Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre

Welcome to the University of Northern British Columbia's Dr. Max Blouw Quesnel River Research Centre. The QRRC is western Canada's only research facility that focuses on landscape ecology and hydro-geomorphological research and teaching. Located in the foothills of British Columbia's majestic Cariboo Range and on the banks of one of the world's deepest lakes, the QRRC fosters research and education in freshwater and watershed science. We reside in a fascinating watershed and are always looking for projects and opportunities that would help us understand it better.


Dr. Philip Owens and Dr. Ellen Petticrew present Mt Polley tailing pond breach research at the International Association of Hydrological Science

  • Phil Owens, Ellen Petticrew & Sam Albers. The Mount Polley Tailings Pond Breach: Impacts on aquatic systems
  • Ellen Petticrew, Sam Albers and Phil Owens. Sediment-Water Interactions following a Tailings Pond Breach in the Quesnel River Watershed

UNBC/QRRC presents poster to Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry conference in Vancouver.

UNBC shares research results on the Mt. Polley tailings pond breach. Please see the corresponding press release for more details.


UNBC/QRRC seeking post-doctoral research associate

Position: Environmental effects of the Mount Polley mine tailings pond breach

Posting: unbc_post_doc_on_mount_polley_final

Application deadline: November 30th, 2014

Mount Polley Mine Research

UNBC faculty, staff and students associated with the Quesnel River Research Centre in Likely and the main campus in Prince George are actively involved in research to understand the immediate and longer term environmental and ecological implications of August’s Mount Polley mine tailings pond failure. They are collecting water, sediment, and biological samples from the Quesnel watershed and looking at the movement of water and sediment plumes in Quesnel Lake. They are working with several other organizations, including universities, federal and provincial governments, research institutes, and First Nations. They will present preliminary findings at the annual QRRC open house on Saturday Oct. 4.