The effect of hydropower activity on growth and movements of juvenile lake sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens). MSc project.

Although Mark is hardly 'new' to the CRI (he has been working for Allen Curry since 1998!) - he is a new part-time grad student (woohoo for Mark!):

Mark Gautreau - originally from Miramichi, NB (BSc UNB)
Fish passage at culverts in New Brunswick. MSc project. (co-supervisors: S. Peake and A. Curry)

New People - St. Hilaire Lab

Sandra Proulx-Mc Innis. Hydrological budget and mapping of a highly aqualysed fen, Baie-James, Quebec. MSc project.

Hélène Higgins. Estimation and modeling of annual suspended sediment yield using turbidity measurements and hydroclimatic data in the Saint John river, New-Brunswick. MSc project. (co-supervised by S. Courtenay and K. Haralimpedes).

New People - Associate's Labs

Christina Pater - (BSc UPEI)
The status of fish communities in Prince Edward Island estuary eelgrass beds
MSc project. Supervisor: Dr. Kevin Teather

Completed students

Vince McMullin. M.Sc. 2006-2008. An investigation of temporal and spatial reproductive variability associated with northern mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus macrolepidotus) spawning activity in the lower Saint John River.

Co-supervised - K. Munkittrick and D. Methven
Defense - May 26, 2008
Currently – Research Assistant, CRI

Lisa Bowron. MSc. 2006-2008. Responses of white sucker (Catostomus commersoni) populations to changes in pulp mill effluent discharges.

Supervisor - K. Munkittrick
Defense - June 20, 2008
Currently – Research Assistant, CRI

Steve Melvin. MSc. 2006-2008. Reproductive endocrine response of two small-bodied fish, the mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus) and the fathead minnow (Pimephales promelas) exposed to pulp mill effluent

Co-supervised - K. Munkittrick and D. MacLatchy
Defense - September 11, 2008
Currently- Continuing graduate student with Dr. Houlahan

Chris Blanar. Ph.D., 2001-2008. Parasites as biological indicators of pollution: metal contamination and Discocotyle sagittata infection on juvenile Atlantic salmon.

Co-supervised - K. Munkittrick and D. MacLatchy
Defense - October 16, 2008

Jennifer Adams. MSc. 2006-2008. The use of laboratory and field data to evaluate the response of Little River fish populations to improved oil refinery wastewater.

Co-supervised - K. Munkittrick and D. MacLatchy
Defense - November 17, 2008
Current position – Research Assistant, CRI

Megan A. Finley. MSc. Determining the suitability of mummichog (Fundulus heteroclitus macrolepidotus) for the assessment of cumulative and non-point source pollution in Prince Edward Island.

Supervisor - M. van den Heuvel
Defense - November 21, 2008
Current position – PhD Candidate, CRI

Tim Jardine. PhD. Using multiple sentinel species and stable isotopes to understand mercury sources and fate in temperate streams.

Supervisor - K. Kidd
Defense - December 18, 2008
Current position - Post-doctoral Researcher, Australian Rivers Institute (ARI)

Publications/Conference proceedings/Reports

Journal articles

Alexander, A.C., K.S. Heard, and J.M. Culp. 2008.
Emergent body size of mayfly survivors. Freshwater Biol. 53: 171-180

Allen, P.J., C.C. Barth, S.J. Peake, M.V. Abrahams, and W.G. Anderson. 2009. Cohesive social behavior shortens the stress response: the effects of conspecifics on the stress response in lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens. J. Fish Biol. 74: 90-104.

Couillard, C.M., R.W. Macdonald, S.C. Courtenay, and V.P. Palace. 2008. Interactions between toxic chemicals and other environmental factors affecting the risk of impacts on aquatic organisms: A review with a Canadian perspective – Interactions affecting exposure. Environ. Rev. 16: 1-17.

Couillard, C.M., S.C. Courtenay, and R.W Macdonald. 2008. Interactions between toxic chemicals and other environmental factors affecting the risk of impacts on aquatic organisms: A review with a Canadian perspective – Interactions affecting vulnerability. Environ. Rev. 16: 19-44.

Fraser, D.S., K. O’Halloran, and M.R. van den Heuvel. 2008. Toxicity of pulp and paper solid organic waste constituents to terrestrial organisms. Chemosphere. 74: 660-668.

Gielen, G.J.H.P., M.R. van den Heuvel, P.W. Clinton, and L.G. Greenfield. 2009. Factors impacting on pharmaceutical leaching following sewage application to land. Chemosphere 74: 537-542.

