Allen Curry

Allen Curry

Scientific Director ,
Canadian Rivers Institute

Allen Curry is a professor of Biology, Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. He was the Director of Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) from 2004-13 when he stepped down to become the Principal Investigator for the multi-million dollar Mactaquac Aquatic Ecosystem Study (MAES). He is a CRI Science Director, the NB Department of Natural Resources/Cloverleaf Foundation Professor of Recreational Fisheries Research, and Assistant Director-NB Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has >70 peer-reviewed publications, reports, books, and book chapters in the fields of fish ecology, fisheries, freshwater/estuarine/reef ecology, ecohydrology, and various fields within hydrology. He has >900 citations with an h-index=17 and i10-index=30.

He has worked in rivers, lakes, estuaries, and coral reefs on biomonitoring for industry (hydroelectric facilities, shale gas, and oil sands), environmental effects monitoring for industry and governments (pulp and paper, diamond and metal mining), and completed multiple consulting projects assessing water diversions, major hydro-dam and reservoir construction, and metal mining development. He has prepared multiple reports to provincial and federal governments on various fisheries and ecology requirements for environmental flows policy development.

Allen’s current projects include work on dam/reservoir and fish passage issues across various scales, from highways (NB Transportation and Infrastructure) and secondary roads (J.D. Irving, Limited) to large hydroelectric facilities (Nalcor Energy/ AMEC Foster Wheeler). He leads the MAES which is tasked with developing all of the required EIA metrics for the largest dam renewal project in the world. This work includes developing comprehensive fish passage solutions for the facility.

Allen sustains a suite of graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and research associates (75+ since 2000). He has been the keynote and invited lecture at >25 meetings, written >100 reports, has >150 conference presentations. He is a regular reviewer of journals (IFs 1 to >3) and granting agencies worldwide. He sits on two national boards (TU Canada and Living Lakes) and was on the Water Advisory Board for the Council of Federations.