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Kevin J McGuire

Assistant Professor of Hydrology

BS, 1997, Environmental Science, Susquehanna University; MS, 1999, Forest Resources, Penn State; PhD, 2004, Forest Engineering, Oregon State

Interest Areas: Watershed, hillslope, and forest hydrology; runoff generation processes; tracer and isotope applications in hydrology; land use and climate change effects on watershed processes and water quality; forest watershed management; and interactions between hydrology and biogeochemistry.

VA Water Resources Research Center 


Teaching Responsibilities
  • FOR 3104 Principles of Watershed Hydrology

  • FOR 4354 Forest Soils and Hydrology

  • FOR 5144 Hillslope and Watershed Hydrology

Selected Research Projects
  • Landform controls on hydrologic flowpaths and pedogenesis for predicting solute retention and export from pedon to catchment scales, NSF EAR
  • Water Quality Impacts in Forested Watersheds of Virginia – Forest Roads, Virginia Department of Forestry, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement

  • The use of isotope hydrology for detecting hydrological process changes in a mountain-top mine setting, NSF EAR

  • Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NSF LTER

  • Sediment source tracking study using tracers, Cannan Valley Institute and USDA-ARS

Select Publications (*student author)
  • Ali, G., Tetzlaff, D., Kruitbos, L., Soulsby, C., Carey, S., McDonnell, J., Buttle, J., Laudon, H., Seibert, J., McGuire, K., Shanley, J., 2013. Analysis of hydrological seasonality across northern catchments using monthly precipitation-runoff polygon metrics, Hydrological Sciences Journal, 59(1), 1-17, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2013.822639.

  • Carey, S. K., Tetzlaff, D., Buttle, J., Laudon, H., McDonnell, J., McGuire, K., Seibert, J., Soulsby, C., and Shanley J., 2013. Use of color maps and wavelet coherence to discern seasonal and inter annual climate influences on streamflow variability in northern catchments, Water Resources Research, 49, 6194-6207, doi:10.1002/wrcr.20469.

  • *Brown, K.R., Aust, W.M., McGuire, K.J., 2013. Sediment delivery from bare and graveled forest road stream crossing approaches in the Virginia Piedmont, Forest Ecology and Management, 310: 836-846, doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2013.09.031.

  • *Zimmer, M.A., Bailey, S.W., McGuire, K.J. and Bullen, T.D., 2013. Fine scale variations of surface water chemistry in an ephemeral to perennial drainage network. Hydrological Processes, 27(24): 3438-3451, doi:10.1002/hyp.9449.

  • *Brown, K.R., Aust, W.M., McGuire, K.J., 2013. Sediment associated with forest operations in the Piedmont region, In: Proceedings, 18th Central Hardwood Forest Conference, 2012 March 26-28, Morgantown, WV. General Technical Report NRS-P-117, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Newtown Square, PA, pp. 220-234.

  • *Forrester, M.S., Benham, B.L., Kline, K.S., and McGuire, K.J., 2013. Assessing the performance of HSPF when using the high water table subroutine to simulate hydrology in a low-gradient watershed, Journal of Water Resource and Hydraulic Engineering 2(2): 30-42.

  • Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C., Buttle, J., Capell, R., Carey, S. K., Laudon, H., McDonnell, J., McGuire, K., Seibert, S., and Shanley, J., 2013. Catchments on the Cusp? Structural and functional change in northern ecohydrology, Hydrological Processes, 27(5): 766-764, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9700.

  • Laudon, H., Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C., Carey, S., Seibert, J., Buttle, J., Shanley, J., McDonnell, J. J., and McGuire, K., 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.

  • Ali, G., Oswald, C.J., Spence, C., Cammeraat, E.L.H., McGuire, K.J., Meixner, T. and Reaney, S.M., 2013. Towards a unified threshold-based hydrological theory: necessary components and recurring challenges. Hydrological Processes, 27(2): 313-318. doi:10.1002/hyp.9560.