Guildford, S.J., D.C.G. Muir, M. Houde, M.S. Evans, K.A. Kidd, D.M. Whittle, K. Drouillard, X. Wang, R. Anderson, C.R. Bronte, D.S. DeVault, D. Haffner, J. Payne, and H.J. Kling. 2008. PCB concentrations in lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) are correlated to habitat use and lake characteristics. Environ. Sci. Technol. 42(22): 8239-8244.

Hogan N.S., C.A. Wartman, M.A. Finley, J.G. van der Lee, and M.R. van den Heuvel. 2008. Simultaneous determination of androgenic and estrogenic endpoints in the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) using quantitative RT-PCR. Aquat. Toxicol. 90: 269-276.

Houde, M., D.C.G. Muir, K.A. Kidd, S. Guildford, K. Drouillard, X. Wang, M.S. Evans, D.M. Whittle, D. Haffner, and H. Kling. 2008. Influence of lake characteristics on the biomagnification of persistent organic pollutants in lake trout food webs. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 27:2169-2178.

Jardine, T.D., E. Chernoff, and R.A. Curry. 2008. Maternal transfer of carbon and nitrogen to progeny of sea-run and resident brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 65(10): 2201-2210.

Jardine, T.D., K.A. Kidd, J.T. Polhemus, and R.A. Cunjak. 2008. An elemental and stable isotope assessment of water strider feeding ecology and lipid dynamics: synthesis of lab and field studies. Freshwater Biol. 53: 2192-2205.

Jeffries, K.M., L.J. Jackson, L.E. Peters, and K.R. Munkittrick. 2008. Changes in population, growth and physiological indices of longnose dace (Rhinichthys cataractae) in the Red Deer River, Alberta, Canada. Archiv. Environ. Contam. Toxicol. 55: 639-651.

Klassen, C.N., and S.J. Peake. 2008. Effect of diet switch timing and food source on survival and growth of lake sturgeon. J. Appl. Ichthyol. 24: 527-533.

Linnansaari, T., K. Alfredsen, M. Stickler, J.V. Arnekleiv, A. Harby, and R.A. Cunjak. 2008. Does ice matter? Site fidelity and movements by Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L.) parr during winter in a substrate-enhanced river reach. River Res. Applic. Online publication Aug 2008. 10.1002/rra1109.

Logan, J.M., T.D. Jardine, T.J. Miller, S.E. Bunn, R.A. Cunjak, and M.E. Lutcavage. 2008. Lipid corrections in carbon and nitrogen stable isotope analyses: comparison of chemical extraction and modeling methods. J. Anim. Ecol. 77: 838-846.

O Kang, K.M. and H.O. Shin. 2008. Home ranges and homing routes of the black rockfish Sebastes schlegeli measured by acoustic telemetry. J. Kor. Fish. Soc. 41(3):221-227.

Kang, K.M. and H.O. Shin. 2008. Behavioral characteristics of black seabream Acanthopagrus schlegeli in Yeosu waters during winter. J. Kor. Fish. Soc. 41(1): 48-53.

Kang, K.M., H.O. Shin, D.H. Kang and M.S. Kim. 2008. Comparison of behavior characteristics between wild and cultured black seabream Acanthopagrus schlegeli using acoustic telemetry. J. Kor. Soc. Fish. Tech. 44(2):141-147.

Peterson, D.P., K.D. Fausch, J. Watmough, and R.A. Cunjak. 2008. When eradication is not an option: strategies for electrofishing suppression of nonnative brook trout to foster persistence of sympatric native cutthroat trout in small streams. N. Am. J. Fish. Manage. 28: 1847-1867.

Riley, S.C., K.R. Munkittrick, A.N. Evans, and C.C. Krueger. 2008. Understanding the ecology of disease in Great Lakes fish populations. Aquat. Ecosyst. Health Manage. 11: 321-334.

Sigourney, D.B., B.H. Letcher, M. Obedsinski, and R.A. Cunjak. 2008. Size-dependent growth in fish: patterns, models and metrics. J. Fish Biol. 72: 2435-2455.

Spiessl, S.M., K.T.B. MacQuarrie, and K.U. Mayer. 2008. Identification of key parameters controlling dissolved oxygen migration and attenuation in fractured crystalline rocks. J Contam. Hydrol. 95(3-4): 141-153.

Reports/Non-peer reviewed articles

Adams, J., K. Munkittrick, and D. MacLatchy. 2008. 2007 Monitoring results for the Little River. Report submitted to NB Environment for Irving Oil Ltd.

Alexander, A., and J. Culp. 2008. Insulate or Exacerbate? Exploring nutrient masking of contaminant effects. Learned Discourse. Integr. Environ. Assess. Manag. 4:263-264.

