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Forest hydrology and watershed management
Natural (forest fires) and human (forest harvesting) disturbance effects on water quantity, water quality, and aquatic ecology
My current research interests are to quantitatively explore the impacts of land cover and land use change on hydrology, water quality, and aquatic ecosystem health at the hillslope, stream reach, and catchment scale. My research program also includes regional and state (provincial) scale analyses of spatial and temporal trends in water quantity and quality as related to land use and climate change. Research results should ultimately improve forested source water management and protection strategies by improving the predictive capability of hydrologic and biogeochemical models. I also have interests in continuing to develop high quality, trans-disciplinary research collaborations focused on providing local, regional, national, and international solutions to a diversity of water challenges, including municipal drinking water supply.
Prospective Graduate Students:
I'm always interested in hearing from highly motivated students who are quantitatively minded, field oriented, and able to develop and conduct independent scientific research. Please send me an e-mail if you're interested in joining our group.
Bladon, K.D., Emelko, M.B., Silins, U., and Stone, M. 2014. Wildfire and the future of water supply. Environmental Science & Technology. 48:8936-8943.
Wagner, M.J., Bladon, K.D., Silins, U., Williams, C.H.S., Martens, A.M., Boon, S., MacDonald, R.J., Stone, M., Emelko, M.B., and Anderson, A. 2014. Catchment-scale stream temperature response to land disturbance by wildfire governed by surface-subsurface energy exchange and atmospheric controls. Journal of Hydrology. 517: 328-338. View
Silins, U., Bladon, K.D., Kelly, E.N., Esch, E., Spence, J.R., Stone, M., Emelko, M.B., Boon, S., Wagner, M.J., Williams, C.H.S., and Tichkowsky, I. 2014. Five-year legacy of wildfire and salvage logging impacts on nutrient runoff and aquatic plant, macroinvertebrate, and fish productivity. Ecohydrology. 7(6): 1508-1523.