University of New Brunswick (Canada)


University of New Brunswick (Canada)


Founded in 1785, the University of New Brunswick is the oldest English-language university in Canada. UNB is making a significant difference in New Brunswick and beyond through the creation of knowledge, teaching, and the integration of knowledge into society. UNB conducts over 75 per cent of the university-based research in the province – and close to 50 per cent of all the research conducted in the province.


A leading, national university, UNB has more than 10,000 undergraduate students, 1,400 graduate students, 2,000 faculty and staff over two campuses in Fredericton and Saint John, and more than 64,000 alumni worldwide. UNB offers more than 75 undergraduate and graduate programs. UNB has defined five strategic research themes, viewed as a pyramid with our ultimate dependence on Earth as the base, Society as the pinnacle, and the means by which the latter is supported contained within the intervening themes:

1) Global environment and resources,

2) Advanced technologies and applications,

3) The knowledge-based economy,

4) Health, wellness and human development, and

5) New Brunswick as a socio-cultural research environment.


Partners / Researchers

Thierry Chopin

Dr. Chopin is an established researcher and well-known expert on seaweeds and Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA; expresssion and acronym he coined in 2004). He has a solid track record in leadership and skills in collaborative, inter-disciplinary and multi-institutional research and management with major support over the last 17 years (AquaNet Network of Centres of Excellence for Aquaculture, ACOA-AIF, and NSERC Canadian IMTA Strategic Network). He has trained many highly qualified personnel (HQP) directly or through fruitful co-supervision with colleagues at other institutions. He has also been instrumental in initiating the first commercialisation developments of IMTA products. He has been the lead author for key IMTA papers with colleagues in Canada and abroad.

Dr. Chopin’s research focuses on the ecophysiology, biochemistry and cultivation of seaweeds of commercial value and the development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) systems for environmental sustainability (nutrient biomitigation and other ecosystem services, and green technologies for improved ecosystem health), economic stability (improved output, product diversification, risk reduction and job creation in coastal communities) and societal acceptability (better management practices, improved regulatory governance and appreciation of differentiated and safe products).

Dr. Chopin has published 145 refereed papers, 23 book chapters, 47 non-refereed publications, 420 abstracts (presented at 255 scientific meetings in 41 countries on 6 continents), 1 English/French DVD, 4 YouTube videos and has frequent contacts with the media (magazine articles, newspapers/radio/TV interviews and documentaries in 256 media in 42 countries). He has given 97 invited seminars in 14 countries.

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