Arens, C., and K.R. Munkittrick. 2008. A review of potential methods for determining critical effect size in Canada’s Environmental Effects Monitoring program. Report Submitted to National EEM Office, Environment Canada, Gatineau, QC, Canada.

Barrett, T. 2008. Analysis of Cycle 1 Environmental Effects Monitoring fish survey data. Final report for Statistics 4903, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB, Canada.

Clément, M., P. Hardie, D. Caissie, and R.A. Cunjak. 2008. Characterization of the large woody debris in Catamaran Brook, New Brunswick, 1990 to 1997. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2794: 43 p.

Plante, F., and S.C. Courtenay. 2008. Increased oxygenation of sediment in Lamèque Bay (New Brunswick) following removal of algae and reduction of nutrient inputs from a seafood processing plant. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2805: v + 36p.

Reebs, S., S. LeBlanc, A. Fraser, P. Hardie, R.A. and Cunjak. 2008. Upstream and downstream movements of lake chub, Couesius plumbeus, and white sucker, Catostomus commersoni, at Catamaran Brook, 1990-2004. Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 2791: 19p.

Tardif, S., A. St-Hilaire and M. Ovidio. 2009. Modélisation par régressions des régimes thermiques des affluents de la Meuse, Belgique. INRS-ETE Research Report I-251, 17 pages.

Tramblay, Y., H. Capra, A. St-Hilaire. 2008. Modélisation géostatistique de l’eau du Rhône. INRS-ETE, Research report R-1015, 34 pages et 3 annexes. ISBN 978-2-89146-583-0.

Valois, A., C. Sarrazin-Delay, and B. Keller. 2009. Spatiotemporal patterns in northern Ontario benthic invertebrate communities: implications for biomonitoring. Cooperative Freshwater Ecology Unit, Sudbury, ON.

Personals - Culp Lab

Laura Noel is having a baby in March! Congratulations Laura and James!

Personals - Cunjak Lab

Welcome Willow Elizabeth Fraser! Only 2 weeks after their move from the Fundy Coast, Aaron and Nicole Fraser gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on October 3rd, 2008 in Fredericton. Aaron says that they are very happy to be living in Fredericton close to friends and family but still miss the Fundy Coast. Congrats you two!

Personals - Kidd Lab

At the end of August and in between field trips for her MSc research, Monica (nee Shaver) was married to Mark Finley at a lovely seaside ceremony in St. Martins, NB. Congratulations Monica and Mark!

Personals - Peake Lab

Claire Hrenchuk and Kelly Sparks hosted a Mexican themed dinner January 17th for the students in Steve Peake’s lab. This was a great opportunity to get to know the other students as well as their projects. That being said it was also a lot of fun! There were drinks and some live music provided by a few of the students. There was a great turnout with around 10 people participating.

CRI - In focus...

We will highlight folks from the CRI in each issue. Our first spotlight is on:

Dr. Brittany Graham - post-doc (Cunjak Lab) and Science Manager (SINLAB)

Britt obtained her Ph.D. in early 2008 from the University of Hawaii (Dept. of Oceanography) where she studied the foraging and migration habits of tuna in the Pacific Ocean using stable isotopes. During her time in Hawaii, she worked closely with Dr. Brian Popp (supervisor) and Dr. Brian Fry. A M.Sc. from Michigan State University (Environmental Geosciences where she studied Pacific salmon and marine derived nutrients in Alaskan streams) and a B.Sc. (Biology) from the University of Minnesota highlight a diverse background for someone so early in their career. As Science Manager in the Stable Isotopes in Nature lab (SINLAB), her primary responsibility will be to conduct independent and collaborative field and lab-oriented research involving the analysis of stable isotopes of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, and sulphur. In addition to her research focus, Britt will be providing advice to SINLAB clients and CRI-UNB graduate students and faculty on sample collection and project design as well as the interpretation of stable isotope data.

CRI in pictures (fun slideshows!) ...

CRI @ UPEI - field shots

Culp Lab - field shots

Don't worry, you did not miss the Annual CRI/NBCFWRU Ice Fishing Day - that is still coming soon - this was just an impromtu ice fishing day on Jan 24th (and when I say 'fishing', I really mean 'day out on the ice' - since no fish were seen or handled by any of the participants...) - the brave souls were Kelly Sparks, Claire Hrenchuk, Jon Peake, Jason Hallett, Bill Tibble and his wife (and dog Casey), Becky, Mark Gautreau with his wife Lisa and son Riley (and dog Cooper), Michelle Gray, Steve Peake, and two littlest Peakes - Nathan and Daniel.

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