  • Wagener, T., *Kelleher, C., Weiler, M., McGlynn, B., Gooseff, M., Marshall, L., Meixner, T., McGuire, K., *Gregg, S., Sharma, P. and Zappe, S., 2012. It takes a community to raise a hydrologist: the Modular Curriculum for Hydrologic Advancement (MOCHA). Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 16(9): 3405-3418, doi: 10.5194/hess-16-3405-2012.

  • Laudon, H., Buttle, J., Carey, S.K., McDonnell, J., McGuire, K., Seibert, J., Shanley, J., Soulsby, C. and Tetzlaff, D., 2012. Cross-regional prediction of long-term trajectory of stream water DOC response to climate change. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(18): L18404, 10.1029/2012gl053033.

  • Kruitbos, L., Tetzlaff, D., Soulsby, C., Buttle, J., Carey, S., Laudon, H., McDonnell, J., McGuire, K., Seibert, J., Cunjak, R., Shanley, J., 2012. Hydroclimatic and hydrochemical controls on Plecoptera diversity and distribution in northern freshwater ecosystems. Hydrobiologia, 693:39-53, doi: 10.1007/s10750-012-1085-1.

  • *Kelleher, C., Wagener, T., Gooseff, M., McGlynn, B., McGuire, K., Marshall, L., 2012. Investigating controls on the thermal sensitivity of Pennsylvania streams. Hydrological Processes, 26(5): 771-785, doi:10.1002/hyp.8186.

  • McGuire, K.J. and Likens, G.E. 2011. (invited) Chapter 1. Historical roots of forest hydrology and biogeochemistry. In: Levia, D.F., Carlyle-Moses, D.E. and Tanaka, T. (Eds.), Forest Hydrology and Biogeochemistry: Synthesis of Past Research and Future Directions. Ecological Studies Series, No. 216, Part 1, pp. 3-26, Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, Germany, doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-1363-5_1.

  • McGuire, K.J., and McDonnell, J.J., 2010. Hydrological connectivity of hillslopes and streams: characteristic timescales and nonlinearities. Water Resources Research, 46, W10543, doi:10.1029/2010WR009341.

  • Carey S.K., Tetzlaff D., Seibert J., Soulsby C., Buttle J., Laudon H., McDonnell J., McGuire K., Caissie D., Shanley J., Kennedy M., Devito K., Pomeroy J.W., 2010. Inter-comparison of hydro-climatic regimes across northern catchments: synchronicity, resistance and resilience. Hydrological Processes, 24(24): 3591-3602. doi:10.1002/hyp.7880.

  • *Detty, J.M., McGuire, K.J., 2010. Threshold changes in storm runoff generation at a till mantled headwater catchment. Water Resources Research, 46, W07525, doi:10.1029/2009WR008102.

  • Tetzlaff, D., Carey, S., Laudon, H., McGuire, K., 2010. Catchment processes and heterogeneity at multiple scales - benchmarking observations, conceptualisation and prediction (Editorial). Hydrological Processes, 24(16): 2203-2208. doi:10.1002/hyp.7784.

  • *Detty, J. M., and McGuire, K.J., 2010. Topographic controls on groundwater dynamics: implications for hydrologic connectivity between hillslopes and riparian zones in a till mantled catchment. Hydrological Processes, 24(16): 2222 - 2236. doi:10.1002/hyp.7656.

  • McDonnell, J., McGuire, K., Aggarwal, P., Beven, K., Biondi, D., Destouni, G., Dunn, S., James, A., Kirchner, J., Kraft, P., Lyon, S., Maloszewski, P., Newman, B., Pfister, L., Rinaldo, A., Rodhe, A., Sayama, T., Seibert, J., Solomon, K., Soulsby, C., Stewart, M., Tetzlaff, D., Tobin, C., Troch, P., Weiler, M., Western, A., Wörman, A., ‡Wrede, S., 2010. How old is the water? Open questions in catchment transit time conceptualization, modelling and analysis. Hydrological Processes, 24(12): 1745-1754. doi:10.1002/hyp.7796.

