Professor Emeritus, Biology
Past Director (1985-2005), Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER)
Former Director, Academy of the Environment
Office: Patterson Hall, Room 508
Dr. Daborn is Professor Emeritus at Acadia University. He was a graduate of the University of Alberta and taught Biology at Acadia University from 1973 to 2004. He was the founding Director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER), which was established in 1985 to focus attention on estuarine environments, such as the Bay of Fundy. ACER research studies have covered the full range of topics in estuarine research, from the ecology of plants, to the population dynamics, growth rates and feeding relationships of crustaceans, fish and birds, and have been carried out in the Canadian Arctic, Europe, South America and New Zealand. A lot of the research has dealt with the effects of human modifications of estuaries and coastal waters, such as the construction of causeways, the dredging of harbours, the addition of nutrients or contaminants, and tidal power.
From 2004 to 2007, Dr. Daborn was first Director of the Academy for the Environment at Acadia University. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Program Management Committee for the Canadian Water Network, a Network of Centres of Excellence aimed at understanding the Environmental Implications of Clean Water. From 1996-2004 he chaired the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership, a virtual institute concerned with increasing cooperation between governments, communities, resource users and industries in development of sustainable futures for the communities and resources of the Bay of Fundy. His current activities relate primarily to the environmental implications of generating renewable energy from the marine environment, especially from tidal currents in the Bay of Fundy. He served as a member of the Board of the Ocean Renewable Energy Group (now Marine Renewables Canada), and as a volunteer on the Research Advisory Committee and the Tidal Area Sub-committee for the Offshore Energy Environmental Research Association (OEER).