Kevin Bladon

Bladon, Kevin

Position Type:
Job Title:
FES Department Head
Forest Ecosystems & Society
Office Location:
321 Richardson Hall
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Graduate Major Advisor
PhD, 2006, Forest Hydrology, University of Alberta
BSc, 2002, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, University of Alberta
Research Areas
Forest Soil and Watershed Processes
Research Interests
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Ecohydrology
  • Hydrology
  • Soil Science
  • Watershed Hydrology
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.
Selected Publications:
  1. Wampler, K.A., Bladon, K.D., and Faramarzi, M. 2023. Modeling wildfire effects on streamflow in the Cascade Mountains, Oregon, USA. Journal of Hydrology. 621: 129585. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2023.129585.
  2. Ebel, B.A., Wagenbrenner, J.W., Kinoshita, A.M., and Bladon, K.D. 2022. Hydrologic recovery after wildfire: A framework of approaches, metrics, criteria, trajectories, and timescales. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics. 70(4): 388–400. doi: 10.2478/johh-2022-0033.
  3. Roebuck Jr., J.A., Bladon, K.D., Donahue, D., Graham, E., Grieger, S., Morgenstern, K., Norwood, M., *Wampler, K.A., Erkert, L., Renteria, L., Danczak, R., Fricke, S., & Myers-Pigg, A. 2022. Spatiotemporal controls on the delivery of dissolved organic matter to streams following a wildfire. Geophysical Research Letters. 49(16): e2022GL099535. doi: 10.1029/2022GL099535.
  4. Shuman, J.K., Balch, J.K., Barnes, R. T., Higuera, P.E., Roos, C.I., Schwilk, D.W., Stavros, E.N., et al. 2022. Reimagine fire science for the Anthropocene. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) Nexus. 1(3): pgac115. doi: 10.1093/pnasnexus/pgac115.
  5. Warren, D.R., Roon, D.A., Swartz, A., and Bladon, K.D. 2022. Loss of riparian forests from wildfire led to increased stream temperatures in summer, yet salmonid fish persisted. Ecosphere. 13(9): e4233. doi:10.1002/ecs2.4233
  6. Robinne, F.-N., Hallema, D.W., Bladon, K.D., Flannigan, M.D., Boisramé, G., Bréthaut, C.M., Gallagher, L., Doerr, S.H., Di Baldassarre, G., Hohner, A., Khan, S.J., Kinoshita, A.M., Martin, D., Mordecai, R., Nunes, J.P., Nyman, P., Santín, C., Sheridan, G., Stoof, C., Thompson, M.P., Waddington, J.M., Wei, Y. 2021. Scientists' warning on extreme wildfire risks to water supply. Hydrological Processes: HP Today (Invited Commentary). 57(5): e14086. doi: 10.1002/hyp.14086.