Donald J. Baird, Ph.D.



Steering Committee and Research Collaborator – Biomonitoring 2.0

Professor – University of New Brunswick; Research Scientist – Environment Canada

Since 2003, Dr. Baird has been employed as a research Scientist with the Water Science and Technology Division of Environment Canada, where his responsibilities include developing the science component of CABIN, Canada’s aquatic biomonitoring information network (, and developing techniques and approaches to support national aquatic biodiversity status and trends reporting.

Dr. Baird is involved in ongoing research into the development of ecohydrology standards for Canadian rivers. His primary research interests include the study of watershed patterns in aquatic biodiversity and the influence of landscape stressors on resident biota. As a part of the Biomonitoring 2.0 project, Dr. Baird is co-leading sampling efforts in WBNP as well as leading his own research into water quality assessment and biodiversity of freshwater organisms.

Select Publications

Baird DJ, Hajibabaei M. 2012. Biomonitoring 2.0: a new paradigm in ecosystem assessment made possible by next-generation DNA sequencing. Molecular Ecology 21: 2039-2044.

Baird DJ, Baker CJ, Brua RB, Hajibabaei M, McNicol K, Pascoe TJ, de Zwart D. 2011. Toward a knowledge infrastructure for traits-based ecological risk assessment. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 7(2): 209-215.

Baird DJ, Rubach MN, Van den Brink PJ. 2008. Trait-based ecological risk assessment (TERA): the new frontier? Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 4(1): 2-3.

Baird DJ, Brown SS, Lagadic L, Liess M, Maltby L, Moreira-Santos M, Schulz R, Scott GI. 2007. In situ-based effects measures: determining the ecological relevance of measured responses. Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management 3(2): 259-267.

Baird DJ, Van den Brink PJ. 2007. Using biological traits to predict species sensitivity to toxic substances. Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety 67(2): 296-301.


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