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Source: University of New Brunswick - Saint John


October 16, 2006

October 16, 2006
UNB News Release: 06-185
Julia Heyland, Communications Manager (506) 648-5697

The Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) at the University of New Brunswick is
pleased to bring internationally-renowned aquatic ecologist Judy Meyer to
Saint John and Fredericton as the dynamic guest speaker for the fourth
annual H.B.N. Hynes Lecture. Dr. Meyer is a professor in the Institute of
Ecology at the University of Georgia. On Thursday, Oct. 19, she will speak
at UNB Saint John at 7 p.m. in Hazen Hall Lecture Theatre on a topic that is
very important to the Maritimes, the:

Birthplaces of Rivers: The Diversity, Destruction, and Restoration of
Headwater Streams.

She travels to UNB Fredericton on Friday, Oct. 20 for a 3 p.m. lecture in
Room 146 of Loring Bailey Hall. Her timely topic for this presentation will

Forest-stream Linkages in an Urbanizing Landscape.

Everyone with an interest in the health of our rivers is encouraged to
attend these presentations.

Since joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1977, Dr. Meyer
has focused her research on nutrient pollution in streams and rivers, on the
natural processes that maintain water quality, and on the effects that
development, for example urbanization, and water management have on aquatic
systems. She has been heavily involved in public education and has worked
with numerous conservation organizations.

As part of United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory
Board and the University of Georgia’s River Center, an institute for the
advancement of water science and policy, she has lent her expertise on a
number of issues. They include the importance of wetlands and small streams
to the health of river networks, the importance of stream buffer zones to
native fish, the impacts of logging on water quality, and the effects of
lawn and agricultural fertilizers and pesticides on streams.

"We are delighted to bring Dr. Meyer and her powerful message to New
Brunswick," said Allen Curry, director of the Canadian Rivers Institute.
"Her studies on the effects of human activities on streams and rivers are
critically important, especially in a region such as ours where the health
of aquatic systems is so closely linked to land use and development, and our
rivers are such a valuable resource."

The lecture series is named for distinguished professor emeritus Noel Hynes
from the University of Waterloo who, as a founding father of river ecology,
delivered the original Hynes Lecture in 2002. Dr. Hynes authored the 1971
book Ecology of Running Waters which has been the prominent text in this
field. He received an honorary doctorate from UNB in 2003.

The CRI was established in 2001 as a multi-university, multi-sector
institute focused on protecting the ecological health of Canadian rivers and
estuaries. From four personnel in December of 2000, the CRI has grown to
include four Canada Research Chairs, four externally funded professorships,
five associated faculty positions, four technical appointments and numerous
graduate students and support staff at UNB. Research scientists from
Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada also participate in the
CRI at UNB. In the fall of 2006, the CRI opened a new $5 million research
facility to support its activities at UNB in Saint John. For more
information on the CRI, visit

For further information on the H.B.N. Hynes Lecture series contact Karen
Kidd in Saint John at 506-648-5809 ( or Allen Curry in
Fredericton at 506-452-6208 (

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