Dr. Kevin McGuire

Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation

Dr. McGuire’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on hydrological processes that affect the routing, storage, and age of water contributing to the generation of streamflow. He is interested in how pathways of water influence biogeochemical cycling and how land use and environmental change effect watershed processes and water quality. Throughout his career, Dr. McGuire has worked within the National Science Foundation’s Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) program and is now primarily working at the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study LTER. He and his group of collaborators are examining the interacting roles of soil development, weathering, and water flow to understand how forest ecosystems respond to a changing environment driven by air pollution, land management, and climate variability.

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Dr. McGuire is associate director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center and a professor in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation at Virginia Tech. He has served on the editorial boards of Water Resources Research, Hydrological Processes, and the Journal of Environmental Quality. He is a member of the American Geophysical Union and American Water Resources Association. Dr. McGuire has published more than 70 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

At Virginia Tech, Dr. McGuire teaches undergraduate courses in Principles of Watershed Hydrology and Forest Soil and Watershed Management. At the graduate level, he teaches Hillslope and Watershed Hydrology. Dr. McGuire coordinates the cross-college Watershed Management graduate certificate and Watershed Management undergraduate minor.


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Recent Relevant Publications

Jensen, C. K., McGuire, K. J., Prince, P. S., 2017. Headwater stream length dynamics across four physiographic provinces of the Appalachian Highlands, Hydrological Processes, 31(19): 3350–3363, doi: 10.1002/hyp.11259.

Chandler, H.C., McLaughlin, D.L., Gorman, T.A., McGuire, K.J., Feaga, J.B., Haas, C.A., 2017. Drying rates of ephemeral wetlands: implications for breeding amphibians, Wetlands, 37:545–557, doi:10.1007/s13157-017-0889-1.

Kelly, C.N., McGuire, K.J., Miniat, C.F., Vose, J.M. 2016. Forest management changes streamflow response to increasing precipitation extremes, Geophysical Research Letters, 43(8), 3727–3736, doi:10.1002/2016GL068058.

Nijzink, R., Hutton, C., Pechlivanidis, I., Capell, R., Arheimer, B., Freer, J., Han, D., Wagener, T., McGuire, K.J., Savenije, H., Hrachowitz, M., 2016. The evolution of root-zone moisture capacities after deforestation: a step towards hydrological predictions under change?, Hydrology and Earth System Science, 20, 4775-4799, doi:10.5194/hess-20-4775-2016.

Benettin, P., Bailey, S.W., Campbell, J.L., Green, M.B., Rinaldo, A., Likens, G.E., McGuire, K.J., Botter, G., 2015. Linking water age and solute dynamics in streamflow at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, USA, Water Resources Research, 51(11): 9256–9272, doi:10.1002/2015WR017552.

Gannon, J.P., Bailey, S.W., McGuire, K.J., Shanley, J.B., 2015. Flushing of distal hillslopes as an alternative source of stream dissolved organic carbon in a headwater catchment, Water Resources Research, 51(10): 8114–8128, doi: 10.1002/2015WR016927.

Creed, I.F., McKnight, D.M., Pellerin, B.A., Green, M.B., Bergamaschi, B.A., Aiken, G.R., Burns, D.A., Findlay, S.E.G., Shanley, J.B., Striegl, R.G., Aulenbach, B.T., Clow, D.W., Laudon, H., McGlynn, B.L., McGuire, K.J., Smith, R.A., Stackpoole, S.M., 2015. The river as a chemostat: fresh perspectives on dissolved organic matter flowing down the river continuum, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 72(8): 1272-1285, doi: 10.1139/cjfas-2014-0400.

Wexler, S.K., Goodale, C.L., McGuire, K.J., Bailey, S.W., Groffman, P.M. 2014. Isotopic signals of summer denitrification in a northern hardwood forested catchment, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(46): 16413–16418, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404321111.

McGuire, K.J., Torgersen, C.E., Likens, G.E., Buso, D.C., Lowe, W.H., Bailey, S.W. 2014. Network analysis reveals multiscale controls on streamwater chemistry. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(19):7030-7035, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404820111.

Bailey, S.W., Brousseau, P.A., McGuire, K.J., Ross, D.S. 2014. Influence of landscape position and transient water table on soil development and carbon distribution in a steep, headwater catchment, Geoderma 226–227:279–289, doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2014.02.017.

Laudon, H., Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C., Carey, S., Seibert, J., Buttle, J., Shanley, J., McDonnell, J. J., McGuire, K.J., 2013. Change in winter climate will affect dissolved organic carbon and water fluxes in mid- to high latitude catchments, Hydrological Processes, 27(5): 700-709, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9686.

Huntington, T.G., Richardson, A.D., McGuire, K.J., Hayhoe, K., 2009. Climate and hydrological changes in the northeastern United States: recent trends and implications for forested and aquatic ecosystems, Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 39: 199-212. doi:10.1139/X08-116.

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