Bladon, Kevin

Position Type: 
Job Title: 
Associate Professor
Forest Engineering, Resources & Management
Office Location: 

244 Peavy Forest Science Center (PFSC)

Phone Number: 
(541) 737-5482
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.


Graduate Major Advisor
Selected Publications: 
  1. Bladon, K.D. 2018. Rethinking wildfire and forest watershed management. Science. 359(6379): 1001–1002.
  2. Bladon, K.D., Segura, C., Cook, N.A., Bywater-Reyes, S, and Reiter, M. 2018. A multi-catchment analysis of headwater and downstream temperature effects from contemporary forest harvesting. Hydrological Processes. 32: 293–304.
  3. Bywater-Reyes, S., Segura, C., and Bladon, K.D. 2018. Relative influence of landscape variables, hydrologic conditions, and forest management on sediment yields in temperate mountain catchments. Water Resources Research. 54(7): 5126–5142.
  4. Hallema, D.W., Robinne, F.-N., and Bladon, K.D. 2018. Reframing the challenge of wildfire threats to global water supplies. Earth’s Future. 6(6): 772–776.
  5. Hallema, D.W., Sun, G., Caldwell, P.V., Norman, S.P., Cohen, E.C., Liu, Y., Bladon, K.D., and McNulty, S.G. 2018. Burned forests impact water supplies. Nature Communications. 9: 1307.
  6. Hatten, J.A., Segura, C., Bladon, K.D., Hale, V.C., Ice, G.G., and Stednick, J.D. 2018. Effects of successive forest harvests on suspended sediment dynamics in the Oregon Coast Range: Alsea Watershed Study Revisited. Forest Ecology and Management. 408: 238–248.
  7. McDonnell, J.J., Evaristo, J., Bladon, K.D., Buttle, J.M., Creed, I.F., Dymond, S.F., Grant, G.E., Iroume, A., Jackson, C.R., Jones, J.A., Maness, T.C., McGuire, K.J., Scott, D.F., Segura, C., Sidle, R.C., and Tague, A.N. 2018. Water sustainability and watershed storage. Nature Sustainability. 1: 378–379.
  8. Robinne, F.-N., Bladon, K.D., Miller, C., Parisien, M.-A., Mathieu, J., and Flannigan, M.D. 2018. A spatial evaluation of global wildfire-water risks to human and natural systems. Science of the Total Environment. 610-611: 1193–1206.
  9. Bywater-Reyes, S., Segura, C., and Bladon, K.D. 2017. Geology and geomorphology influence suspended sediment transport and modulate increases following harvest in temperate headwater catchments. Journal of Hydrology. 548: 754–769.
  10. Hallema, D.W., Sun, G., Bladon, K.D., Caldwell, P.V., Norman, S.P., Liu, Y., and McNulty, S.G. 2017. Regional patterns of post-wildfire streamflow in the Western United States: The importance of scale-specific connectivity. Hydrological Processes. 31: 2582–2598.