  • Tetzlaff, D., Seibert, J., McGuire, K.J., Laudon, H., Burns, D., Dunn, S.M., and Soulsby, C., 2009. How does landscape structure influence catchment transit time across different geomorphic provinces? Hydrological Processes, 23(6): 945-953. doi:10.1002/hyp.7240.

  • 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.

  • Tetzlaff, D., McDonnell, J.J., Uhlenbrook, S., McGuire, K.J., Bogaart, P., Naef, F., Baird, A.J., Dunn, S.M. and Soulsby, C., 2008. Conceptualizing catchment processes: simply complex? Hydrological Processes, 22(11): 1727-1730. doi:10.1002/hyp.7240.

  • McGuire, K.J. and McDonnell, J.J., 2007. Stable isotope tracers in watershed hydrology. In: K. Lajtha and R. Michener (Editors), Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science, 2nd Edition. Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, UK, pp. 334-374. doi:10.1002/9780470691854.ch11.

  • McGuire, K.J., Weiler, M., McDonnell, J.J., 2007. Integrating tracer experiments with modeling to assess runoff processes and water transit time. Advances in Water Resources, 30(4): 824-837. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2006.07.004.

  • Wagener , T., Weiler, M., McGlynn, B., Gooseff, M., Meixner, T., Marshall, L., McGuire, K., McHale, M., 2007. Taking the pulse of hydrology education. Hydrological Processes, 21(13): 1789-1792. doi:10.1002/hyp.6766.

  • Loescher, H.W., Jacobs, J., Wendroth, O., Robinson, D.A., Poulos, G.S., McGuire, K., Reed, P., Mohanty, B., Krajewski, W., 2007. Enhancing water cycle measurements for future hydrologic research. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 88(5): 669-676. doi:10.1175/BAMS-88-5-669.

  • McGuire, K.J., McDonnell, J.J., 2006. A review and evaluation of catchment transit time modeling. Journal of Hydrology, 330(3-4): 543-563. doi:10.1016/j.hydrol.2006.04.020.

  • Turner, J., Albrechtsen, H.-J., Bonell, M., Duguet, J.-P., Harris, B., Meckenstock, R., McGuire, K., Moussa, R., Peters, N., Richnow, H.H., Sherwood-Lollar, B., Uhlenbrook, S., van Lanen, H., 2006. Future trends in transport and fate of diffuse contaminants in catchments, with special emphasis on stable isotope applications. Hydrological Processes, 20: 205-213. doi:10.1002/hyp.6074.

  • McGuire, K.J., McDonnell, J., Weiler, M., Kendall, C., Welker, J., McGlynn, B., Seibert, J., 2005. The role of topography on catchment-scale water residence time. Water Resources Research, 41, W05002, doi:10.1029/2004WR003657.

  • O'Driscoll, M.A., DeWalle, D.R., McGuire, K.J., Gburek, W.J., 2005. Seasonal 18O variations and groundwater recharge for three landscape types in central Pennsylvania, USA. Journal of Hydrology, 303(1-4): 108-124. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2004.08.020.

  • Weiler, M., McGlynn, B.L., McGuire, K.J., McDonnell, J.J., 2003. How does rainfall become runoff?: A combined tracer and runoff transfer function approach. Water Resources Research, 39(11), 1315, doi: 10.1029/2003WR002331.

  • McGuire, K.J., DeWalle, D.R., Gburek, W.J., 2002. Evaluation of mean residence time in subsurface waters using oxygen-18 fluctuations during drought conditions in the mid-Appalachians. Journal of Hydrology, 261(1-4): 132-149. doi:10.1016/S0022-1694(02)00006-9.

  • DeWalle, D.R., Swistock, B.R., Johnson, T.E., McGuire, K.J., 2000. Potential effects of climate change and urbanization on mean annual streamflow in the United States. Water Resources Research, 36(9): 2655-2664. doi:10.1029/2000WR900134.

