Kevin Bladon


Kevin Bladon graduated from the Department of Renewable Resources with a PhD (2006) in Ecohydrology under the co-supervision of Professors Uldis Silins and Victor Lieffers. His dissertation addressed differences in water use between boreal mixedwood tree species (trembling aspen, balsam poplar, paper birch, and white spruce) in response to microclimate change. Kevin has also earned a BSc (2001) in Environmental and Conservation Sciences (U of A), a Watershed Management Certificate (University of British Columbia), and a Communications Diploma (BCIT). After completing his PhD, Kevin worked for one year as a Forest Hydrology Consultant before returning to the Department to work as a post-doctoral fellow on the Southern Rockies Watershed Project, a watershed-scale study (7 catchments) evaluating the effects of natural disturbance (wildfire) and post-fire salvage harvesting on hydrology, water quality, and aquatic ecology. In 2008, he moved to Kelowna, BC to work as the Watershed Management Research and Extension Specialist for FORREX Forum for Research and Extension in Natural Resources. This position provided a great opportunity to work closely with a range of stakeholders including industry, First Nations, academia, natural resource consulting, community stewardship groups, and regional, provincial, and federal governments to identify information needs and develop and coordinate extension services related to conservation and sustainable watershed management in British Columbia.

Kevin then joined the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC as an Assistant Professor of Ecohydrology. This opportunity allows Kevin to continue to pursue his research interests on the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances on water quality, hydrology, and aquatic ecology. He plans to do so by continuing to collaborate with Professor Silins and other colleagues from the University of Alberta, University of Waterloo, and University of Lethbridge on the Southern Rockies Watershed Project. 

Most recently, Kevin has joined Oregon State University as an Assistant Professor. His 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.

Kevin credits his PhD co-supervisors (Professors Silins and Lieffers) for his success. “Their enthusiasm and philosophies for research and science were infectious and really awakened a curiosity inside of me about all things to do with water and natural resources in general. I can’t thank them enough for all of the opportunities they provided me to explore my own ideas, while providing just the right amount of guidance to help me succeed. I am deeply indebted to both of them for showing me how to be a good scientist and how to develop good research questions”.

Personally, Kevin is happiest when he is outdoors and enjoys spending time with his family and friends hiking, camping, and biking. He is also an accomplished cyclist who has competed on the international stage placing in the top 40 in the World 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike Championships.