Selected Presentations
  • McGuire, K.J., 2010. The concept of hydrological connectivity of hillslopes and streams: open questions and ways forward. CUAHSI 2nd Biennial Colloquium on Hydrologic Science and Engineering, Water Across Interfaces, July 21-22, Boulder, CO.
  • Torgersen, C.E., Likens, G.E., Buso, D.C., McGuire, K.J., Lowe, W.H., 2010. Linking network patterns and processes of streamwater chemistry across scales in Hubbard Brook Valley, Joint Meeting of the North American Benthological Society and the American Society of Oceanography and Limnology, June 6-11, 2010, Santa Fe, NM.
  • McGuire, K.J., Aust, W.M., Schoenholtz, S.H., 2009. What difference can forest management make for water quality? Ecosystem Based Management in the Chesapeake, Baltimore, MD.
  • McGuire, K., 2009. Does topography control catchment transit time? International Atomic Energy Agency, Workshop on Water Residence Time in Catchments, Vienna.
  • McGuire, K.J., Brousseau, P.A., Bailey, S.W., 2009. Landforms, soil development, and shallow water table dynamics: implications for hydrological connectivity at the catchment scale, Eos Trans. AGU 90(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H33B-0871.
  • Johnson, S.L, Adams, M., Amatya, D.M., Bailey, S.W., Jones, J.B., Knoepp, J.D., McCaughey, W., McDowell, W.H., McGuire, K.J., Rhoades, C.C., Sebestyen, S.D., Wohlgemuth, P.M., 2009. Stream Nutrient Responses to Forest Harvest and Disturbance: Lessons from Long-Term Research at USFS Experimental Forests. 7th North American Forest Ecology Workshop, Logan, Utah, June 22 to 26, 2009.
  • McGuire, K.J., Detty, J.M., 2008. Soil moisture and precipitation thresholds: implications for hillslope contributions to runoff. Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H11C-0782.
  • Sebestyen, S.D., McGuire, K.J., Johnson, S.L., Wohlgemuth, P.M., 2008. A century of experimental forest and range research at the US Forest Service: recent synthesis efforts and opportunities for cross-site collaboration. Eos Trans. AGU, 89(53), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H13C-0927.
  • Doogan, C.B., McGuire, K.J., Bailey, S.W., Kahl, J.S., Estabrook, R.H., 2008.  The role of landscape controls on stream chemistry variability and inorganic aluminum mobilization in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  Northeastern Ecosystem Research Cooperative Conference, November 12-13, Durham, NH. 
  • McDonnell, J.J., McGuire, K.J., 2008. Landform and topographic effects on soil moisture delivery / supply.  Northwest Forest Soils Council, Winter Technical Meeting on Douglas-fir Soil-Plant Water Relationships -- Tree and Landscape Scales, January 29, 2008, Bellingham, WA.
    McGuire, K., McDonnell, J., Vaché, K., Weiler, M.,  2007. The value of tracer data in catchment modeling and process representation. Eos Trans. AGU, 88(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H53I-01.
  • McGuire, K.J., 2007. Making hydrologic predictions in ungauged basins in New England. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 39(1): 34.
  • McGuire, K.J., McDonnell, J.J., 2006. The role of hillslopes in stream flow response: connectivity, flow path, and transit time, Eos Trans. AGU, 87(52), Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract H11A-1231.
Professional Activities and Awards
  • Editorial board, Hydrological Processes 

  • Faculty Advisor for VT AWRA Student Chapter 

  • Faculty Advisor for Xi Sigma Pi 

  • American Geophysical Union

  • International Association for Hydrological Sciences

  • American Water Resources Association 

  • Hubbard Brook LTER Committee of Scientists

  • Water Quality Academic Advisory Committee VA DEQ

  • Xi Sigma Pi

  • Forestry Honor Society

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Gamma Sigma Delta

  • Agricultural Honor Society

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